Questions, questions, questions ...

Question: What do Lineolated Parakeets eat?
Answer: The food of the Lineolated Parakeet should contain half-and-half "dry" (a well-balanced cockatiel seed mix without sunflower seeds, different other seeds, foxtail millet, ...) and "wet" components (fruits, vegetable, wild herbs, ...).
Detailed information for feeding please find

Question: How old can Lineolated Parakeets get?
Answer: In literature a lifespan of approximately 10 years is stated. But older exemplars are known as well (13 years).

Question: Is is true, that the claws of the Lineolated Parakeets grow extraordinary fast?
Answer: Yes and no. Surely, the claw growth should be observed steadily, as at other birds, too, to avoid injuries caused by "getting stuck". Nevertheless you can control the abrasion of the claws quite well by offering a clever interior decoration of the aviary. In addition, thick, irregular branches lead to a better equilibrium sense and well-trained foot musculature.

Question: Which colours of the Lineolated Parakeet do exist?
Answer: The natural or wild colour of the Lineolated Parakeet is green. Meanwhile you can get them in further colours like dark green, olive green, turquoise (blue), cobalt blue, mauve (or slate), lutino (yellow) or creamino (cream-coloured). Other colour varieties are rarer.
For details concerning the mutations have a look

Question: Lineolated Parakeets often sit fluffed up with hanging wings and lowered head on the perch. Are they ill?
Answer: Not necessarily. Actually Lineolated Parakeets spend their resting periods in this posture, often with closed eyes sitting on one foot. If you also can hear the typical mumbling, there's no problem initially. But when the bird shows apathy, loss of appetite, reduced activity or other abnormal indications, you should go to the veterinarian.

Question: The excretions of the Lineolated Parakeet contains a lot of fluid. Does the birds have diarrhoea?
Answer: Due to the high amount of fruits and fluid in the food the droppings of the Lineolated Parakeets indeed is rather pappy and liquid. This is no cause for concern, as long as there are no further indications of an illness.

Question: Can Lineolated Parakeets kept solely?
Answer: No! Like all parrots (there is just one exception: the kakapo) the Lineolated Parakeets are swarm animals, which become stunted without congeneric companions and show abnormal behaviour. A human being never can replace a bird-companion.

Question: How large should be a cage for one couple of Lineolated Parakeets?
Answer: This is quite plain: as large as possible! From my point of view, every cage with an edge length lower than one metre is too small, after all the birds have to spend most of their life in this accommodation.
Important: Maybe, Lineolated Parakeets seem to be small, clumsy and sluggardly, but they really like to move. They should have this possibility. So, daily flying outside of the aviary or cage is essential, if the birds are kept indoor.
For tips concerning keeping and accommodation click

Question: How can I distinguish between male and female Lineolated Parakeets?
Answer: The only secure method is a DNA-analysis, which is done by several institutes. All other possibilities show a more or less high error ratio. Often you can see that the two median tail feathers only have a little black on the tips at the females, but at the males are copious black coloured. Also the remaining plumage markings shall be "more intensive" at the male birds. Nevertheless, there exist enough examples, where these characteristics can't be observed.

Question: Can I socialise Lineolated Parakeets with other birds?
Answer: Yes. The socialisation with other peaceful parakeet species and finches is possible. Sufficient space is important, so that the birds can get out of their way if necessary. More about that you can read

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