|Common Name||Lineolated Parakeet, Linnie, Barred Parakeet|
|Latin Name||Bolborhynchus lineola|
|Average Lifespan||15+ Years|
|Average Length||6 Inches|
|Average Weight||47 - 55 grams|
|Song Type||Quiet, Repetitive Notes|
Noise Level & Talking Ability
Linnies are typically quiet birds, but can have moments where they try to be noisy. It is important to note "try", even at their peak volume these birds are still pretty quiet. The noises linnies make are very cute, kind of like a warbling-peep. They bond very strongly, so contact calling is common when their owner is not in sight. Linnies can learn to talk and mimic.
Lineolated parakeets are stocky parakeets. They are mostly green, with the belly being a lighter shade than the head, wings, back, and tail. The birds have black markings on their wings, flanks, and tails. It is said that male linnies have more black markings than females. The tail is pointed, but short compared to most other parakeets. They are fairly round bodied birds, and have been noted to walk and climb whenever possible over flying. The beak is light, sometimes with a dark coloured tip. The feet and legs are pinkish, nails often dark. The iris is brown in mature individuals.
Lineolated parakeets are bred in a variety of colour mutations now, and can range from turquoise, to creamy white, to yellow in colour. The overall shape and physique remains the same between any two mutations, just the colour and pattern vary.
Linnies are gentle-natured birds and make excellent pets for families with younger children. They are very entertaining pets and loved by all ages and experience levels. They can be trained to do some tricks, and are always ready for affection. They tend to be pretty laid back and are a "go-with-the-flow" more than a "trail-blazer" type of personality. These birds bond very strongly and like all pet birds require at least a couple hours of attention per day. These little parrots are full of antics, and enjoy running around playing with rattle balls and similar foot toys. Read more...
A Linnie's main diet should be pellet and fresh foods such as vegetables, grains, herbs, and some fruit. Seeds can be fed as part of the diet but are not the healthiest option and so they should not be free-fed constantly. Sprouting your seeds is an excellent way to increase the nutrient value they provide. If your Linnie is not on a pellet diet, it is important to supplement with fresh fruits and veggies and other enrichment foods as most seed mixes do not include the vitamins and minerals that a pellet does. Linnies are possibly more prone to vitamin A deficiency than some other species, and it is important to take this into account when feeding your bird.
Linnies do best in a cage that’s a minimum of about 3-4 sqft base size, and benefit from time outside of the cage to interact and bond with you. A variety of toys allows your bird to entertain itself while you are away. Destructible toys, plastic and metal toys, and audible toys like bells can all be incorporated keeping in mind that every bird is different and may not like some of the toys you provide. Perches are also important as Linnies tend to walk and climb more than they fly. Rope perches, natural wood, and ladders are all great options for your Linnie’s cage. Linnies’ nails grow quite fast, so it is a good idea to have a cement perch to help sand down the nails so that grooming doesn't have to be done as often. Cement perches are best used near the food dish. It is important that the cement perch is NOT the highest perch in the cage.
|Age of Maturity||9 Months|
|Breeding Aviculture||Fairly Common|
|Average Clutch Size||4 - 6 Eggs|
|Nest Box||8"x 10"x 10"|
|Breeding Life||8 - 10 Years|
Horizontal nest boxes are preferred, but Linnies have used vertical nest boxes as well. For vertical boxes, 7"L x 7 1/8"W x 8 1/2"H is common and for horizontal boxes, 9 3/8" L x 6 1/8 " W x 6 3/8" H is often used. The best nesting material for Linnies is shavings. The reason for this is that their nails grow so fast that using softer nesting material can be hazardous as they may get tangled in it. Linnies start breeding in the spring but if you keep them in a warm environment with good lighting, they will breed all year. Linnies lay each egg every 24-48 hours. Incubation begins after the second egg has been laid. Incubation lasts 18-24 days, babies fledge at 5-7 weeks old, and usually wean between 8 and 10 weeks. It has been said that linnies can be bred in colony settings.
Stable - Least Concern
Last assessed October 2016 for IUCN Red List
- Our website has an abundance of information about species, behaviour, talking ability, and ownership essentials you may need to begin. This is a great place to start narrowing down your search for the bird best suited for your family. Once you have researched various bird species and narrowed down your choices, please contact us via phone or email to create an appointment to meet the birds and ask any questions you may have in regards to care, nutrition, and the best fit for your home.
- We will set up a date and time for you to meet the bird(s). We will notify you of our current protocols and procedures. If you have decided on a specific bird, we recommend that you put a deposit on it. Birds will not be held without a minimum 50% deposit. If you put down a deposit before meeting the bird and after meeting the bird decide it is not a good fit, we can refund your the deposit in full. If you are placing a deposit prior to meeting a bird, your appointment to meet the bird must be within the following week.
- If you are meeting a bird(s) that is not weaned, you will not be able to take the bird home that same day. If you are meeting a bird that is weaned, and you are properly prepared to have the new bird in your home, we will go over a care sheet and answer any questions you have during your appointment. If that is too soon, and your home is not ready, you can book a pick-up appointment within the following week. Again, to reserve a bird you must put down at least a 50% deposit or payment in full.
- When your bird is weaned and ready to go home you will receive an email with the following information
• A link to our care sheet in printable PDF form.
• A link to book a timeslot for your care sheet / bird pick-up.
• A link to the food your bird is eating as well as toys, treats, and other essential items to start your new adventure!
- Read the care sheet, write down any questions you have, ensure you’ve got the correct food and a proper variety of toys and perches, as well as a suitable cage. Then book your pick-up appointment! Please show up within 5 minutes of the appointment start time. If you have a carrier for your new bird, feel free to bring it. We can provide a travel box if needed.
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Before You Buy
We offer a seven-day health guarantee on our handfed birds. A mandatory educational care sheet will be gone over at time of purchase. You must provide your bird with suitable shelter, food, water, vitamins and minerals from time of purchase.
We suggest that within three days (72 hours) of purchase, you bring your bird to an avian vet for a complete examination. This is at the cost of the pet owner. Should any health problem occur or be discovered, inform us IMMEDIATELY, with a written report otherwise the health guarantee is void. Any veterinary fees at this point need to be cleared by Exotic Wings & Pet Things Inc.
The health guarantee does not apply if there is another bird in your home that was not purchased from Exotic Wings & Pet Things Inc. or if the bird leaves the store unclipped.
We cannot guarantee the gender or temperament of your bird. Our handfed birds are tame but may take some time to adjust to their new surroundings. The more time is spent socializing with your pet bird after they have settled into your household, the better your relationship with your pet will be. After the seven day period any warranty will be at the discretion of Exotic Wings & Pet Things Inc.