Top 10 Parakeet Species

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Older spellings that are still used sometimes are paroquet or paraquet.

A parakeet is any small to medium-sized species of parrot, in multiple genera. Not all parrots are parakeets and larger species are usually called parrots (macaws, amazons) but the parrot/parakeet debate is quite confusing because of the terminology mess.

Parakeets of all varieties generally have long tail feathers, high intelligence and extremely social nature.
Some of the birds on this list are great vocal imitators and some people learned that the hard way when heard their pets swearing, haha.

The Top Ten

1 Budgerigar (Shell Parakeet) Budgerigar (Shell Parakeet) The budgerigar, also known as the common pet parakeet or shell parakeet and informally nicknamed the budgie, is a small, long-tailed, seed-eating parrot.

(aka Australian budgerigar, or simply "budgie").
It's probably the most common parakeet and the third most popular pet in the world, after cats and dogs. Budgerigars are loved mainly because they can be easily trained and are great companions for any age. They learn to talk quite well and some of them develop vocabularies consisting of hundreds of words. They are cute and comical, and they can learn tricks, too. Also, they are quieter than most of their cousins and they don't require much space because they are small. They are easy to care for. - Metal_Treasure

Remind me of the band Budgie. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

2 Monk Parakeet (Quaker Parrot) Monk Parakeet (Quaker Parrot)

(other common names: Quaker Parakeet, Monk Parrot, Green Parakeet, Grey-Breasted Parakeet, Montevideo Parakeet)

They are a very popular pet because of their charming and comical personalities and their willingness to learn human speech. Their talking ability is exceptional. - Metal_Treasure

3 Carolina Parakeet Carolina Parakeet

It was declared extinct in 1939 - the last known specimen perished in captivity was in 1918 at the Cincinnati Zoo, and the last confirmed sighting in the wild was in 1910. Carolina Parakeet was one of only two parrots native to the US (the other being the thick-billed parrot).

Fun fact: this parakeet was probably poisonous - cats died from eating them (probably) because the birds ate the toxic seeds of cockleburs. - Metal_Treasure

4 Jandaya Parakeet Jandaya Parakeet

"Conure" is a term used for small to medium-sized parakeets endemic mainly to South America.

Jendays have been a popular pet for many years. They are intelligent, playful, loving (love you back), affectionate, and very cuddly - they often enjoy a ride on people's shoulders or inside their shirt. They generally love to be petted and will bow their head. While some birds become attached to a single person, jendays usually accept everyone in the family as members of their flock.

Most jendays don't typically "speak" but they can mimic human speech and other common household noises such as telephones, doorbells and microwaves. - Metal_Treasure

5 Rose-Ringed Parakeet Rose-Ringed Parakeet

It's a popular pet that have the ability to mimic human speech. They have a long history in aviculture - the ancient Greeks kept an Indian subspecies and the ancient Romans kept an African subspecies. - Metal_Treasure

6 Nanday Parakeet Nanday Parakeet

It's a medium-sized parakeet (a foot long) that loves learning fun tricks to entertain you. It can also learn several words and short phrases. But they are highly vocal and not quiet. - Metal_Treasure

7 Mitred Parakeet Mitred Parakeet

They are comical and they can also become good talkers but they aren't the best pet for a beginner - mitred parakeets are loud, need more attention and scream if attention is denied, and can get nippy. They aren't suitable for an apartment dweller with nearby neighbors or for a family with small children. - Metal_Treasure

8 Dusky-Headed Parakeet Dusky-Headed Parakeet

(also known as Weddell's conure or dusky conure in aviculture).
They do well in captivity. They are clownish, like most conures, and they are quiet, compared to other conure species. - Metal_Treasure

9 Sun Parakeet Sun Parakeet

Sun Parakeet (Sun Conure) is an endangered species native to Brazil. - Metal_Treasure

10 Golden-Capped Parakeet Golden-Capped Parakeet

It is threatened by habitat loss. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Yellow-Chevroned Parakeet Yellow-Chevroned Parakeet
12 White-Winged Parakeet White-Winged Parakeet
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