I grew up with parakeets and had them off and on during my life.
A Little History on Parakeets
Parakeet means "little parot." They originally came from Australia. At first, parakeets were basically one color—a drab, dark green. But with careful breeding, parakeets are now available in all sorts of colors. You can have blue, green, or two-tone birds, like yellow and green or white and blue. There are also all-yellow parakeets and pastel colors. I once had a light green bird that the pet shop called "sea-foam" color.
When they were exported to England, they were called budgerigar or "budgies" for short. They were very popular in the United States in the 1950s and '60s and were sometimes referred to as budgies, but that has fallen out of use and now they are all called parakeets.
Bringing Your Parakeet Home
First, you've got to pick out a smart bird. They usually have a whole bunch of parakeets in a big cage. Some are pecking at each other, and some are fluttering about. You have to watch for a while, find the color that you like, and then watch how he or she interacts with its fellow 'keets.
Male or Female?
Male parakeets have a blue cere, a piece above their beak that has two nostrils. The female has a white-ish/beige cere. Very young birds have pink ceres. Some people believe that only males can be taught to talk. This is not true. My best talker was a female named Angel.
Healthy, Steady Birds
A healthy bird has wings that cross in the back and nice-looking pink feet. Healthy birds do not have an overgrown or gnarly beak.
Wait until the bird you like gets to the end of the perch, then approach it and talk to it quietly. If it looks interested, that's a good sign. If you put a finger very slowly to the end of the perch and it goes ape-shit, this is not a good sign. You want a parakeet with steady nerves.
Caring for Your Parakeet
Once you get it home, you will have to have all the equipment it needs to be a happy, healthy parakeet.
Cages and Perches
A roomy cage is needed and enough perches for it to hop and climb. Perches should be made of wood because plastic perches can grow cold under the bird's feet. It is very important to place the cage away from any drafts.
If you must have a cat, you can have a parakeet also, but the bird must be kept in a cage that has bars that are very close together on all sides (plus the top of the cage) so the cat can't put its paw through at all. The cage must also be on a stable table and must not hang from a hook or be in any way unstable; otherwise, the cat will jump up on it. Parakeets sometimes get out of their cage by accident, and of course, if you have a cat, it could mean disaster for the bird. There might be a murder in the house.
Lining the Cage Bottom
You will have to line the bottom of the cage with sturdy paper. You can use a paper grocery bag and cut it to size. Pet shops sell pre-cut paper liners that already have gravel loosely attached. Gravel is also necessary for the bird's health and digestion. You can buy a box of gravel and sprinkle it on your homemade liners. Whatever you use, the liner should be changed once a week. Do not use a paper towel because most parakeets will shred them to bits and you will have a big mess on your hands.
Food and Treats
Parakeets like a variety of food and treats. You can buy parakeet seed, which is a certain mixture of seed that is right for parakeets. They should have a cuttlebone and a keetcake for minerals and to help digest food. Most birds like to have a millet spray hanging in their cage. Remember, parakeets are great nibblers, so be sure to check their food supply every day and make sure their water is fresh. You can also give them fruit and veggies of practically any kind. You can cook up some frozen mixed veggies, drain them, and put some in a little feeder.
Parakeets do molt, and you will find wing feathers and even an occasional tail feather. Usually a tail feather has grown pretty long under the existing tail before the old tail sheds. Parakeets will clean their feathers often. They will run their beak down the full length of their wing feathers and poke around for loose feathers. After this ritual, they will shake themselves like crazy, and one little white feather will float in the air.
Understanding How They Sleep
Parakeets have a strange way of sleeping. They will often go to their swing and swing for a while before going to sleep. When they're ready for sleep, they will stand on one leg and lock it in place. I don't know how they do this, but they do. They will then lift up the other leg and hold it close to their bodies, and they will twist their head around and hide it under their wing. Amazingly, they are secure this way and will not fall off the perch.
A parakeet will learn in time that when you get its cover for its cage, it will fly back to its cage and get on the swing for bedtime. Parakeets do like to have their cages covered at night. Be sure your cage is out of any drafts.
Recognizing the Signs of a Sick Parakeet
A sick parakeet will be all puffed up. They will not look sleek. Their wings will not cross in the back but kind of hang down. Their droppings will be watery and not look like the normal ones that are perfectly round and white with a dot in the middle. Sadly, sick parakeets seldom recover, although you can take it to a vet who handles birds and see if anything can be done.
Training Your Parakeet
If you want to be able to train your parakeet to sit on your finger and play with toys outside its cage, it is important to have a single bird. Two birds are not interested in anyone else, but if you are not planning to spend much time with your new pet, it's better to get two so they can keep each other company.
With a single bird, you can hang a mirror in the cage as they like to coo and kiss at the mirror. It is amusing to watch a bird interact with its mirror image. They will sometimes go into a trance where their head feathers stick out, the whites of their eyes will show, and they will keep bobbing their head up and down while making strange sounds to the image in the mirror.
Help the Bird Get Accustomed to Sitting on Your Finger
The first step to train your parakeet is to get it used to your finger. Approach the bird with your forefinger very slowly inside its cage, until you can place it just under its breast. Push up a little bit and the bird will eventually move to stand on your finger.
A trained bird will like to sit on your shoulder and fly around the room at will. When you first let your parakeet out for its first fly-around, it will probably fly into a window. It usually will do this only once. And then it will fly to the windowsill. I once had a parakeet that continued to fly into the window until it knocked itself silly and I just let it stay in its cage.
Try a "Training Stick" to Help Your Bird Get Around
My dad made a "training stick" out of two dowels. One was about two and a half to three feet long, and the other was glued to one end and was about three inches wide. When the bird was up high on top of the curtains or some other high place, I would use this to get the bird to hop on it and take it down to either put it on the table or back in its cage.
Parakeets will soon learn what toys belong to him or her. They like a weighted toy bird that they can peck at and knock down and it will pop right up again. My birds liked a circular ladder that they could climb and ring a bell at the top. I also had a toy ferris wheel that the bird could use its beak to spin around.
I used a wooden match cardboard slide cover to make a tunnel that was just the right size for the bird go in and out of. Be creative with your parakeet's toys. You might find something new in the pet shop or make something yourself for it to enjoy. Just be careful that there is nothing that could harm the bird.
Teaching Your Bird to Speak
You must repeat the words you want your parakeet to learn. Simple words like "Pretty bird," "Watcha doin'," "Hi, birdy," and the like are probably the easier words to learn. They will say these words in a different order all day long while making parakeet chirping sounds.
Proper Care Will Give You Many Years With Your Pet
If you keep its diet well balanced and give it fresh water every day, let the bird get exercise and rest, your parakeet should live a number of years and bring you a great deal of entertainment.
bookpaw on June 18, 2018:
my parakeet keeps flying away from me and when i let her out she will fly back to her cage
Alice on November 13, 2014:
Hello! I have two parakeets, one male and one female. They are both finger trained and I would like to start letting them out. Right now their wings are clipped, so I want to train them so I won't have to train them when they can fly away. But even now, I'm afraid they will wreak havoc and fly away like crazy! Please help!
Rita A. (author) from Northern California on May 27, 2014:
First you've got to let the bird fly around and get used to the room and it will go back to its cage because that's where its water and food is. Before you do that, you get it used to your forefinger, very, very slowly, by putting it under its breast and pushing upward gently. At first it will be frightened of your finger before it realizes it is not a snake. ;)
The bird may fly it into a window but only once, and then it gets the idea. You can also cover up the windows with curtains.
Make yourself a "training stick" which is a dowel about 3 feet long with about a 3 inch length of wooden dowel attached to one end. When the bird flies high you can use this to get the bird down from where it's at.
A parakeet likes to have his or her cage covered at night, so you can buy a cage cover made out of cloth, or just make one to drape over the cage.
My parakeets would fly back to the cage when they saw me take the cage cover out of the drawer. They knew it was night nighttime.
The important thing is you have to let the bird get used to your finger, and make friends with it, while it is in the cage. When you give it its first fly about, after it gets used to its cage, it will probably fly back to its cage on its own.
Autumn on May 11, 2014:
Hay what do I do if my parakeet keeps on flying away in the cage and keep on biting me and I can't get my finger to it's chest.
Are Parakeets Good Pets? Full Profile – Cost, Care, Diet
Parakeets are considered a group of small to medium-sized birds. According to Wiki and other sources, there are about 115 to 120 species that fall under the parakeet group. Budgies are a part of this group and are one of the more popular parakeets in the United States.
Pet owners love their budgies for their affectionate ways, their ability to talk, their beautiful colors, among many other reasons. While they require some maintenance, they are easier to care for than many other birds.
But are parakeets right for you? Do budgies fit your lifestyle? Let’s find out!
Are Parakeets Good Pets?
Parakeets are good pets for the right bird owners and can be great birds for beginners. Budgies are playful, they talk and sing, and are very social little birds. They are lovers of food and mimic sound and speech about as well as any other pet parrot.
Budgies are easy to care for, not too expensive compared to other pet birds, and they will serenade you with their songs.
These parakeets can live 5 to 10 years in captivity. They are very smart little birds that have been known to improve the moods of their pet owners.
These little birds like to be very social and will love some attention from you. They do work better in pairs but if you only get one, be sure to provide your new bird with the necessary attention it needs. Read on to learn more.
Parakeet (Budgie) History & Origin
Parakeets are a part of our ancient history and are found all over the world. As mentioned, there are about 115 to 120 small to medium-sized species of birds in the parakeet group.
Before they became our exotic feathered friends they are today, past humans used parakeets as food. Yes, food.
There are approximately 25 to 30 different species of parakeets living in America that also include other subspecies. The budgie is one of these species.
The term, parakeet, can be confusing because most people think that it is a specific bird breed when actually it consists of the 115 to 120 different types of birds grouped with the budgies.
Budgie is the nickname of one of the more popular parakeet species in the United States, most commonly known for its yellow and green colors.
Budgies are the only species in the genus Melopsittacus, but some people think of parakeets and think they all are the same type of bird. It can be a very confusing subject, I know. Even the experts still debate about the term, Parakeet, and what it actually means.
Parakeet is the English term for the budgie. Again, it can get confusing, but just know that parakeets are budgies and budgies are parakeets, but there are many other species of birds in that group.
Parakeet (Budgie) Facts
Parakeets are seed-eating (in the wild) parrots that are nicknamed the budgie in the United States.
You will find budgies at almost all of the pet stores you visit. They are very popular among pet owners. They are inexpensive compared to most other parrots that can talk and mimic sounds.
They are found in the wild in drier parts of the outback in Australia where they originated, co-exist with humans now, and have survived for millions of years there. They’ve endured a lot in their survival to become the 3rd most popular pet among pet owners all over the world.
They’ve been living around humans for over the past 50,000 years. One of the reasons budgies have been able to survive for so long is because they don’t have to be still to breed. They can breed while they are moving.
Now that you know a little more about budgies, let’s discuss what parakeets are as a whole to give you a better understanding.
What are Parakeets?
The budgerigar, or budgie, is mainly referred to as a “parakeet” in the United States.
The parakeets you see in the pet stores are bigger than the wild parakeets. Wild parakeets grow to be only about 7 inches long and are mainly found in their native color of green.
The colorful birds you see in the pet stores and from dealers are bred to produce the various colors you see among this species of pet bird.
Pet parakeets can grow as long as 18 inches in length from the tip of their head to their tail. The tail feathers are long and tapered which make up for about half the parakeet’s body length.
There are only one species of a budgie in the group of small to medium-sized birds that are known as parakeets.
What aren’t Parakeets?
Parakeets are designated as small to medium-sized parrot birds, but not all small to medium-sized parrots fit into this group.
One of the main distinguishing characteristics of other smaller parrots compared to the parakeets is that the parakeets have long, tapered tails. The other birds do not have this characteristic. Many other small to medium-size parrots have more of a square tail.
Here’s a list of some of the more popular birds that are NOT considered parakeets:
- Pionus Parrots
- Poicephalus Parrots
Types of Parakeets
Parakeets can be divided into groups.
One group is known as the Asiatic Parakeets. The Asiatic Parakeets originated near India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and other nearby regions.
Some birds that fall under this group include:
Alexandrine Parrots – Quieter medium-sized parrots that are bright, independent, talk, and can learn tricks.
Indian Ringneck Parakeets – Talkative birds that are outgoing, but require a patient and experienced owner to be tame.
Moustached Parakeets – These birds get their name from their feathers. Their feathers at the crest look like a groomed mustache. They also have outgoing personalities.
Plum-Headed Parakeet – Beautiful, medium-sized parrots that get along with other birds and aren’t as aggressive as some of the other birds.
Another group is known as the Grass Parakeets. The Grass Parakeets originated in Australia.
Some popular birds that are included in this group are:
Bourkes Parakeets – Good for new pet bird owners. They are known to be calm birds that have no problem finding a way to entertain themselves without you.
Rosella Parakeets – Beautiful and bright birds that aren’t the best talkers of the parrots. These birds can whistle well, but only learn a minimal amount of words.
Scarlet Chested Parakeets – Small, colorful birds that tend to be more on the quiet side and typically very peaceful.
There are many different parakeets to choose from but the budgie is regarded as the most popular among pet bird owners.
Characteristics & Traits of Parakeets
No matter which parakeet you get, they are all classified as being very intelligent birds. They are also very social birds that love to interact with their owners and other parakeets.
They can grow a very strong bond with their owners that will last a lifetime as long as they get the proper handling to stay tame.
They are small in size and can grow to about 18 inches long. I know that sounds long when classifying them as small birds, but the reason for that is because their tails are about half of that length, so their body isn’t that long.
These birds are actually of a slender build with the long, tapering tails that makes them seem longer.
Parakeets are great birds for first-time pet bird owners because they are fairly inexpensive compared to other birds.
They are smart, they take up little space, can talk and sing, are very lovable, and cost under $100. It is easy to see why they are the 3rd most popular pet in the world.
Most parakeets in pet stores can range anywhere from $10 to 15 up to $50 to $60. The price varies just depending on where you get your budgie from and what color parakeet you get.
Budgies are easy birds to tame, especially if you get your parakeet at a young age. They are gentle and loving birds that are better in pairs since they are such social birds.
If you have a pair of budgies, they will bond with each other. However, they may bond less with their human owners in pairs. They may not mimic speech as well in pairs either.
These are some playful and active birds that are quieter than many other types of pet birds.
I am more familiar with budgies that are mainly green and yellow, but budgies come in many different colors. Budges are bred in captivity to produce budgies in the following colors.
Budgies need a variety in their diet consisting of primarily high-quality pellets, but also fresh vegetables and fruit.
High-quality pellets are recommended over seeds because seeds can cause bacteria to build up over time that can contribute to your budgie having health issues and a shorter lifespan. If you are feeding your budgie seeds, consider converting your bird over to a pellet-based diet.
Some foods should be avoided in your bird’s diet. Check out what fruits and veggies they can eat below. Then check out the foods that are bad for them.
Vegetables Your Budgie Can Eat
Fruits Your Budgie Can Eat
Foods You Should AVOID Giving Your Budgie
Parakeets need a lot of mental stimulation and social engagement. If you are not getting a pair, it is important to spend a lot of time with your bird and engage with it. Even if you have a pair, they still need lots of your love and attention.
When you get your bird home, you may think that you can place the cage anywhere and that will be fine. However, your bird needs to be wherever you spend most of your time when you are home. To keep your bird happy, its best to place the cage wherever you are the most when you are home.
Do not place your bird’s cage in the kitchen. Certain fumes from cooking oils and sprays can be bad for your budgie.
Budgies are active and very playful. Your budgie will need a good-sized cage to be able to play and be active.
The cage needs to be lined at the bottom with regular copier paper or paper towels. Doing this will make cleanup a breeze. Just remove the paper when it becomes soiled and clean the entire cage, including the bars with soap and water. Then add new paper after you’ve cleaned the cage and you are done.
Provide your bird with several perches and a selection of toys. Switch the toys out every so often so your bird doesn’t get bored with the toys. Toys will help your bird stay stimulated and entertained.
I suggest getting a mirror so you can laugh your head off when you see your bird engage the mirror.
Grooming & Hygiene
Staying on top of a grooming and hygiene routine will ensure your bird stays healthy and clean. Bathing is an important part of this routine.
Some pet parakeet owners will give their bird a bath in the shower, sink, or some type of container or tub. Other pet bird owners will get a spray bottle and mist their bird with water as a bath. It is up to you, but both ways will work just fine.
No type of cleaning solvent is needed. You should only use water, which is enough to get the bird clean. Using some type of cleaning solution can irritate your bird’s skin.
Parakeets need their nails trimmed occasionally. To help with their nails, get rougher perches to help keep your bird’s nails from getting too long.
Some owners choose to get their bird’s feathers clipped. I don’t get our cockatiel’s wings clipped because I like that they can fly around and get more exercise.
“Sam & Dean”, our pet cockatiels, seem to be more active and happy when they are flying around. So we choose to not get their wings clipped. Plus, I don’t see any chance of them ever getting loose or flying away, so there is no reason for us to do that with our birds.
If you decide to get your bird’s wings clipped, schedule an appointment with your local vet to get a professional to handle it, which is the recommended way to go.
Do Parakeets Talk?
Yes, budgies can talk and mimic the sounds of their owners. However, they are likely to talk and mimic less if you have a pair.
Having a pair has its benefits because you will get to see them interact with each other, which can be very entertaining. Plus, they will create a strong bond with each other.
Budgies need to be able to fly around to stay active and be healthy. Time should be given to your budgie so they fly around in a room an hour or two per day to get their exercise in.
Set up perches throughout a room to give your budgie places to fly onto to help your budgie navigate the room better. Without this, they tend to end up hitting walls occasionally and we don’t want that.
Get your budgie lots of toys to keep it active. They like toys, but make sure you get a variety so your budgie doesn’t get bored.
Common Health Ailments
- Hepatic Lipidosis
- Kidney Tumors
- Ovarian Tumors (female)
- Psittacosis (Parrot Fever)
- Testicular Tumors (male)
Parakeets often breed in groups. If space is limited, there can be some conflict between breeding pairs, but other parakeets can help in the breeding process.
Just having the presence of the other parakeets around will be more encouraging for the breeding pair to breed.
Most breeders prefer to breed in pairs because most want to know which birds are breeding together. Another reason breeders prefer their parakeets to breed in pairs versus groups is to avoid conflict with other birds that aren’t part of the breeding pair.
Where to Get Your Parakeet
When thinking about getting a parakeet as a pet, consider trying to find a parakeet adoption agency, pick a reputable dealer, or purchase one from your local pet store.
Adopting a Parakeet
Adopting a parakeet may be an option for you.
If you want to know more about adopting a parakeet, check out this website.
When adopting a parakeet, the main focus of the adoption agency is to ensure you are ready for a new pet in your home. This will help prevent the parakeet from having to find another forever home, if you can’t take care of it.
So be prepared to answer a lot of questions about your life and lifestyle, but just know that they require you to go through such a process to ensure you are ready to adopt. Many adoption agencies will also require a small fee for the adoption process. That fee will depend on the agency.
Getting a Parakeet from the Pet Store
You can find budgies in many pet stores. Petco and Petsmart both have them as well as many other mom and pop style pet stores.
At Petco and Petsmart, the price ranges between $20 to $30 for a typical budgie.
Choosing the Right Breeder
If you plan to get your parakeet from a dealer, make sure you go with a reputable dealer. The price for a parakeet from dealers will be higher than pet stores with a range of $50 up to a few $100.
Ask for references from other people that can verify the dealer. Check online for any complaints about the dealer.
If they are selling budgies on Craigslist or another similar platform, they are likely not reputable dealers.
Things to Think About Before Getting a Parakeet
If you are thinking about adopting or buying a parakeet, here are some of the things you should know and plan for.
- Take some time and do your research (which you are doing here, so good job)
- Check adoptions, pet stores, and different breeders for parakeets. Don’t just buy the first one you see. Shop around.
- Try to get as much social time in with the bird before purchasing to get more of an idea if this bird is right for you. This may also help get you started with a smoother transition into your home for your bird.
- Plan to handle and socialize with your new best friend daily
- Think about the commitment involved in owning a pet parakeet and then think about it again just to be sure you are ready.
- Look for signs of an unhealthy bird before you purchase your new friend
How to Pick a Healthy Parakeet
Look for signs of a non-responsive bird. If the bird is unhealthy or sick, it won’t be as active and alert. Make sure the bird is active and moving around.
Analyze the budgie’s appearance. You will want to check their feathers to see if they look disheveled. The feathers should be shiny, smooth, and should lay flat on their body. Their scales on their feet, their nails, and their beak should all be smooth.
Check to make sure the nails and beak are not overgrown.
These are all signs that the budgie has been taken care of. If the parakeet looks sick, use your better judgment.
Ask for records of vet visits. Ask for background history on the birds. Make sure you get as much information as possible about the bird you are planning to get.
Cage: The cage should be at least 20 inches in length by 12 inches deep by 18 inches in height with horizontal bars so your budgie can climb easier. Go with a stainless steel cage because other types of metals can be toxic to budgies.
Cage Stand: You need something to sit the cage on. The stand should be sturdy and at least the dimensions listed above. The stand needs to have a flat surface and be stable so there is no chance of tipping over.
Cage Cover: You need this to cover the cage so your budgie will stay quiet and sleep..
Perch: You should have a variety of different-sized perches placed on different levels throughout the cage for your budgie to move to and from.
Toys: Get a variety of toys and change them out often so your budgie doesn’t get bored with the toys they have.
Food: Your budgie needs high-quality pellets along with fruits and vegetables for a complete balanced diet.
Other Accessories: Food and water bowls, treats, grooming supplies, and more. Check out the shopping list below to view some of these products.
Shopping List for Your Budgie
Clicking on any link below will take you to highly-rated Amazon products for your new pet budgie.
- Cage Cover
- Cage Litter
- Bird Bath
- Food Bowl
- Water Bottle
- High-Quality Parakeet Food
- Cuttlebone Holder
- Spray Millet
- Grooming Supplies
- Play Gym
Black-Capped Conures – This bird gets its name from its brown and black crown along with its scale-patterned neck. It can grow to around 10 inches in length.
Indian Ringneck Parakeets – I spoke a little about these birds earlier. But to add to that, these birds are medium-sized birds that grow to about 16 inches in length and 4 ounces in weight.
Lovebirds – Lovebirds get their name because of their loving and intense bond with their mate. These birds can grow to be between 6 to 7 inches in length.
Parrotlets – They look very similar to parakeets but only grow to be around 5 inches in length, making them slightly smaller than parakeets.
This probably feels like a ton of information to take in…and it is. I know it’s a lot but I wanted to make sure you have all the information you need to decide on whether a parakeet is the right pet bird for you.
In summary, parakeets can be great pet birds if you are willing to put in the time and effort it takes to give them the attention and care they need. That goes with any animal, not just parakeets.
They are entertaining, lovable little creatures that will be the joy of your day in many instances.
If you don’t think a parakeet is right for you, check out articles I’ve written about other pet birds.
Hi, my name is Edd and I am the Head Content Writer here at AlottaPets.com. I have dogs, birds, a turtle, and a rabbit in my family. I've had cats, fish, goats, chickens, & other animals in the past.
Most of my articles are about questions I've had about my pets and animals or common pet topics I've researched. I also write fun articles about pets.
Bourke’s parakeet is an animal that reaches 19-20 centimeters in height. Sometimes, they exceed it, up to 25cm, but always specimens in captivity, since in their usual environment they do not exceed that size. In this case, females are smaller than males, and these have a somewhat different plumage from theirs. And it is that it has on the crown and nape with a dark pink plumage mixed with an earthy color, especially on the shoulders, the nape and the back.
In general, we talk about a parakeet that has a salmon color with brushstrokes of other colors such as gray or white. In the zone of the wings, you can find black, violet, blue and purple feathers, in a very beautiful pattern.
Its beak is quite small, like that of a normal parakeet, and it has completely black eyes. As for the tail, you can find that ends in black feathers but, where it starts, it has a variable hue of colors (with green, light blue, pink…).
Currently, there are 4 different mutations of Bourke’s parakeet which are:
- Isabel Mutation: When you have red-plum eyes.
- Yellow: When the pink of its plumage is more yellow.
- Pink Mutation: It is the usual one, with a salmon or pink color.
- Fallow Mutation: When Bourke’s parakeet’s eyes are completely red intense.
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Parrotlets are intelligent, energetic birds that make fantastic pets. If you’ve decided that a parrotlet is the right bird for you, the next step is to decide which species is best. You could go for a feisty Pacific Parrotlet, a more timid Green-rumped Parrotlet, or try to find a less commonly available species. Choose an individual bird that appears to be healthy, alert, and active. When choosing a breeder or pet store, check for a history of good business practices and make sure their facilities are humane and well-maintained.