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!

Small Parakeets
Bourke’s Budgerigar Lineolated
Large Parakeets
Alexandrine Derbyan Indian Ringneck Plum-Headed
Quaker Regent Rosella
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Fast Facts
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.
See How ‘Keets Compare to Other Types of Pet Birds!
Parakeet Videos
“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! 

Parakeet Training
parrot-trainingThe 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.

The second video discusses a technique that was used to get a Quaker not to bite–a technique that is perfect for the larger 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.

For more information about Chet’s course, you can visit the Bird Tricks webpage here.
Parakeet Education


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  1. Aryan April 1, 2019 at 6:02 am - Reply

    Leaf the Budgie
    I have a green budgie named Leaf. He sings a lot and when I play songs on the phone, he tags along almost pitch-perfect.
    Fun fact- 5 of my budgies flew away (all blue) and only Leaf stayed behind. We then bought Leaf a mate, Lily.

    Also, Leaf is usually tame and happy to sit on my shoulder, but turns nippy and shy when near Lily. If I separate them, he turns tame again. Is this normal?

    • Aryan April 1, 2019 at 6:03 am - Reply

      Also, can it be remedied?

    • All Pet Birds April 1, 2019 at 8:35 am - Reply

      Hi Aryan – Great question! Parrots can become very territorial when with a mate. This is normal behavior, so introducing a mate can have a negative impact on your bird’s relationship with you. You can choose to house them separately, which may help, but it is not guaranteed.

  2. Anonymous November 6, 2017 at 7:56 am - Reply

    Hi, I have a pet budgie named Cloud, one day we just found her sitting on our balcony and we caught her. I can’t say she’s a very bright parrot, she’s still scared if I move to quickly around her, but she doesn’t mind being held and loves to crawl in my hair. She really likes listening to Taylor Swift’s country music and Ed Sheeran’s New Man song and chirps really loudly to them.Whenever she knocks down her perch ring that hangs from the top of the cage(which is very often) in the night she crawls to the top of her cage and hangs onto the hook that used to hold the ring, with on finger, and with the other foot hangs on to the bars at the top of the cage(like on the photo).I don’t why she does this, she has another perch lower down, she probably likes it high up and misses her swing perch.She’s a cute little birdy.

  3. Gerry November 1, 2017 at 10:44 am - Reply

    Hi there, we’re considering a pet bird, likely a budgie. We have a hamster – anything we should worry about? Also, how do budgies get along with small dogs? We’re considering getting a puppy soon. Thanks.

  4. Harry January 14, 2017 at 6:01 am - Reply

    hello! I have a problem with my quaker parrot for plenty of years.every winter he stars plucking his feathers and sometimes we notice some blood under his wings we spray him with an aloe vera spray and we used to cover him in a piece of cloth so he could not pluck his feathers.I think he does it because at winter starts the breeding period what do you say?
    Blue Quaker parrot
    5-6 years old

    • All Pet Birds January 16, 2017 at 10:27 am - Reply

      Hi Harry, I highly recommend you take your bird to see an avian veterinarian. Plucking can be a sign of illness and is not a normal behavior. It’s also possible he may have a skin irritation during that time of year that leads to the plucking. It’s difficult to know, but a vet can help!

  5. Jacci Hill September 15, 2016 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    I have 2 cats, no claws. Any chance I could have a bird?

    • Noelle September 27, 2018 at 3:45 pm - Reply

      Hi Jacci! Possibly, but I’d hold the cats the first time they see the birds because it’s extremely likely that they would want them as lunch! Especially smaller birds!

  6. Bell September 7, 2016 at 5:01 am - Reply

    Anyone know if its good to handle them, and if they like to play? (if not name some birds that do please 🙂

    • Noelle September 27, 2018 at 3:43 pm - Reply

      Hi Bell! All pet birds can be played with with proper training! Some are nippers and need more training than others but any type of bird would work! (well not finches xx)

  7. Liana July 18, 2013 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    Budgies Are the Best Birds Ever!
    A plush squirrel hugging Glacier the budgie
    I have seven budgies and they are just amazing! They are easy to tame and are so cute! They are smart and funny to watch. They are great as a first-time birds!

  8. Miss Sterious (MysteryLand) March 21, 2013 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    Parakeets are awesome, seriously. I own six and they’re the best! My blue budgie, Jaya, would come up to me, then she’ll peck lightly on my hand until I gave her a pet! Adorable! 🙂

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