Last Updated on April 29, 2023 by Ali Shahid
Green parakeets are commonly found in pet stores and in the wild. Having said that, have you ever seen a blue parakeet? It is well known that parakeets come in a variety of colors. But what about blue parakeets? Are blue parakeets real?
Yes, blue parakeets are real. Blue parakeets are variations of the famous Budgerigar parrot, often called Budgies and Budgerigars. There are two series of colors available for parakeets: green and white. The blue parakeets fall under the white color series of budgies.
Blue feathers result from a mutation that is capable of changing the color of the feathers to sky blue, cobalt blue, or mauve.
The blue parakeet is less common than the green parakeet, but both have similar personalities.
A blue parakeet would be a good choice for someone who is a new bird owner. As with other parakeets, they can mimic and learn new words pretty easily. Read on to learn all about the blue parakeets.
|Brief Overview of Blue Parakeets|
|Colors||Sky-blue, Cobalt Blue, and Mauve|
|Suitable for Children||Yes|
|Cage Size||20 inches in length, 12 inches in depth, and 18 inches in height.|
Origin and History of Blue Parakeet
The blue parakeet is native to Australia, and large flocks still roam the grasslands in large, undulating flocks.
Nomadic wild blue parakeets live in large flocks and are always searching for water in scrublands, their natural habitat.
During the rainy season, they breed in hollowed-out trees or tree limbs when food and water are abundant. In particular, they can pose a threat to grain crops, which can be a nuisance to farmers.
Blue parakeet color and genetics
There’s only one explanation for parakeets’ blue feathers: genetics. There’s a genetic mutation in some parakeets that prevents them from producing yellow pigment. Thus, the Blue Parakeet series was born.
Blue is a white-based color variation and is recessive to green. Depending on its dark factor rating, a parakeet will have a different shade of blue.
- If two parakeets with zero dark factors are paired together, they produce only sky-blue hatchlings.
- Pairing two blue parakeets with dark factors of 1 together will produce 50% cobalt, 25% sky-blue, and 25% mauve hatchlings.
- A pair of birds with a dark factor of 2 will produce mauve baby birds.
When it comes to temperament, parakeets are some of the most gentle and docile you will find. They’re easy to tame, particularly if you bring them home at a young age.
You may want to consider keeping pairs of parakeets since they like to entertain each other and can keep each other company.
Just keep in mind that if you decide to keep parakeets in groups, they may not bond quite well with their owners or learn how to speak quite as easily.
Otherwise, budgies are friendly, active, playful – and quieter than many other types of parrots. This makes the species a good compromise if you want the friendliness, sociability, and beauty of a parrot – but perhaps without quite all that noise!
Do blue parakeets talk?
The blue parakeet is an excellent, talkative little bird. They will sing and talk loudly when they are feeling particularly happy. Moreover, they are capable of mimicking human speech as well.
In addition to mimicking human speech, blue parakeets can mimic other sounds. If your parakeet hears enough creaking doors, squeaking chairs, and the sound of text messages on a phone, he or she will also make these sounds.
In general, males speak better than females, but females can also whistle well and learn a few words.
Caring for blue parakeets
In general, a blue parakeet is well adapted to the average household temperature. However, temperatures must not fall below 65°F or rise above 80°F, and extreme temperature changes must be avoided.
In general, cages should have at least 20 inches of length, 12 inches of depth, and 18 inches of height. For your bird’s safety, the cage bars should be spaced no more than half an inch apart to prevent escapes.
The horizontal cage bars provide the best opportunity for climbing and exercising. Ideally, the cage should be located in a well-lit, draft-free area out of reach of other animals and off the floor.
Toxic metals, such as lead, zinc, lead-based paint, or galvanized parts, should not be placed in your bird’s habitat or toys. The bird must have at least four long and 3/8″-diameter perches to exercise its feet and prevent pressure sores.
On the other hand, a metal grate will prevent droppings from falling onto the habitat bottom and keep it cleaner. Paper-based products can be used to line the bottom of the cage to simplify cleanup and minimize dust.
If you have more than one parakeet in a single habitat, provide multiple feeding stations so they do not compete. Food and water containers should not be placed directly under perches to prevent contamination.
There should be sufficient space in the water dish for the parakeets to bathe. For healthy plumage, mist birds gently once or twice a week with a plant mist.
As blue parakeets are very intelligent, they require a variety of toys to enrich their lives and stimulate their minds. Otherwise, they become bored and begin feather-picking. Be certain to rotate toys regularly to avoid boredom.
Despite their large cages, they need time outside to play and fly. If you are concerned about the safety of your blue parakeet, get its wings trimmed.
The blue parakeet eats seeds and vegetation in the wild. Knowing this can assist you in providing a similar diet for your pet. It is fine to feed your bird seed, but it is not the only source of food.
To maintain a healthy diet, blue parakeets require seeds, fruits, and vegetables. Broccoli, carrots, apples, cucumbers, and other fruits and vegetables are common parakeet favorites. Blue parakeets require plenty of water to survive.
A parakeet does not just drink from its water dish; it also bathes in it. To maintain a clean environment for your bird, you should change the water twice daily (clean and filtered).
In my experience, a well-balanced diet for parakeets includes:
- 60–70% of the diet should consist of pelleted food specially formulated for parakeets. Additionally, fresh vegetables, fruits, and fortified seeds should be consumed from time to time.
It’s not a good idea to feed avocados, fruit seeds, chocolate, caffeine, or alcohol to blue parakeets, as they’re toxic. Avoid high-fat and high-salt foods.
Blue parakeet health issues
Although blue parakeets are relatively healthy birds, they can still have some health problems like other parrots.
Goiters are common, and they are commonly caused by a deficiency of iodine. If you provide your bird with too many seeds and not enough fruits and vegetables, a tumor may develop.
Parrot fever is another disease that may affect parakeets. The condition is caused by bacteria and requires treatment by a veterinarian. In addition, scaly mites are a common problem.
However, you should contact a vet before bringing your parakeet home if you have any concerns.
This will allow you to provide your parakeet with the medical attention it requires in the event of a medical emergency.
A blue parakeet requires several hours of free flight each day in a safe environment. A variety of toys is essential for the exercise and mental stimulation of your parakeet.
The toys should be rotated at least once a month to ensure that they do not grow bored with them.
Blue parakeet lifespan
A blue parakeet has an average lifespan of seven to ten years. As long as they are well cared for and live in a happy, loving environment, they will live a long time. Good nutrition is also important for a long and healthy life for your blue parakeet.
Where to adopt or buy a blue parakeet
The charming appearance of blue parakeets makes them highly sought-after pets. You can get them for $100 to $300 at pet shops. They can even be purchased from shelters or rescue organizations for a much more affordable price.
Blue parakeets are available from reputable pet stores such as Omarexotic, Petco, and TheBirdShop. In addition, if you are interested in adopting a blue parakeet, you should contact organizations such as Mickaboo and PetFinder.
Make sure the bird you are looking for is active, bright, and alert. Ideally, feathers should be smooth and shiny, as well as lying flat against the body. Ensure that the vent is clean, dry, and free of feces.
In addition, the feet should be smooth, the nails and beaks should not be overgrown, and the nostrils should not be covered in feathers.
Ali Shahid is a veterinarian by profession and an animal lover. He loves to give expert opinions about different animals. He has worked in top organization of birds like Bigbird Feed and Poultry Research institute. He loves birds, especially parrots and has great experience in different parrot farms.