The Lineolated Parakeet (Linnie) is a small parrot, only growing to be about 6-7 inches long, and weight from 45-60 grams. Linnies come in many different colors such as: green, dark green, olive, turquoise, cobalt, mauve/slate, lutino and creamino. A Linnies coloring in some cases can also appear to be faded out, and when this appearance is present that means the bird is carrying a mutation called edged/dilute. This mutation can build up in the male birds, meaning if a boy is a double factor edged it will have an even more washed out coloring compared to just a single factor edged bird; but the single factor is still faded compared to a bird without this mutation. The mutation for the females on the other hand always gives the more extreme faded appearance, therefore the color will look like a male double factor. And so with all these different colorings as well as possible mutations to the coloring, Linnies really do come in many different looks.
Perhaps the best thing about a Linnie is their personality. Linnies really tend to be quite the clowns! They love to swing, jump, run, hang upside down, borrow, hide and anything else that seems crazy and exciting to them. They are a bird that really does love to play with toys, especially the crazier toys they can destroy, hang from or hide in. Flying really isn’t what Linnies are known for being good at, but rather they are ground feeders. Don’t get me wrong though, a Linnie still can and does fly. Linnies usually do crawl/run/scurry to get around rather then fly, and for this reasons they prefer cages that are longer rather than taller. When they aren’t acting like a class clown they are very docile, calm and gentle little birds.
Linnies typically aren’t very loud either, which makes them even a good pet choice for those living in apartments. The only times when they are known to get louder is when there is something exciting going on, and even then usually their chirps only last for a couple of minutes. The really cool thing about Linnies is they have an amazing capability for speech. Spend the right amount of time with you Linnie on some words and phrases and they’ll be talking quite well in no time! Both the females and males can learn to speak.
A Linnies is also known for its love of showers. If you mist your Linnie with a spray bottle of water they just go crazy! They absolutely love it. They can get quite comical while they are being sprayed as well, flapping their wings, laying down, chasing you, hanging upside down or in weird positions to get fully wet.
This little bird typically lives to be about ten years old, but there are many exemplars living to be closer to 15 years. Their diet should consume of a good pellet. Then as well fresh fruits and vegetables should be given to this little bird. Most green leaved vegetables such as kale, corn, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, collard greens and turnip greens are a favorite. Then fruits like cut up banana, apples, oranges or apricots usually tend to be liked. You can also feed your Linnie eggs (scrambled or boiled) as a good source of calcium and protein. There are many different foods that your Linnie can have, but just make sure to always research if it’s alright or not if you aren’t sure! Some foods will kill these little birds such as: chocolate, apple seeds, onions, alcohol, mushrooms, tomato leaves, salt, caffeine and dried beans.
Even though a Linnie is a small bird they still are a commitment and need your time and love. Linnies nails grow quickly and tend to curl when over grown. This can become a great hazard to this little bird as they can get caught up on cage wires and in toys, therefore regular nail trimming is required. Their pellet food, fresh food and of course water needs to be changed daily. As well these little guys should have their cage cleaned close to every other day to ensure it doesn’t get too dirty. A Linnie needs a cage big enough to play around in with appropriate toys. Also a they are not to be owned as just decoration! Linnies should have lots of human interaction. They are loving little birds that can get sad and lonely without companionship. Linnies get along very well with other Linnes. They love to cuddle in tents together!