Lineolated Parakeets – Intriguing Facts About These Fascinating Parakeets

Known as Linnies, these little parrots are only six inches tall, so they’re supposed to be a treat. Most of them tend to be friendly, they are kept as breeding birds and pets. Basically you couldn’t ask for a better bird.

The lineolated parakeet comes in its natural wild color of green, as well as turquoise, mauve, blue, and a couple of others. Genetics are recessive except for Lutino, which is sex-linked.

Lineolated parakeets were imported to Europe in the 1970s, but have not been caught in the United States until today. The population is incredibly strong in Germany, Belgium and Holland, but not in many other places.

With the many color mutations evident, these birds are not only appealing to collectors in the United States, but are also entering the domestic pet market. US citizens and others seem to prefer light birds, which has something to do with why pets are becoming serious.

Birds can be sexed by tail color, tail feather length, and shoulder color. However, it is something for the trained eye, as even breeders turn to DNA as a more reliable mechanism for judging the sex of birds.

Lineolated parakeets can be raised in flocks, and can weigh approximately 60 grams at standard flight weight. They need a lot of exercise, so the cage should be larger than the standard, compared to other cage-raised birds. As an example, a cage size of 24x24x36 inches is advocated for a breeding pair.

The linnie’s call is a chattering sound, and can be incredibly loud as a flock. The chirping sounds seem to be much louder at the beginning and end of the day, but between these times they are essentially silent, unless something annoying happens to them.

Linnies always seem to be aware of any presence and have a good relationship with people. Some try to chat, but so far there have been few people who actually hear clear and concise words.

Lineolated parakeets are for those looking for something bigger than a cockatiel, but smaller than a cockatiel.

They have growing desires, like their nails can be long and curly. When this happens they must be cut. They love to eat fruit, seeds and some whole grain breads. Apples, cranberries and grapes seem to favor them and make great snacks. A good grade of parakeet seed should be used, and a good quality fruit mix (from the pastry isle in supermarkets) can be mixed with their seed.

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