7 Best Parakeets for Pets

Parakeets are amazing pet birds regardless of what type you choose. However, certain species rank higher as pet birds than others! Here are the 7 best parakeets for pets.

You probably already know that parakeets are amazing birds and that they are a great choice for pet owners (especially beginners).

The problem for you however may be to decide on what species of this beautiful bird to choose from.

While some prefer the larger-sized species like the Alexandrine parakeet, others prefer the ones smaller in size like the Budgie.

Whatever your choice, you are sure to have a nice experience with your bird.

Now, let’s go through the 7 best parakeets for pets!

1. Budgerigar (Budgie)

Budgie parakeet
Origin Australia
Color Blue-white; Yellow-green 
Length 7 inches (18 centimeters)
Weight 23-32 grams (0.8 to 1.1 ounces)
Lifespan 5-8 years
Wingspan 12 inches (30 centimeters)

I can’t think of any other species occupying the number 1 spot.

Due to its friendly temperament and how easy it is to tame and nurture them, the budgie is a classic beginner pet, probably the best.

It is the most popular pet bird in the world for a reason.

With its small size, you don’t need a large cage or space to keep them.

Also expect to have lots of fun training these friendly birds with treats, swings, and a lot of toys.

Since they are capable of ‘talking’, you might even be able to understand them.

2. Bourke’s Parakeet

Bourke’s parakeet image
Origin  Australia
Color Grey and rosy pink plumage with blues and browns
Length  18 – 23 centimeters (7 – 9 inches)
Weight 42 to 49 grams
Lifespan 58 years.
Wingspan around 12 inches

Small and cute, these birds are similar to the budgie in both size and disposition.

Their affectionate nature and ease of care also make them an ideal choice for the first-time pet owner.

They become very tame even with little effort and will happily perch on your shoulder.

Bourke will also enjoy being held in your hands.

They enjoy flying around, so they will appreciate the opportunity to get out of the cage and fly around the room.

But just like budgies, they can fly away if given the chance, so keep your windows and doors shut.

3. Monk Parakeet

monk parakeet image
Origin Argentina, and surrounding countries in South America
Color Quaker parakeets have a range of breeds with distinctive colors including blue, cinnamon, lutino (yellow), and parable
Length 11 inches (29 centimeters)
Weight 100 grams (3.5 ounces)
Lifespan 20-30 years
Wingspan 18.8 inches (48 centimeters)

This large parakeet, also known as the Quaker parrot is a lively and sociable bird that is curious and enjoys mimicking words or sounds.

Trust me, it is not as withdrawn or solitary as its name (monk) suggests.

Instead of using a hole in a tree, the monk parakeet is the only parrot that builds a stick nest on a man-made structure or in a tree.

It often breeds colonially, building a single large nest with different entrances for each pair.

The name ‘Quaker’ comes from the species’ strange shaking and quaking habit, which is believed to be unconnected to hunger, stress, or cold.

Expect them to form bonds with you and other birds in their company, so give them plenty of attention.

4. Ring-necked Parakeet

Ring-necked Parakeet
Origin  Africa and southern Asia
Color Ringnecks in captivity have multiple color mutations which include turquoise, cinnamon, yellow, grey, white, olive, blue, and violet. In the wild, both sexes have a distinctive green color
Length 38 – 42 centimeters (14.9 – 16.5 inches).
Weight 96-139 grams
Lifespan 34 years.
Wingspan 42 – 48 centimeters (16.5 – 18.8 inches)

The gregarious antics of ring-necked parakeets will keep you entertained for hours.

However, you will need to provide space, toys, and lots of attention for these larger parakeets to become optimally active.

With enough effort and attention, they can learn to vocalize and become tamed. They can also be trained to speak.

5. Alexandrine Parakeet

Alexandrine Parakeet on lady’s shoulder
OriginIndia and Sri Lanka (East India to Hyderabad, and Andhra Pradesh in the South, Sri Lanka)
ColorColoring is predominantly green with blue-grey on the cheeks and back of the neck, yellow-green abdomen, red patch on the shoulders, a massive red beak with yellow tips. The underside of the tail is yellow. the top of the tail is green and blue with yellow at the tip.
Length 56 to 62 cm (22 to 24 inches)
Weight 200 to 300 grams (7.1 to 10.6 ounces)
Lifespan 25-30 years
Wingspan 18.9–21.5 cm (7.5–8.5 inches)

The Alexandrine Parakeet is a larger relative of the Ringed-neck Parakeet. It is the largest parakeet.

It is very hardy and independent, so it can sure make a good company even if kept alone.

Despite its size, it is relatively quiet, making it apartment or neighbors-friendly.

6. Moustached Parakeet

Moustached Parakeet image
Origin Southeast Asia (China and the islands of Indonesia)
Color Moustache parakeets display a rainbow of colors in their beautiful plumage. Their backs and wings vary with brilliant green and yellow hues, and they have beautiful greenish-blue tail feathers. They have powder-blue heads with characteristic “moustache” black stripes above and below their beaks.
Length 33 – 40 centimeters (13 – 16 inches)
Weight 3.5-4.6 ounces (100-130 grams)
Lifespan 25 years
Wingspan 38 centimeters (15 inches)

Moustached parakeets are also commonly known as mustache parakeets, Java parakeets, or red-breasted parakeets.

Because of its famous mustache, this unique bird is known as the Inspector Clouseau of the parakeet family.

They’re extremely rarer than other parakeets, and unlike other birds, they’re better off kept alone as pairing them might cause a little problem.

With their curious nature, they’ll be interested in everything you’re doing and will want to know everything you’re doing.

Give them the freedom to spread their wings, and if you let them out into an enclosed environment keep an eye on them to stop them from straying.

7. Crimson Rosellas

Crimson Rosellas image
Origin Australia (eastern and south-eastern Australia)
Color Deep crimson is red to pale yellow and green with blue cheeks, shoulders, and tail. They are not only red but can be orange or yellow. Red and Yellowbirds produce orange offspring.
Length 14 inches (36 centimeters)
Weight 115 to 170 grams
Lifespan Lifespan: 25 years.
Wingspan 44-53 centimeters (17.3-20.8 inches)

Crimson Rosellas also called the Pennant’s Rosellas are desirable exotic pets due to their vibrant plumage.

With enough attention and patience, they can be tamed, especially if you offer them tidbits and treats to encourage bonding.

They also enjoy chat and whistles, and if given the space of a good aviary and a diet as diverse as their coloring, they will thrive.

What is the best type of parakeet for a pet?

The best type of parakeet for a pet is the budgie (budgerigar) as they are extremely affectionate and friendly when properly tamed and cared for.

They are small-sized (meaning they take up less space), fairly low maintenance, easy to train, they can learn lots of bird tricks and also learn to speak.

Also known as parakeets, budgies remain the best type of parakeet.

What is the most popular type of parakeet?

The most popular type of parakeet is the Australian budgerigar also known as the ‘Budgie’ (Melopsittacus undulates). It is not just the most popular parakeet but also the most popular pet bird in the world!

The one thing that propelled them to the top is their sheer personality.

Despite their small size, they are full of personality, packing all the charisma of a parrot into a package not much bigger than a canary.

In 1840, the Australian budgerigar was first introduced into European bird collections.

Now, in North America and Europe, the budgie remains the most popular parakeet to be kept as a pet.

Conclusion

All of the 7 best parakeets explained above are all amazing species.

So, whichever one you choose, trust me, you can never go wrong.

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