The Lovable Lineolated Parakeet

The Lineolated Parakeet, also known as Linnies, is a small parrot  just six inches tall, and is a pleasure to own. Most have a tendency to be friendly, are kept as breeding birds, and as pets. In all essence you could not ask for a better bird.

The Lineolated parakeet comes in green which is their natural wild color, as well as turquoise, mauve, blue, cobalt blue, yellow and olive. The genetics are straightforward recessive with the exception of the Lutino, which is sex linked.

The Lineolated parakeets were imported into Europe in the 1970’s but have not caught on in the States till current years. There’s a terribly robust population in Germany, Belgium and Holland, but not too many other places.

Since the varied color mutations have become obvious, these birds not only appeal to collectors in the United States, but are also being introduced to the domestic pet market. USA citizens and others appear to prefer gaudy birds, and this is got something to do with why they are becoming seriously hip pets.

The birds can be sexed by the coloration of the tail, length of the tail feathers and the shoulder coloration also. However this is something for the trained eye, with even the breeders turning to DNA as a more reliable mechanism for judging the sex of the birds.

The Lineolated parakeets can be raised in flocks, and at standard flying weight they can weigh roughly 60gms. They do need lots of exercise so a bigger than standard cage would be wanted to raise them, as compared to other cage raised birds. As an example a cage size of 24x24x36 inches is advocated for a breeding pair.

The call of the Linnie is a chattering sound, and as a flock they can get extraordinarily loud indeed. In the early and later hours of the day the chattering sound appears to be much louder, but between these times, they’re essentially quiet, unless something happens to annoy them.

Linnies always appear to be conscious of any presence and they have good interaction with people. Some try to chat, but there were few reports thus far of people essentially hearing clear and accurate words.

The Lineolated parakeets are for someone who is attempting to find something bigger than a finch, but smaller compared to a cockatiel.

They do have growing wants, like their toenails can get long and curl. When this occurs they have to be clipped. They adore to eat fruit, doused seed, and some grain bread. Apple, cranberries and grapes appear to be favored, and make great nibbles. A good grade of parakeet seed should be used, and a good quality fruit mix (from the superstore baking isle) can be mixed with their seed.

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