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The information listed below is what I have gathered from the internet, friends, and my own interaction with the lineolated parakeets. I am not a professional on linnies, nor am I a breeder, but I did want to share what I know about these lovely, gentle and exciting birds for one very important reason: I love them! They have tugged at my heart strings from the minute I saw a linnie. I want the very best for all linnies, and plan to share what I can with you. You can find out more about how I got started with lineolated parakeets in the Linnie Life section here.
If you think you would enjoy living with a Lineolated Parakeet check out our breeders list or join one of the following Lineolated Parakeet Yahoo Groups: Lineolated Parakeet Yahoo Group or the Linnie Lovers Yahoo Group here. Learn everything possible about these precious birds before you make your purchase.
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The Lineolated Parakeet (Bolborhynchus lineola)
The Lineolated Parakeet, often referred to as Linnies, are lovable little parrots. They are known as the "lineolated" parakeet for the striped lines found on their back feathers as seen here.
The lineolated parakeet is about the size of a parrotlet, 6 to 7 inches long, with a short tail and large black eyes. One of the more interesting facts on linnies is the way that they walk. They turn almost parallel to the perch and put one foot in front of the other. They are not big time flyers. They climb up and down their cage using the cage bars, and spend time on the floor of the cage playing with small toys. They are very inquisitive and can use their foot to pick up their toys just like big parrots do.
The linnies come in many beautiful colors: green, olive, turquoise, cobalt, lutino, creamino, and mauve. You can see a few of these color mutations in the photo gallery. The linnie does lean forward while on their perch, as opposed to other parrots which stand up tall.
The Linnie parakeet are known for their soft chirps and seem to be less vocal than budgies. The make rapid short sounds and even make a "purring" sound. On occasion, you are reminded that they are very much a parrot by their infrequent loud call. My birds have only made this loud call when they hear the lawn mower outside. For those of you looking for a more quiet, small, cuddly, and curious parakeet, the Linnie is for you!
Since they are very active, they require a large cage - the wider the better. They may be small but they love to walk about the bottom of the cage and inspect their toys from every angle. My suggestion is a cage size of at least 20" x 20". Please be sure to get a cage with ½ inch cage bars. It is suggested that their toys be changed frequently or be put in a different location of the cage to keep the Linnies interest. Like other parrots, they are able to pick up the toys with their foot, so foot toys can be very entertaining to them. You can find some of these foot toys in the Shop page of this web site. Some of my favorite Online Parrot Stores are listed in the Links page for your review.
Please give your linnie some supervised time outside of the cage. You may want to set up a little play area for them with toys and food. Linnies also love to bathe. I purchased my bird mister from Misty Mate, Inc. which is recommended by Bird Talk Magazine. They will happily hang upside down on their cage while you mist them with water!
When you purchase your Lineolated Parakeet from your breeder, they most probably have already fed them the best line of healthy food available. Hopefully, the linnies have been put on a Pelleted diet along with a mix of parakeet and cockatiel food. Most importantly, your linnie should be given a mix of fruit and vegetable. Some to consider are:
Fruits: apples, pears, mango, melons, squash,
zucchini, & bananas
Vegetables: corn, peas, carrots, zucchini, broccoli, kale, spinach, split peas,
Other: rice, hard boiled egg, pasta, kidney beans
Please do not feed your birds anything high in salt, sugar, and fat. This is just a small list of foods that are toxic to your birds:
- Avocado (leaves, seeds, stem, skin)
- Black-eyed Susan
- Anything with Caffeine
- Holly berries
- Nectarine seeds
- Peach seeds
- Onions (small amount ok)
You can find a more complete list of dangers to your birds here: