Parakeets, budgies, or also known as budgerigars, are small colorful birds. This little parrot family member makes an excellent companion for any pet beginner who wants to adopt a bird. The Parakeets are considered 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 Quaker Parakeet, Indian Ringneck Parakeet, Alexandrine Ringneck Parakeet, Moustached Parakeets.
Origin of the Parakeet
Parakeets are spread throughout the world. In Australia, some Parakeets 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.
If you are looking for a small pet with a big heart, a parakeet is an excellent choice. Parakeets are lively and affectionate, and when given proper care and an ample dose of attention, they’ll thrive in almost any living situation. They make great companions for older folks and apartment dwellers whose landlords allow small birds.
Parakeets are highly social birds that live in large flocks in the wild. For this reason, parakeets need a lot of social interaction with their owner or with a mate to stay happy and healthy. If you would like to train your Parakeet to be friendly with humans, we recommend getting only one bird to start with. Parakeets are most active when kept in pairs or groups. Still, careful consideration should be taken before any two birds are placed together to prevent injury.
Parakeets are among the best talkers in the bird world and can learn multitudes of words and sounds if exposed to them repeatedly. There are a variety of training tools that you can use to help teach your bird to talk, such as digital speech recorders (Wordy Birdy) and CDs. Your best training tool is your own voice. You can train your bird to talk just by talking to your bird frequently. Please keep in mind that while many birds choose to talk, it is up to the bird whether it wants to learn or not – not every bird talks, and there are no guarantees.
Parakeets are playful birds and should be provided with a cage that is a minimum size of 18″ x 18″ x 18″. The larger the cage, the more comfortable it will be for the bird. A right cage should have horizontal bars on at least two sides, as hookbills love to climb. Horizontal bars help to make climbing easier. Bar spacing should be no more than 1/2″ apart to prevent injury.
A Parakeet should be provided with a proper diet to keep it happy and content. A pet Parakeet’s regular diet includes pellets, veggies, nuts, fruits, small-sized pasta, 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 a 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 its content.