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Handfed Lineolated Parakeets





Meet Our Feathered Friend:

Lineolated Parakeet



Common Name: Lineolated Parakeet, Linnie, Barred Parakeet

Latin Name: Bolborhynchus Lineola

Native Region: Central and South America

Average Lifespan: 10 - 14 Years

Average Length: 15cm (6 inches)

Average Weight: 47 to 55 grams

Song Type: Quiet, Repetitive Low Chirps, 

Interaction: Social

> Lineolated Parakeets (Linnies) come in a variety of colour muations.

> Did you know that the barring on their feathers increases with age?
> A Linnies nails will grow very quickly and have soft nail beds. Routine grooming is important! 
> Linnies are known to walk or climb rather than fly. 



Common Health Conditions

Like many other small parrots, Lineolated Parakeets can be prone to developing fatty tumors. A healthy, diversified diet is always best for your Feathered Friends. Lineolated Parakeets tend to need grooming on a much high frequency than many other species. Their beaks and nails grow rather quickly and have soft nail beds. Regular grooming is extremely important for this beautiful species. Linnie's are also prone to Vitamin A deficiency. 



Linnie's should be fed a pellet-based diet supplemented with lots of fresh fruit and veggies. Seeds and tree-nuts can be used as treats, but should be fed in moderation. Linnie's can be prone to Vitamin A deficiency and will benefit from additional Vitamin A in their diet which can be added through choosing vegetables rich in Vitamin A. 

Pet Profile

With their gentle nature and comparably quieter vocalizations, Lineolated Parakeets have earned a reputation as one of the more easygoing small parrots. Linnie's are gentle-natured and make excellent family pets. They love to entertain their humans and always ready for affection. Linnie's tend to be pretty laid back birds and will bond very strongly with their humans, but like all birds, require at least a couple hours of attention and interaction per day. Linnie's are generally not destructive birds and love to explore, play, and enjoy just sitting on your shoulder watching the world go by! 


Noise Level & Talking Ability

Linnie's are typically very quite birds and even at their "loudest" they tend to still be pretty quiet! The noises Linnie's make are cute and soft little mumbles and peeps! Linnie's can also learn to talk and mimic human speech surprisingly well! 



A Lineolated Parakeets cage needs to meet the minimum cage requirements of 24" x 18" x 18" with maximum wire spacing of 3/8" to 5/8". Linnie’s are knowing to walk more than fly so length is more important than height. Proper toys and perches must be present in the cage. Each cage should have multiple perches (especially considering a Linnie’s desire to walk and climb) with a variety of textures, materials, and diameters to ensure the feet of your Linnie are well exercised and prevent bumblefoot and severe arthritis as your bird ages. With Linnie’s nails growing so quickly, it’s a good idea to have a cement perch to help sand down their nails in between groomings. Cement perches are best places near their food dish. It is important that the cement perch is NOT the highest perch in the cage. Linnie’s can be picky when it comes to their toys, so choosing a large variety to have on hand and change out is best. Your cage should have a variety of toys which can include enrichment, shredding, foraging, natural, wooden, metal, and plastic toys. DO NOT put a mirror or fake bird toy in your cage as these have been shown to do more harm than good. We generally recommend housing handfed birds one per cage. If you house multiple handfed birds in the same cage, it is possible for the birds to remain friendly, but this requires a lot more time spent with each bird by their owners. 

NOTE: Although the minimum cage size requirements are listed above, like with most birds, the more space the better.  Keeping in mind the wire spacing requirements, we suggest acquiring the largest cage your budget and space can afford. Length is more valuable than height.

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