Parrot: The Ultimate Guide (2020)
There is a lot so much to talk about on parakeets. More so when factoring in the parakeets behavior and medical issues. With the right information though it is possible to set out to feed, care for, train, house, play and generally raise an enjoyable, healthy pet bird.
Some people might not be a fan of parakeets. A lot of bird lovers are into birds that are bigger in size and live longer. If that sounds like you, then this is probably not the bird for you. That said, don’t be daunted by their small size. As long as you have the right tools and information, caring for a pet parakeet can be a fun and rewarding experience.
Parakeets will cuddle with you, chirp with you, soak up your attention and love you back every inch of the way.
Some are also known for talking and enjoying learning new words and phrases.
Many owners of pet parakeets even rely on them to provide some extra entertainment help. Picking a parakeet is a great introduction to what might be a new hobby of taking care of a bird. Speaking of which, there’s quickly two things to consider answering. One, why a parakeet? And two, what is a parakeet?
Origin and history
Flying birds have fascinated humans for thousands and thousands of years. Since the earliest times, bird species have been captured and used as pets.
Birds were imported and sold in the streets of Paris, Rome and other European cities by the 13th century. Birds had the status of veritable fashion accessories.
In the 1400’s Japan produced the Hina Messenger, an elaborate parakeet cage for the wives of samurai. By the 1500’s parakeets and other pet birds were common household pets.
These early birds were quite different in appearance from the birds we enjoy today. They were not as brightly colored or as friendly. It wasn’t until candy orange birds became available in the late 1700’s that the parakeet market started to grow in Europe.
A few decades later, beautiful parakeets were being imported from China, Singapore, and Malaysia to Europe and the United States. By the end of the 1800s, the North American Parrot Times was in circulation.
During the early 1900’s, parrots became popular in the United States and then spread to Europe. Parrots were first exhibited in a bird show in Boston in the 1920’s and won many awards.
Native region and natural habitat
Parakeets are found across the Eurasian continent. These “indigenous birds of the world” belong to the group of Psittacidae parrot family and their natural habitat is in India and Sri Lanka.
There are at least 45 species of parakeets that were classified based on their size and the colors of their feathers. It is believed that they were originally seen in North America and then they moved to Russia and from there to Europe.
More popular in European countries are the smaller species of parakeets that are very commonly kept as pets.
In the USA, African Grey and the Amazonian Parrot were considered the most common but recently Budgies, which were first bred in Australia, have become very popular.
These species of parakeets require extra care and a lot of attention to keep them healthy and happy. Their life span if kept well is about 18 to 25 years.
Temperament and personality
Parakeets are popular as pets because of the variety in personality and color they exhibit. If you spend time with different birds you can see that no two are alike.
Their personalities are only limited by your imagination. Since parakeets are so intelligent it is easier to train them than some other pet birds. And they enjoy the challenge.
Parakeets can be trained to talk and can often talk in many phrases that they memorized. They can chatter and sing for hours as well.
Parakeets are affectionate as well. They will nuzzle against you and rub their faces against the bars of their cage. They also enjoy interacting with a play gym or other toys you place in their cage. They will hop around on the gym and play with the toys you provide.
Because of their mental abilities and interactive play, it is easier to keep a parakeet occupied and happy than some other birds.
Even parakeets that have always lived in a cage can not be completely unbreakable. If you let them out of their cage for brief periods when they are a fully feathered, they will likely bond with you.
You will definitely be asked for food and attention. If you do this only occasionally and under supervision, they can enjoy the time outside of their cage and will train more willingly to go back in.
Behavior and training
The most common Parakeet and budgie guide is the willingness to get easily bored. Many people who have purchased bird guides are visiting pet stores just for them because it is so easy to do.
Some behaviors may have to learn to behave less to be more comfortable. However, many species of birds will play for hours, eat foods and are much more interactive than simply a mouse or rabbit.
Make sure your parakeet is physically active. If you house your parakeet in a small cage, you should purchase some exercise toys that keep your bird moving.
Leisure flying, walking and climbing toys are especially important for parakeets. A good cage should have more than one of those. It will keep your parakeet physically fit and prevent boredom in the cage.
Dancing and climbing toys also stimulate your parakeet mentally.
IKEA has a good collection of toys for young parakeets and they are very affordable.
Speech and vocalization
Expert aviculturalists report that all budgerigars (regardless of color) produce some vocalization patterns in common. There is also commonality in the frequency patterns of vocalization among the different budgerigar subspecies.
However, the way in which the vocalization patterns of one budgerigar individual are related to those of another individual (in terms of frequency and amplitude) is highly variable. Also, the effectiveness of the vocalization patterns has been reported as highly variable across the subspecies.
Generalizations about speech and vocalization patterns among budgerigars, even for their vocalization patterns in common, are thus impossible to make.
The relationship between the vocalization and the sexual display of the budgerigar is a particularly complex one.
In the male, the vocalization patterns are an important component of the courtship ritual for both establishing and re-establishing pair bonds with their mate. It has been reported that the level of acoustical stimulation affects the male’s sexual display equally as the direct visual display of the male.
More often than not, a male budgerigar who is performing a courtship song for his mate will also exhibit his dance behavior and quiver his wings at the same time.
Characteristics and colors
Parakeet “it is also known as budgerigar is a social little birds, loving and live in flocks. They can be bred in almost any color combination and the color of their plumage and color of their plumage can change every year.
Parakeets can be divided into three groups:
Blue parakeet, they create a beautiful combination of blue, green and gray shades.
Lilac parakeet, they produce a combination of violet and blue, but in them can also be seen green. Around the cheek, the area of the ear or the neck can be a few patches of white or yellow.
Lutino parakeet, probably the most common of the three. They are distinguished by yellow plumage and orange around the ear and the neck area.
It can not escape that parakeets are very vocal and noisy and chirping with great pleasure. However, if the cage is properly placed, this can be a pleasant noise that is not the least disturbing.
Parakeets love to climb and fly, and their instinct is to get to the greatest height. Having a place in the house where you can put the cage, despite its size (they are relatively large), will meet the requirements of the parakeet.
Care for parakeet
Parakeet is a loveable pet. You can feed it, entertain it, play with it.
Every one of us wants to keep a parakeet at our home.
But when it comes to home parakeet care, you might find that some details are missing.
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One of the main subjects of this book is mistakes and errors that people make when they are caring for their parakeet at home.
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Diet and nutrition
Parakeets, as their name suggests, love to eat. So it’s a natural thing to ensure that he or she is receiving all the nutrition he or she needs.
A good seed mix is a parakeet’s staple food. They need it to survive and stay healthy. Experts recommend using a premium seed mix that is high in nutrition.
You can choose from different mixes that are specially designed for different diet requirements.
Also, make sure the food you choose is physically appropriate for your parakeet.
If you need to change the food because of health implications, it’s best to ask a qualified vet.
Another must-have for your pet is the fresh water. Ideally, you should have two water bottles for your parakeet. The smaller one should be with the pellets; the bigger one should be in the cage itself for the bird to use.
Make sure both water bottles are cleaned properly once a week.
Be careful to change the water every few days. If the water appears to have gotten dirty, put it in a separate container and change it once in a day or two. The same goes for the food container; if it has gotten dirty, put it in a separate container and change it once in a day or two.
Health and common conditions
A Parakeets diet should consist of a corn mixture, seeds, millet, and vegetables.
You will find that you will run into a lot of different opinions in regards to what makes an ideal diet. This is mostly because different parrots will have different food preferences.
When it comes to nutritional needs, it should be fine to feed pellets and supplement it with fresh greens.
For the healthiest life, your parakeet should also have a varied diet.
If you wish to learn more about the nutritional needs of a parakeet, click here.
The most common health issues are usually a result of poor diet or poor hygiene. If you keep your parakeet in a clean environment and provide a healthy diet, you will find that it will be very healthy and avoid most major health issues.
Parakeet as a pet
A small parrot, also known as a budgie (bird), is a great pet for a beginner as well as a person looking for a low-maintenance pet. They are easy to care for and cost less to maintain than other pets.
They are fantastic birds with very friendly nature. They are also colorful and bright; and is definitely one of the best choices if you’re looking for a pet.
Parakeets are one of the most popular pet birds. These small and colorful parrots are always a favorite with the children who love to shout and make sounds.
It’s easy to understand why they are so popular. Their cheerful chirp is a delight to listen. Besides, they are mostly tolerant of children’s play.
Parakeets are also quite bold and affectionate, and they love to explore. And while male parakeets can teach your kids how to whistle, female parakeets are better pets for young children.