Parakeets (Budgerigars)

Parakeets, also known as budgerigars or budgies outside of the U.S., are small to medium size parrots originally native to Australia. While wild colonies still exist, parakeets have become a popular pet worldwide.

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How can you tame a mean parakeet?

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That is a great question. I had the same question awhile back, if you have a new parakeet its going to be scared so if you want it to be tame just search that question because its different than the one that i am answering. How ever if you have an older parakeet that you've had for a while, I want you to think back when your parakeet was new to the environment because allot of times people get impatient and when a new bird tries to fly a natural instinct goes in our head that says hurry and catch the bird well i the birds eyes we are chasing him and we are a predator its not that likely but it can happen the bird can have issues with trusting humans so its like its scared with fear, don't worry you can break this but you have to be even more patient for about a week just sit near the cage and talk and don't put your hands in the cage at all except to feed the bird, after you do this you can gently open the cage door and just lay your hand right near the entrance not on a perch, not on anything just lay it there for at least 20 minuets if you have that amount of time, you can even read a book or watch TV. after your bird is comfortable you can gently approach the bird With some Millet or and other treat in the palm of your hand. you may want to take the birds food away for about 5 hours before trying this the reason is that the bird will be hungry and eventually will step on your hand and eat the food, treat, or millet do this about three times a week and after about two weeks of this you can gently, and slowly move your index finger or if you don't with the bird to bite use a perch, both will work then press up against the breast of the bird and say "step up" and if the bird does reward the bird with a treat and saying good boy or good girl make this a big deal because it is a big step. :) best wishes
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How do you know if a parakeet is a male or female?

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It actually depends on what specific bird is meant by "parakeet". The term "parakeet" is a generalised term to cover numerous species of smaller, long-tailed parrots. The word tends to be used in countries outside of the birds' native lands. For example, the term "parakeet" is never used in Australia to refer to budgies, lorikeets or cockatiels, yet these birds are commonly known as "parakeets" overseas. 'Parakeet' also tends to be a commonly mistaken name for budgerigars, the smallest of the parrot species. If referring to budgerigars, the top of the bird's beak, called the cere, turns blue on mature males. The female has a pale cere which turns brown during breeding season. If referring to cockatiels, males tend to have brighter cheek patches than females. Despite common belief, stripes and patterns on the tail feathers are no indication whether the bird is male or female. If referring to lorikeets or other small parrots, the male and female cannot be told apart except by an avian specialist who can measure the width of the pelvic bones. As this is not necessarily an accurate measure, DNA testing or surgical sexing is the only certain method - but rather extreme.
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Why is my parakeet's face turning red?

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Where does it turn red? If it is the cere (nose) then this means the bird is not in a breeding mood (both genders). my budgie was doing this when he was a few months old. if the face is turning red where the feathers are maybe he has a skin condition and you may need to take him to an avian vet
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Budgie throwing up seed?

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Budgies regeritate seeds in order to feed their young. If you Budgie is close to you it may be trying to feed you. My Senegal parott did that all the time. Your budgie bird may not be eating the food because you might have tried to give it a different type of food. Sometimes they may be picky about the food. Just give them time and dont change the food all at once but mix it with the food you started feeding it with.
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Why do parakeets screech?

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To communicate. All living animals communicate with each other, either through body language, sounds or both. In the wild, parakeets make screeching sounds to communicate with other birds. Birds are also a lot more socially complex than most people realise. When feeding, wild birds will normally split into groups, while one group feeds, the other group will circle the food from the air or keep watch from trees, acting as sentries or guards. If a predator is spotted, the birds will call out to their feeding friends to get away. Parakeets make noises to communicate either with other birds or their human family. They will also use sound to warn others of dangers.
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How many eggs do parakeets have at once?

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Usually 1-6 eggs at a time. Fun Fact: A group of eggs that a parakeet lays is called a clutch.
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When do baby parakeets get feathers?

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When it has been 11 days since it had hatched
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How do you know if a parakeet is male or female?

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The color of their ceres (above their beaks) is how you can tell. If it is blue, they are male, if it is brown, they are female. Blue on the beak is female, beige or lack of color is male.
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Do blue parakeets talk?

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Any Parakeet can talk. You just have to train them. Talk around them alot like a parrot. males generally are more apt to speak than females. not all parakeets talk if youre referring to the broader category of 'keets which include budgies, quakers, rosellas, ringnecks etc. hand tamed birds are more likely to talk than parent raised.
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How do you catch a wild parakeet?

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In a trap or net. Bear in mind that unless you are an employee of your national environmental or animal agency, such as vets or animal rescue, (which since you asked this question, I doubt), it is illegal to catch wild parakeets. Wild parakeets cannot be tamed. They will also become aggressive, leading to injury to themselves and humans. They will also become depressed in captive situations, leading them to pluck their own feathers out and die early.
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Can parakeets eat broccoli?

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Yes they can. When my parakeet was alive, she LOVED broccoli.
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How do you tell if my parakeet has lice?

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Caged birds with lice or mites will scratch a lot. Whether or not your parrot has lice or mites, it is wise to get a mite spray from the pet shop and spray it every couple of days. The spray does no harm if used properly.
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Do blue parakeets bite?

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Biting does not depends on a color of a bird, but it depends on how they were raised, and how comfortable they feel around the person who is handling them. I would say if they are hand fed, they are much less likely to bite. If you were to buy a parakeet, I would suggest leaving them alone in the cage for a day, and not handling them. This does not mean you should not talk to them, though. However, you should talk softly and calmly, and show the bird that you are a gentle person, and that is has nothing to be afraid of. Another thing, if you are afraid of the bird, and you try to hold it, the bird will know, and then they will be afraid. For example, if you get startled when they try to step up on your hand, that may scare the bird. Hope I could help. (:
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What eats budgies?

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snakes eat budgies so you better watch out
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Are Parakeets parrots?

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Yes. Parakeets are parrots, and all parrots are birds. They have feathers, and lay eggs, like all birds.
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Should the parakeet's cere be swollen?

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If it is to swollen it might have an infection otherwise it should be fine
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Why do parakeets like to look in mirrors?

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parakeets often think that there is another bird in the cage with them and can develop an attachment to the mirror. it's best just to remove the mirror if you can. that's what i did.
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How can you tell when a parakeet is pregnant?

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Parakeets are parrots, and parrots are birds. Birds do not get pregnant, as reproduction is done through the laying of eggs. The eggs take about three weeks to form properly in the body, but this is not called "pregnancy". They look the same when they are laying eggs as when they aren't. In other words, birds don't "hold" their eggs inside their bodies and show a big belly to indicate that eggs are on the way. The egg shell is the last thing that develops right before the egg is laid, therefore, a hen doesn't "show" in the sense that human women "show" when they are pregnant. Birds which are getting close to laying an egg become more lively, excitable and playful, not listless and quiet. If they have a nesting box, they will spend a lot more time in the box, preparing it for nesting, and possibly being very protective of that area. If there is a male, he may start feeding the female. A parakeet with a swollen abdomen is not a sign of a bird about to lay an egg. It is either eating too much of a high-fat diet (common among birds with a seed-only diet) or it has a tumor. Swelling in the abdominal area could also mean the parrot is egg-bound, though this tends to present more as swelling near the bird's tail, near the cloacae. She will be distressed and show signs of constipation, be reluctant to move and "waddle" like a penguin. If your bird shows signs of being egg-bound, she must be taken to the vet as soon as possible, as this can be a life-threatening condition.
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How long does a echo parakeet live?

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This is a rare breed of bird and not much is known about it, but I'm guessing it's about the same as an Indian Ring-neck Parakeet, which is about 25 years or more, but not too much more.
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What do parakeets need in their cages?

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well off the top of my mind I would think that if you let any bird out of its cage.... 1. it could leave bird poop around your house 2. has more of a chance to fly out by you just opening a door. Or your child leaving a door open if you have any. so to me that would convince me that I what to leave in a cage. Now I might really love it buy it a big cage and maybe let it out occionally but I have a cage for it to live most of the time.
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Will budgies get cold in winter outside?

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This depends on where they live. There are many parts of Australia, in the temperate and tropical regions of the north, where pet budgies will not get cold at all outside. In the wild, they live throughout the central deserts and grasslands, where winter nights become very cold. However, domesticated budgies are not used to these conditions, and if nights drop below 15 degrees Celsius, it is safer to bring them inside.
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What is a group of budgerigars called?

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A group of wild budgies is called a flock.
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Why parakeet lost feather around their head?

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It's moulting. This is a normal part of a bird's growth, and can happen all at once, especially with sudden changes in diet or routine.
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Can parakeets eat leaves?

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no but it is best to get lettuce from the superstore and make sure to balance your bird's meal with lots of seeds, water, grains, fruits and vegetables, dont give them a lot of meat since they eat small insects in the wild