As varied in breed and as in colors, Parakeets, meaning ‘small parrots’ come in unending and contrasting combination of pastel blues, dark greens, yellow, whites and violets.
Found all over the world, they are cute and cuddly bundle of feathers and are very popular as pets because of their cheerful disposition. Their soft chattering and chirping have a calming effect.
Different breeds of Parakeets include, to name a few, Rosellas, Scarlet chested, Indian and African ring-necked and Alexandrine ring necked. Some Parakeets also live in the grass like the Turquoisine and Elegant Grass Parakeets of Australia.
Gradually befriend a Parakeet in cage. They are loving and social birds and do not like to be left alone. Parakeet training is quite easy as they are intelligent. With patient training, they can learn speak, perch on your head, shoulder and even perform tricks. The key to training a Parakeet is to get it used to you. Once it realizes that you are his friend, it will start to learn things. Parakeets should be allowed to interact with family members freely.
Selecting a large enough cage which will allow the Parakeet plenty of exercise and the positioning of this cage is the most important aspect of Parakeet care. The selection and positioning will determine whether your pet is lonely and depressed or healthy and playful.
Parakeets have a very weak immune system. A vet should be immediately consulted at the first sight of illness. Parakeet care should include regular check-up of their plumage which they keep in peak condition by regular preening. Preening can be further encouraged by occasionally lightly spraying warm water.
A cuttlebone attached to the side of the cage apart, apart from acting as a source of calcium and other minerals, can help the birds keep their beak in good condition.
Health & Diet
Parakeets feed on grain and millets seeds (and they like variety in them), minced or shredded carrots, peas, grapes, corn, broccoli and slices of apple or pear. They drink clean and fresh water and the water dish is to be cleaned daily.
Parakeets turn their heads, all around, burying their heads on their backs and rest on one leg. This should not be construed as abnormal behavior. Keeping a Parakeet amongst other species of parrots can lead to loneliness, communication problems and related behavioral problems. That is why, building communal nests is a peculiar characteristic of Parakeets.
Quaker Parakeets have a lifespan of 25 to 30 years.
Natives of Brazil and Argentina, Quaker Parakeets are intelligent, cheerful, vocal by nature, energetic with unparalleled personality and a great sense of humor. They come in bright combinations of green and grey feathers on forehead and neck with variations of blue and a rare yellow color. Quaker Parakeets are branded as agricultural pests and are unwelcome in many states.
With often predictable behavior Quaker Parakeets are more responsive to behavior modification efforts. Words and phrases heard by them are picked up quickly and they often converse among themselves saying different things!
A trained Quaker Parakeet stands for unlimited fun and an untrained one can make you miserable. Quaker Parakeets spend hours on the perch, swinging, climbing and playing with toys.