The lineolated parakeet, also known as the Barred parakeet or the Catherine parakeet, is one of the calmest and quietest of the parrot family. Their calls are not as loud and piercing as many of their relatives', making them ideal pets. Linnies, as they're affectionately known by their owners, are also known for their odd resting postures, relaxing in an almost-horizontal alignment.
The lineolated parakeet's name comes from its scientific name Bolborhynchus lineola.
Lineolated parakeets of various subspecies can be found in the wild in Mexico, Central America, and South America.
Size and Life Span
The lineolated parakeet is small in size, typically reaching lengths of between six and seven inches when measured from the beak to the end of the tail feathers. They normally weigh less than two ounces at maturity.
The average lineolated parakeet can be expected to live for up to 10 years in captivity, but there are many cases of these parakeets who have lived for up to 20 years.
Personality and Temper
When properly cared for and hand fed as babies, lineolated parakeets develop very sweet and even-tempered personalities. They are extremely social birds by nature and they love to spend time with (and sitting on) their owners. Known to make comical little pets, the highly social lineolated parakeet makes a very entertaining family member, always eager to spend time playing with its human flock-mates.
Anyone who is interested in adopting one of these birds should make sure that they have plenty of time to spend interacting with their new pet, as lineolated parakeets bore easily and need ample daily play time.
Plumage and Features
Lineolated parakeets in the wild display mostly green feathers overlaid with black and dark green stripes on the backs, wings, and sides.
The undersides of the wings are blue, and the tail feathers are dark green. They have horn-colored beaks and brown eyes. Captive bred lineolated parakeets can display an array of color mutations—the feathers change color after leaving the wild—including blue, cobalt, turquoise, and white.
Diet and Exercise
As with any hookbill, it is important to make sure that captive lineolated parakeets are fed a proper diet of a high-quality seed and pellet mix, along with a variety of bird-safe fresh fruits and vegetables. This will most closely approximate the diet that the bird would feast on in the wild, leading to better nutritional fulfillment and reduced risk of health problems.
Lineolated parakeets are very active birds who spend a lot of energy in the wild playing and interacting with their flock-mates, foraging for food, and making sure that they aren't being targeted by predators. In general, a lineolated parakeet needs three to four hours of out-of-cage playtime per day to get a proper amount of exercise. Potential owners should make sure that they can supervise their birds in a safe, bird-proofed area during these play sessions.