What Color Parakeet Should I Get?

One of the hardest parts of getting a new pet parakeet is choosing what color variation to get! Now you ask yourself, what color parakeet should I get? Find out in this article.

According to Omlet, there are over thirty recognized basic color combinations amongst pet parakeets.

So, I sure understand your headache when it comes to choosing a single color from this long colorful list.

However, whatever colors you eventually decide to choose, just know that you can never go wrong as parakeets irrespective of their color are adorable and friendly birds.

Ok, so what color parakeet should i get?

Your choice of parakeet color depends on your budget, your preference, the parakeet you already have, and your plans for future breeding.


Generally, the rarer the color variation, the higher the price. So, when choosing a new parakeet, your budget should be considered.


Choosing a color for your parakeet can ultimately come down to personal choice, as the color variation won’t affect its personality or health (unless it has been heavily inbred to develop color).

What parakeets do you already have

Depending on what parakeets you already have, you may want to try to collect as many colors as possible and breed unexpected colors, or you may want to breed a single color.

Future breeding

If you plan to breed your parakeets in the future, the color will be critical to determining the color of the baby parakeets.

The color of the parent parakeet, as well as the bird’s genealogy, is important.

Your future baby parakeets will inherit unexpressed genes from their parents that may manifest unexpectedly in your breeding program.

What is the most common parakeet color?

The most common parakeet color is green parakeet which is considered the original parakeet color. The green color is the most common among wild parakeets as it helps them hide from predators in green foliage. This bird comes in three shades of varying intensity: light, dark, and olive and are genetically speaking, dominant. Other common parakeet colors are blue, purple, grey, rainbow, and cinnamon.

Green parakeets have a yellow band of six spots on the sides of their throats, yellow-rimmed black stripes, dark blue cheek markings, and a blue tail with one black feather. 

Here are some other common parakeet colors to look at.

Blue parakeet

The blue parakeet, which looks like a fairy-tale bird, comes in three shades: sky blue, cobalt blue, and mauve.

This bird has a white mask, black spots, blue to purple cheek markings, and black/blue stripes with white edges.

The tail feathers range in color from mild to dark blue.

As a recessive mutation, blue parakeets are very difficult to breed.

Grey parakeet

Grey parakeet is another popular color with a black tail and blue markings on the cheek.

It has a white mask, black spots, and black stripes with white edges.

It has a grey plumage supported with other colors like; mauve or olive green.

It is an elegant and sober bird.

Purple parakeet

Purple parakeets were first discovered in the 1930s and were regarded as a rare breed for a long time.

Its cheek markings are dark purple just like its black-tipped tail plumage.

It is a semi-dominant variety just like its grey relative.

Rainbow parakeet

The Rainbow parakeet seems to have enjoyed a lively session in the paint room as it bears the rainbow’s coloring.

On its neck are a variety of markings and irregular splotches of pastel colors. Its colors tend to be very light.

Cinnamon parakeet

Besides having brown wings, cinnamon parakeets also have red eyes with clear iris.

It also has brown spots and faded tail feathers.

This species is known for its red claws, which are one of its most striking characteristics.

We have only listed the most common types of parakeets that are easy to find. Indeed, there are many more varieties all of which are gorgeous and loveable.

What is the rarest color of parakeet?

The rarest color of parakeet is the Anthracite parakeet with a dark charcoal grey color. Other rare colors include rainbow, lacewing, and clearwing parakeets.

A rare color can become more and more common over time since these rare colors are caused by genetic mutations.

For example, the rainbow parakeet is becoming more common.

Parakeet colors are extremely variable, so it is challenging to define exactly what a “rare” color is for these beautiful birds.

Since parakeet color variations are caused by genetic mutations this means that selective breeding can lead to one color becoming more and more common.

What is the most colorful parakeet?

The most colorful parakeet is the Rosella parakeet. Rosellas vary from a deep crimson red to a pale yellow across south-eastern Australia. The main distinctive feature about Rosella birds is their broad and flat tail. This specie is the part of the “flat-tailed” parrot family and can be easily found in Australia.

Both males and females from every type look similar. And the main color pallet of rosella is usually bright and consists of red, yellow, green, and blue.

Rosella birds are considered good pets because of their colorful appearance and calm nature.

These colorful parrots are not high maintenance, but they do need to be hand-trained.

Research recently published in the Journal of Biogeography shows that habitat background and climates are major drivers of the color variation in this species.

What is the friendliest type of parakeet?

The friendliest type of parakeet is the Budgerigar also called the ‘Budgie’. It is known for being affectionate and friendly as they are easy to tame and care for. They are easy to train, and they can easily talk and perform other tricks. Parakeets are also small and easy to maintain making them a great choice for busy pet owners and those living in a more cramped environment such as an apartment.


They can be found in a variety of colors including green, yellow, blue, white, gray, and more.

They are only 6-8 inches long.

Do parakeets change color with age?

Parakeets change color as they get older, but only when growing from chick to adult. During this period, parakeets will undergo their first molt and grow into their full, adult color. Once fully grown, Parakeets do not change color again. If they do, this may indicate an illness, complication, stress, or disease during their adult molts.

Closely examine and reach out to the vet if your parakeet changes color after maturity.

Particularly watch out for black or brown feathers, as this can be a sign of injuries, parasites, fungal infection, or malnourishment.

There’s also a chance that your parakeet is just dirty and needs a bath.

Once it is washed, its normal coloring should appear.

Does the color of a parakeet matter?

The color of a parakeet does not matter since there are no particular behavior traits associated with any particular color of parakeet. Most parakeets regardless of color are similar in traits and characteristics.

This is just nature trying to serve you this beautiful and affectionate bird in whatever colors you desire.

It’s like buying a pair of shoes; regardless of the color, the quality remains the same.

So, focus on the health of the parakeet than on the color as whatever color you choose is the best!

How do I pick the right parakeet?

When choosing the right parakeet, these are some of the things to look out for, and the color isn’t one of them.

Sociable behavior

Young parakeets in good health will be playful, noisy, and alert. A quiet bird sitting alone in a cage with other birds will get sick.

Quiet breathing

Although parakeets are real talkative, their breathing should be silent and stable.

Any ‘clicking’ or ‘wheeze’ sound could be a sign of respiratory issues, which could be caused by an air sac mite.

Beautiful plumage

The bird should look sleek and shiny, and you should make sure there are no messy or missing feathers.

Clean beak and nostrils

The parakeet’s nostril should be clear with no dried matter or mucous around the beak or cere.

The right number of toes

Each foot of a parakeet should have four toes, with two pointing forward and two pointing backward (a formation known as zygodactyls.)

Pay attention to any awkwardness or clumsiness in the bird’s perching or climbing as this could signal a problem or deformity.

A well-sized beak

There may be a hidden problem if the parakeet beak is oversized, rough, or crooked.

Clean vent

The vent is the area from which the bird poops.

If the vent looks filthy, this may be an indication of a poor diet or a health challenge.

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