Small birds with a lot of personality
Generally speaking, Parakeets are a group of small to medium sized pet birds that have long tail feathers.
Because the term is so general, it refers to a wide range of birds with different sizes, looks, and personalities. One of the best known in the U.S. is the Budgerigar (Budgie). The different types of these pet birds are so different from each other that it is difficult to describe them as a group.
Below are the most popular types. Read more about each of the species to see for yourself how different they are!
|Name||Depends on species|
|Origin||Depends on species|
|Size||7-23″, depending on species|
|Owner||Good for first-time bird owners.|
|Average Cost||$10-500, depending on species|
|Lifespan||8-40 years, depending on species|
|Noise||Some species are good for apartment living while others are noisy enough to require living in a house.|
|Abilities||There is a wide range in talking ability between the species. Male Budgies are great talkers, while a talking Rosella is rare. So, the abilities depend on the species.|
|Diet||Small species need a diet for small birds and large species need a diet for medium birds.|
|Supplies Needed||Small species need supplies for small birds and large species need supplies for medium birds. It’s also important to keep in mind that depending on the species, many of the larger species should be kept in an aviary so they are able to fly freely.|
|“Charlie the Talking Budgie”|
Video by gumleyboyWe really weren’t kidding when we said Budgies are great talkers. This video shows just how talented they are and how large of a vocabulary they can have.
|“Parrot wants kiss from cockatiel”|
Video by synchronalRingnecks are also wonderful pets that can learn how to talk. This video shows a very talented Ringneck interacting (humorously!) with a Cockatiel. Some of the things he says are “You’re so, you’re so cute!” “Gimme Kiss” and “Whee!” So entertaining!
|“Boogie The Quaker Parrot Complains about Life”|
Video by tomeadQuakers are also great pets and, as this video shows, they can be very talkative as well!
|“Bowie talking before bedtime!”|
Video by jxh0703This is another great Ringneck video. Adorable!
|The small species are often seen as nippy birds and the large species can be sensitive biters. You definitely need to know how to train your ‘Keet if you want him to be hand tamed and enjoy spending time with you. However, if you don’t know how to train a ‘Keet, you may have difficulty even getting your bird out of his cage.
For this reason, we highly recommend that you find an effective training program for your ‘Keet. Whether your ‘Keet is new to your home or you’ve had him for years, a training program will always come in handy. We personally recommend the Bird Tricks Parrot Training Course by Chet Womach. You can see many of his videos for free to get an idea of how much he knows about birds and how he can help you train yours.
Below are two of Chet’s videos that are useful for training ‘Keets. This first video covers the first step to getting your Cockatiel to step up instead of bite you–a technique that is perfect for the small species.
These videos are a great example of how effective the training courses can be and how they are filled with a wealth of useful information for any bird owner. These videos are only the first step in getting your ‘Keet hand tamed. We highly recommend checking out Chet’s curriculum for taming your ‘Keet even further.
- The Essential ‘Keet Supplies Checklist
- The 3 Must-Have Perches
- The Best Food For Your ‘Keet
- Find The Best ‘Keet Cage
- Toys Your ‘Keet Will Love
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