Parakeet: Facts, Diet, Temperament, Health & more
Size: 18 - 45 cm / 7 - 18 inches
Life Expectancy: 15 - 20 years
The Parakeets are considered to be the smallest member of the parrot family and the word "Parakeet" means long tail. They are small to medium sized parrots with long, tapered tail feathers rather than the larger parrots with stockier bodies and square tails. Their small size, bright colors, and cheerful disposition make them perfect pets. It is calming to listen to their quiet chattering and chirping. Some parakeets even learn to talk.
Parakeets come in a large variety of colors including pastel blues, yellows, dark greens, violets, solid whites and almost limitless combinations of the same.
Types of Parakeets
The most popular types of Parakeets are:
The Quaker Parakeet is a green bird with gray feathers on neck and forehead. The Quaker Parakeet
has proven to be just as intelligent and much more personable than the common Parakeet.
Know more about Quaker Parakeets
Indian Ringneck Parakeet
The Indian Ringneck Parakeets are elegant, beautiful and make good pets for those willing to provide
ongoing obedience training. The plumage of this bird is apple green, although mutations in a range of
other colors also exist.
Know more about Indian Ringneck Parakeets
Origin of the Parakeet
Parakeets are spread throughout the world. In Australia there are Parakeets that live in the grass. Parakeets are one of America's most popular pet birds. The Parakeet was introduced to England in 1840, but it was brought to Japan even earlier. After the Parakeets' original introduction in England, they rapidly spread throughout Europe.
- The Parakeets are colorful, graceful birds are full of energy.
- Being flock birds, the Parakeets are very social with each other and with people.
- They love attention and make wonderful pets.
- Parakeets like warm weather and lots of seeds and fruit.
- They are also known for being messy and quite loud.
The Parakeet is a brilliantly colored small parrot that makes a delightful companion pet. Their antics are fun to watch. They can be trained to talk and mimic your words. Keep his cage and accessories clean. Spend time playing and talking with your bird. Provide him with plenty of mental stimulation with toys. You will have a good friend for many years to come.
Parakeet As A Pet
A Parakeet is perhaps the best type of bird to have as a pet. Parakeets are inexpensive, easy to care for and entertaining. They provide hours of amusement with their lively chatter, playfulness, intelligence and curiosity.
They're perfect for just about everyone, from families with children to single people living in apartments. Since Parakeets are not quite as frail and delicate as many other types of pet birds, they can live anywhere from five to ten years if they are well-cared for.
Learn how to fully train your Parakeet and control his behavior
The cage shape is also very important for the bird. Square or rectangular cages are more appropriate for parrots. Before buying the cage, do a thorough checking of the security mechanism.
Don't pick out a fancy cage, especially one of those bamboo cages. The Parakeet will chew it up and this can be dangerous. A wire cage is best. Wire cages can be sanitized easily. Parakeets prefer non-round cages. As with any bird, the bigger the cage the better.
Cage size should be:
- Parakeets need approximately: 24" W x 24" H x 36" D
- Bar spacing: 1/2" to 5/8"
Learn more about Parakeet cages
A Parakeet should be provided with proper diet to keep it happy and content. A pet Parakeet's regular diet includes pellets, veggies, nuts, fruits, small sized pastas, cooked chicken or turkey and other bits and pieces of foods.
- Many even prefer boiled vegetables to fresh ones.
- Give plenty of fresh water to your Parakeet for a happy and healthy bird.
- Beware, that a Parakeet can become bored with formulated diet that can trigger off negative behavior.
- Make a combination of small parrot mix and supplement with your bird's regular meals.
- Vitamin supplements can be added to their drinking water or sprinkled on their food.
- Make sure you never feed your bird avocado, cabbage, parsley and iceberg lettuce.
Remember, your pet's diet will improve its health and will keep it content.
What is the Ideal Diet For Your Parakeet
Parakeets are prone to neurotic behavior including feather plucking and self-mutilation, especially if denied the affection and attention they need so strongly. Usually active, energetic and healthy, Parakeet can suffer from common diseases like any other Parrots.
- loss of appetite
- weight loss
- feather plucking
- beak swelling
- wheezing or coughing
- favoring one foot
- eye or nasal discharge
- red or swollen eyes
Care should be taken while trimming your bird's feathers.
How To Keep Your Parakeet Healthy?
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