Surely more than one person will have told you that if you want to have a bird at home, the best option is to bet on a parakeet. And it’s actually the right thing to do, especially when you don’t have a lot of experience caring for a bird.
How did this species come about?
As everyone knows, the Australian parakeet is what is known as the common parakeet, but after a long time of work, a new species was created that was baptized as the English parakeet since it was raised in England.
We could say that we are facing a fairly new species, given that the English parakeet took more than half a century to become what it is now, after the great efforts of breeders in selective breeding. The English parakeet as it is known today was born in 1989.
And what is this bird like?
It is quite easy to differentiate since the English parakeet has a yellow neck and throat. On the throat, it has a series of black dots, all of the same size, and on the side of each side of the neck, there are dark blue drops that end in two small black spots. Its beak is light in color, except in the area where it joins the face, which has a little blue flesh without feathers.
Its chest, abdomen, and lower part of the tail are light green, down to its short legs that are light blue. However, its never, back and wings, mix yellow with black, in feathers that seem wavy. It is especially distinguished by the large size it has when perched on the perches.
Within the species of English parakeets, there are smaller specimens, about 10 cm, and others that can reach 15 cm, and instead of having smooth plumage, they can have many feathers or a small crest on the head. In these cases, it is considered a “pseudo” English parakeet.
What is there to know about their care?
The truth is that it does not differ much from other parakeets. Since its size is not very large, it will be enough with a suitable cage in which it can stretch its wings from time to time to fly from one side of it to the other. It is not usually very aggressive in character and does not mind sharing a cage with members of another species.
Since it does not present sexual dimorphism, its breeding is not highly recommended for people who lack experience in this field. Breeding it is not much different from what it is to obtain a common Australian parakeet, but achieving a pure English parakeet is quite difficult, even for the most experienced breeders.
Its diet consists mainly of birdseed, but other foods such as pieces of fruit, vegetables, or seeds can also be given, as long as they are not germinated, so that it receives nutrients. So that its plumage always has a shiny appearance, it is good to give it some vitamin complex in the water.
It is not a bird intended to be trained nor is it highly thought of as a domestic bird, but rather it has been a species that has been created for exhibition competitions. However, some breeders will teach you tricks such as climbing on your finger or eating from your hand. He’s not as smart as other bird species, but with a little patience, these little tricks can be taught without much trouble.
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