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Lineolated Parakeet


Lineolated Parakeet

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Discription: The barred parakeet (Bolborhynchus lineola), also known as , Catherine or 'linnies' for short, is a small Lineolated Parakeetparakeet found disjunctly in highland forests from southern Mexico to Panama, in the Andes from western Venezuela to southern Peru and Bolivia, the Santa Marta Mountains in Colombia.

The Linnie is about 16 cm (6.5 in) in length and has a weight of about 42 to 52 grams. It is mostly green and has black stripes (or bars) over its upper-parts except on the top of the head. Its lower-parts are olive-green with very dark green stripes on its sides. The shoulder of its wings are black, there is some blue on the under-side of its wings, and its tail is dark green. The irises are dark brown and its beak is horn colored. Its legs are pink. Juveniles have less-marked dark stripes, which darken with age. Males and females are generally similar in external appearance, but males may sometimes have more marked black stripes than the female. Usually, however, there is no discerning trait to differentiate genders and sexing must be done surgically or through blood tests. The two subspecies differ in the prominence of the dark stripes. Lineolated parakeets are known for their calm dispositions and peculiar postures. Unlike many birds, Linnies typically rest in a near horizontal position with their heads almost in line with their tails. They are generally very calm birds and typically mumble quietly, and their calls are not high-pitched or piercing to the ear.

The lineolated parakeet has mostly green feathering with black and green bars/stripes. However, there are several color mutations found in those offered as pets, such as cobalt, blue, lutino, violet, turquoise, mauve, creamino, cinnamon, golden, pied and silver. In some mutations, the stripes are lighter. Interestingly, budgies and linnies are opposites in regard to their barred feathering. Typically, the younger the budgie, the more barring it will have. With linnies, the barring becomes more pronounced with age.

Temperment: Lineolated parakeets have a reputation for being enthusiastic bathers, whether that is bath time offered via a shallow bowl of water or in the shower with you. Lineolated parakeets chatter, but their decibel level is said to be dialed down a bit. Linnies, like budgies, are capable of mimicking human speech and can be good talkers. Lineolated parakeets are more inclined to walk over to change perch spots. This “walk to get where they want to go” instinct comes in handy when teaching a lineolated parakeet to step up onto your offered hand, which they are said to learn rather effortlessly. That’s not to say that linnies don’t like movement. They like to navigate their environment and will appreciate natural branches to move about on. Linnies are popular as pets because of their quiet and even-tempered disposition, and also because many color mutations are available. Blue, cobalt, turquoise, mauve, lutino, creamino, cinnamon, golden, pied, silver and violet birds are all bred across the world. Their average lifespan is about 10 years, but individual birds have been known to live up to 15 years. They are talented mimics of human speech.

Sexing:Obvious differences between the sexes cannot be found. Linnies should be DNA tested using feathers, egg shell or blood drops. Some breeders suggest that the feather markings of the female are weaker altogether, the shoulder mark and the black tips of the tail feathers are paler, smaller or totally missing. Also the top sides of the tail feathers, which show an about 5 cm wide black tip at the females, as the safest distinguishing feature. In contrast, the male should have this black coloration up to the upper tail coverts. There also is the method of touching the pelvic bone as it is done for example with Cockatiels and Love Birds, but you need a lot of experience to do this. With a sexually mature female the pelvic bone is more wider-set than a males. To be sure you really must have a DNA test done.

Color/Mutations: AKA: Linnies / Barred Parakeet / Catherine Parakeet / Katharinasittiche / Bolborhynchus lineola

Common colors are mainly greens (olive, dark), cobalt, turquoise, grey (also known as mauve), and yellow (or lutino). Dilutes are also available, which generally mark the presence of lighter colors and lighter stripes.


Diet: Parakeet Seed/ high-quality seed and pellet mix. Fruits and vegetables.

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