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Dive into the Diverse World of Parakeets

Parakeets are fascinating birds that occur worldwide and come in various species, each with their own colors and shapes. From the vast landscapes of Australia to the lush tropics of South America and now even in the Netherlands, parakeets have adapted to a variety of environments. Their vibrant plumage and charming personalities endear them to bird lovers around the world.

In addition to the well-known parakeet species such as the budgerigar and cockatiel, there are numerous other species of parakeets that are kept as pets because of their unique characteristics and characters. Whether you are looking for an active parakeet or a calmer one, there is a parakeet species for everyone. From the cheerful kakariki to the colorful bourke parakeet, parakeets offer a wide range of choices for bird lovers.

1. Budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus)

Budgerigars, also known as parakeets, are beloved pets because of their striking appearance and playful nature. With their brightly colored plumage, usually green or blue, they immediately stand out. These social birds are not only beautiful to look at, but also very interactive. They love attention and can even imitate human sounds. Budgerigars are curious and love to play, which creates a lot of fun in the home. As pets, they need space to fly and enjoy regular interaction with their owners. In short, budgerigars are lively pets that enrich the lives of their owners.

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Budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus)

2. Cockatiel (Nymphicus hollandicus)

Cockatiels were not originally classified as parakeets at all, but as cockatoos. They are loved not only for their distinctive crest, but also for their fun personalities. Originally from Australia, cockatiels have found their way into households all over the world. Their social nature and curious nature make them excellent pets for bird lovers of all ages.

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Cockatiel (Nymphicus hollandicus)

3. Mouse parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus)

Mouse Parakeets, also known as Monk Parakeets or Quakers, live in groups in South American dry areas, such as shrub savannas. Here they eat seeds, fruit and insects and make their nests in hollow tree trunks or nest boxes. These lively and social birds are smart and can sometimes imitate human speech and sounds. They value their group life and are beloved pets for bird lovers around the world.

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Mouse parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus)

4. Kakariki (Cyanomphus)

Originating from New Zealand and surrounding islands, Kakarikis are small parakeets with striking green or yellow plumage and an inquisitive nature. They are energetic and social and thrive in the company of others of their own kind. Kakarikis are also known for their ability to mimic sounds and can be trained to perform simple tricks.

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Kakariki (Cyanomphus)

5. Sun Conure (Aratinga solstitialis)

The Sun Parakeet is a lively bird with a striking appearance and a playful personality. With their bright green plumage, accented with vibrant shades of yellow, orange and red on the head, breast and wings, they are a beautiful species of parakeet. The Sun Parakeet looks very similar to the Jendaya Parakeet, the difference between these two species is that the Jandaya Parakeet has red circles around the eyes. In the tropical forests and savannas of South America, they live in large flocks. Their social nature and cheerful behavior make them popular as pets among bird lovers.

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Sun parakeet (Aratinga solstitialis)

6. Ring-necked parakeet (Psittacula krameri)

The Ring-necked Parakeet is a colorful bird with bright green feathers and a striking collar. They live in large groups in cities, including in the Netherlands, and are known for their lively behavior and noisy vocalizations. Native to tropical regions, they have adapted to urban life and feed on seeds, fruits and blossoms. Their adaptability and lively presence make them both beloved and infamous.

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Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri)

7. English Budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus)

The English budgerigar, a bred variant of the normal budgerigar, owes its name to English breeding practices that mainly focus on size. Over time, more emphasis has been placed on the size and width of the bird, resulting in a characteristic round head behind which the eyes are sometimes barely visible. Despite this, they maintain sufficient visibility between their lush feathers. English budgerigars become tame quickly and are known for their talkative nature, with males often being the most vocal specimens.

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English Budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus)

8. Rainbow Budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus)

The rainbow budgerigar, a color variant of the common budgerigar, is notable for its pastel shades in its plumage, in contrast to the more striking colors of the common budgerigar, which gives it its name. Despite this color variation, they exhibit the same character, enjoying social contact and the company of a mate.
Rainbow budgerigars are generally tame and can be trained well, making them suitable as pets for bird lovers.

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Rainbow Budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus)

9. Rosella (Platycercus)

Rosellas are a colorful group of parakeets found in Australia and nearby islands. With their vibrant plumage in shades of red, yellow, blue and green, they stand out among bird lovers. There are several subspecies of rosellas, each with their own unique colors and patterns, such as the Eastern Rosella with its bright red breast and the Crimson Rosella with its deep, bright colors.

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Rosella (Platycercus)

10. Large Alexander Parakeet (Psittacula eupatria)

The Greater Alexander Parakeet is a strikingly large parakeet with beautiful colors. They have bright green plumage with bright red accents on their wings and a striking orange-yellow neck band. These parakeets are playful and curious and often make lively sounds. In Asia, their natural habitat, they live in groups in forests and forest edges. Remarkably, they can now also be found in the Netherlands, where they are sometimes spotted in the wild. Their social nature and adaptability make them beloved by bird watchers around the world.

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Large Alexander Parakeet (Psittacula eupatria)

11. Bourke's Parakeet (Neopsephotus bourkii)

Bourke's parakeets are calm and friendly birds with mainly pink and brown feathers and subtle blue and green tones on their wings. Unlike some other parakeets, they are peaceful in nature, yet they enjoy social contact and appreciate interaction with people, although they can be a bit cautious at times. Originally from the arid interior of Australia, they live in small groups or pairs and eat seeds, grasses, fruits and insects. Their ability to survive in dry climates and hide from predators and bright sun makes them fascinating to watch both indoors and outdoors.

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Bourke's Parakeet (Neopsephotus bourkii)

12. Catherine Parakeet (Bolborhynchus lineola)

Catherine parakeets are friendly birds with beautiful colors and a sweet character. They have mainly green feathers with striking blue and red accents, making them look beautiful. Although they talk less than some other parakeets, with some training and attention they can learn some words and sounds. In the wild, they live in groups in Australian dry forests and shrubs, where they feed on seeds, fruits and insects. They are social and form strong bonds with their own kind. With their calm nature and lively personality, Catherine Parakeets make ideal pets for bird lovers.

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Catherine Parakeet (Bolborhynchus lineola)

13. Neophema

Neophema parakeets come in many colors and types, such as: turquisine parakeet, elegant parakeet, blue-winged parakeet, orange-bellied parakeet and rock parakeet. They are colorful and playful birds with a lively personality. Although they don't talk like other parakeets, with training and attention they can learn some words. In the wild, they live in Australian grasslands and forests, where they like to be in groups and feed on seeds and insects. With their cheerful nature and colorful appearance, Neophema parakeets are popular pets for bird lovers.

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14. Plum-headed Parakeet (Psittacula cyanocephala)

Plum-headed parakeets are notable for their lively appearance, with bright green feathers, purple heads and red beaks. They are known for their active and playful behavior, often accompanied by lively vocalizations. In their natural habitat in Southeast Asian forests they live in small groups. Their social nature and adaptability make them beloved pets all over the world.

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Plum-headed parakeet (Psittacula cyanocephala)

Where can I buy a parakeet?

On the Bird world of Avonturia de Vogelkelder In The Hague we sell many different types of parakeets. Whether you are looking for a Dutch Budgerigar, English Budgerigar, Rainbow Budgerigar, Cockatiel or Kakariki, you will find them all with us. Our expert staff are ready to help you choose the right parakeet that suits your needs and lifestyle. We also offer advice on proper care and nutrition to ensure your new pet stays healthy and happy. Come visit Avonturia de Vogelkelder and discover the wonderful world of parakeets!

Can parakeets talk?

Some species of parakeets, such as cockatiels and ring-necked parakeets, are known to be more amenable to learning human speech and sounds. Other species, such as budgerigars, are also capable of talking, but this is less common and depends on the individual animal. In general, with regular training and interaction, parakeets are more likely to learn to talk, but it always depends on the individual ability and character of the bird.

How old do parakeets get?

Parakeets typically have a life expectancy of about 5 to 15 years, depending on several factors, including the species, genetics, diet, habitat and general health. Some parakeets can even live longer than 15 years if they are properly cared for and kept healthy. It is important to provide a balanced diet, adequate exercise, regular vet checks and a stimulating environment to maximize a parakeet's lifespan.

What is the difference between a parakeet and a parrot?

The difference between a parakeet and a parrot is mainly in their size, body structure and behavior. In general, parakeets are smaller than parrots and have a slimmer build. Parakeets also often have a longer tail compared to parrots. Behaviorally, parakeets are generally more lively and playful, while parrots are often more inclined to talk and can learn to imitate human speech. In addition, parrots often have a stronger beak than parakeets, which they use to crack food and sometimes also to demolish things.

What sounds does a parakeet make?

Parakeets make all kinds of sounds, such as whistling, chattering, screaming, talking and sometimes even hissing. The whistling can imitate existing melodies or be unique tunes. Chattering sounds are used for social contact between parakeets or to communicate with people. Screaming can occur during excitement, stress or to get attention. Some parakeets can even imitate human speech, this varies per parakeet species.

Which parakeets live in the wild in the Netherlands?

There are several parakeet species in the Netherlands that have found their home here. A well-known species is the ring-necked parakeet, which can often be seen in urban areas such as Amsterdam and The Hague, especially in parks and gardens. There have also been sightings of the large Alexander parakeet, an impressive bird with bright colours, and the monk parakeet, which mainly resides in rural areas. These parakeets were not originally in the Netherlands, but they have settled here and feel very much at home in their new environment.


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