I, like most people out there, love pets. Furry, scaly, or feathery, it doesn’t matter to me — I love them all. And while I have many little friends, parakeets will remain my favorite. From Derbyan to Quaker, there are many types of parakeet out there, each more unique than the other. But choosing one of them is hard, especially when you don’t know much about them. I have prepared a list of parakeet species to guide any new pet owner in making this important decision.
What Are Parakeets?
Parakeets are birds that are part of the parrot family. It’s important to note that there is no “official” parakeet description, as the overall group includes hundreds of birds. However, most of them have tapered, long-tail feathers and small bodies. There are larger variants of parakeets but those are not usually kept as pets. While parakeets have all kinds of colors and feather patterns, the most common colors are green and yellow.
Types of Parakeet Species
While there are many different types of parakeets, most of them differ only in color or size. The overall behavior of these little friends is very similar, so choosing a parakeet is mostly a cosmetic choice.
Budgerigars (or Budgies)
Budgies are a species of parakeet native to Australia. They are considered energetic, friendly, and smart, making them the most popular choice for families. What’s interesting about them is the fact that they can learn how to talk. Budgies will pick up words or even phrases from their owners, as they are quick learners.
Adult budgies measure 7 inches in length and weigh less than 2 ounces. Furthermore, they are most commonly green or blue in color.
A common misconception people have is that they think Budgerigars are not parakeets. In fact, all Budgies are parakeets. The confusion stems from the fact that every country has different names for parakeets. And so, most US states call them Budgies instead of their real name.
The Quaker species is also known as the Monk parakeet. They are a small type of bird, measuring almost 12 inches and weighing less than 5 ounces. Most Quakers have bright green-colored feathers and live up to twenty years.
It’s worth noting that Quaker parakeets love flying, so they require a spacious cage. They are also very social, and will always enjoy the companionship of another Quaker.
Derbyans are natives of Asia and usually live in Indian and Chinese forests. This species can measure up to 20 inches in length, and they live for almost 30 years. They have similarly-colored feathers to Budgerigars but their head is usually blue or light green. Even though Derbyans are a threatened species, they are still sold by some pet stores.
One of the largest parakeet species out there, the Alexandrine is a smart, social, and brightly-colored bird. This affectionate parakeet can live up to 40 years and has an impressive body length of 24 inches. But keep in mind that picking an Alexandrine parakeet means having a very vocal lifelong companion. You will need to be ready for daily chats with them.
In Conclusion: A Hard Choice
Overall, choosing from all the types of parakeet out there boils down to personal preference. There are many options and each one is unique and beautiful. I recommend doing your research and then seeing what fits your style best. However, no matter what option you choose, remember to always take care of your new friend.