Lineolated Parakeets as Pets

These little creatures are among the quietest in the parrot family

Lineolated Parakeet
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The Lineolated Parakeet, also known as the Barred Parakeet or the Catherine Parakeet. This bird is one of the calmest and quietest of the parrot family; their calls are not as loud and piercing as many of their relatives'. Linnies, as they're affectionately known by their owners are also known for their odd resting postures: relaxing in an almost-horizontal alignment. And the Lineolated Parakeet's weird 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. 

So what's it like to have a Lineolated Parakeet as a pet? Here's a little more info about these little birds. 

Size and Life Span of the Lineolated Parakeet

The Lineolated Parakeet typically reaches lengths of between 6 and 7 inches when measured from the beak to the end of the tailfeathers. They normally weigh less than 2 ounces at maturity.

The average Lineolated Parakeet can be expected to live for up to 10 years in captivity. However, there are many cases of Lineolated Parakeets who have lived for up to 20 years. 

Lineolated Parakeets Are Social and Even Tempered

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 on) their owners.

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 of the Lineolated Parakeet

Lineolated Parakeets in the wild display mostly green plumage, overlaid with black and dark green stripes on the backs, wings, and sides.

The undersides of the wings are blue, and the tailfeathers are dark green. They have horn colored beaks and brown eyes. Captive bred Lineolated Parakeets can display an array of color mutations, including blue, cobalt, turquoise and white.

Lineolated Parakeet 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 3 to 4 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.

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.