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Okay. Well, my suggestion stands. I'd look into getting her a hand-raised lineolated parakeet, male if possible. I find males, ... of a demand. I love my pair of linnies and don't regret for one second adding them to my flock.

Thanks for that. Any idea how they do as lone pets?
Okay. Well, my suggestion stands. I'd look into getting her ... don't regret for one second adding them to my flock.

Thanks for that. Any idea how they do as lone pets?

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Not sure about that one, as I have a pair. With lots of TLC, daily interaction with its owner, time out of the cage, plenty of toys, I believe a single bird would do perfectly fine. In fact, a single bird might bond even more closely as it would look upon its owner as its mate. This, I would imagine, goes for any bird kept as a single pet. The worst thing anyone could do is stick a bird (budgie, lovebird, parrotlet ... anything) in a cage and basically ignore it or do the minimum such as changing water and seed.
All companion animals thrive on relationships with their owners. I believe it's the best way to have your pet bond with you .. daily communication, hands-on interaction, making the pet a true part of one's family. This way people and pets get the maximum happiness out of the relationship.

Linda
I've just been reading about Bourke's Parakeets on the web - they seem like the sort of bird my nan might be interested in (supposedly quiet, docile and easy to tame). Anyone had experience with them?

Phil,
I have a handfed male Rosy Bourke who is a super pet - and very beautiful. He is curious and playful, loves to be with me and very quiet. He will twitter softly to come out of his cage. When you say "easy to tame", I would strongly suggest you get a handfed baby which will already be tame. I have other Bourkes which are parent raised. Although they are gentle, peaceful birds, they have never bonded to me the way Alfie has. I think it is more difficult to make a bonded pet out of a parent raised Bourke but it may be possible. I just don't know.
Janet Levy
Okay. Well, my suggestion stands. I'd look into getting her a hand-raised lineolated parakeet, male if possible.

Great suggestion, Linda. My linnies are my favorite birds ever after my ekkie. I just hesitated to recommend them in terms of being quiet because they can call quite loudly when they want your attention - kind of a tiel call. But in general, they are very quiet birds. My Maggie can say all kinds of human words. She loves to cuddle and just be attached to me all the time, yet she can also be OK just playing with the other linnies or with her toys. They are just super birds - highly intelligent and adorable. They are very calm, as you say - quite different from my budgies. My Bourke lives with the linnies and they all get along fine.

Janet Levy
Aren't they cute little birds? Linnies are bigger than budgies, longer and chunkier ... more like a cockatiel in size, I would think.

Linda,
I would disagree with you on the size. I have some good sized linnies and they are similar in size to my English budgies - about 50-60 grams. Tiels are larger birds - more like 90-100 grams.
Janet Levy
Aren't they cute little birds? Linnies are bigger than budgies, longer and chunkier ... more like a cockatiel in size, I would think.

Linda, I would disagree with you on the size. I have some good sized linnies and they are similar in size to my English budgies - about 50-60 grams. Tiels are larger birds - more like 90-100 grams. Janet Levy

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Thanks for correcting me on this one, Janet. Now when I see a picture of a cockatiel in my mind's eye and look at Sierra and Savannah, there is definitely a big difference in size. Linnies are smaller than tiels, but not delicate like budgies.
I also stand corrected, as far as their call goes. You're right in saying linnies can be a little loud. I guess it's because I have so many different species inhabiting my bird room, that sometimes they all drown each other out. When the linnies get excited, their call can be a little on the loud side ... not loud like my quaker, but still I can most definitely hear them. However, I don't find it grates on my nerves like my lovebirds or quaker.
On a personal note, I want to thank you again, Janet, for sharing your stories about your lineolated parakeets with me. You were the inspiration .. getting me very interested in these captivating birds. I can't tell you how much I enjoy them.

Linda