October 07, 2020

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You love your pet parakeet like a member of the family.

Let’s be honest, your parakeet IS a member of your family. The thing is they don’t express themselves the same way we do, or even the same way other pets communicate. Pet birds, specifically parakeets, have a unique way of communicating that they are happy or sick, playful, or scared.

Use these tips below to better understand how your pet parakeet is feeling and what their behavior means. 


Parakeets are one of the most vocal birds in the parrot family. A happy parakeet will typically be tweeting a song, talking, or even mimicking sounds they hear often. 

  • Talking
    Parakeets are able to talk using words that they’ve heard. Some have been known to learn hundreds of words from their owners. They don’t speak as clearly as larger birds like Macaws. With some patience, it can be fun to teach your pet parakeet to talk. The key is repetition! Similar to teaching a baby how to talk, repeat words back to your bird as they try to copy you. Say the words clearly and often, and before you know it, you might get a “Hello” back! Parakeets will talk as a sign of affection and attentiveness for their owners. Male birds typically learn quicker and talk with more frequency and clarity than female birds, but both are very capable. 
  • Whistling
    Similar to talking, whistling is a sign of a happy, healthy bird. Birds can be taught to whistle, but it is recommended to teach your bird to whistle after teaching them how to talk. This is because whistling is easier and more fun for them, which might eliminate the desire to learn words.
  • Screaming
    Parakeets are noisy birds when it comes to whistles, talking, and daily chitter-chatter. Screaming on the other hand, is not a typical behavior of parakeets. Some parakeets might let out a light scream once in a while, but if you hear what sounds like a genuine scream from your bird, there might be something wrong. This could indicate fear, pain, or distress. 

Parakeet Feathers

  • Plucking Feathers
    Parakeets that have plucked their feathers out are communicating a problem. If you notice patches or your bird chewing on its feathers, it could be a sign of boredom, a skin condition, an allergy or an illness. Contact your vet if you observe these issues.
  • Feather Loss (Molting)
    Parakeets will lose their feathers once or twice a year as a way of replacing old feathers. This will occur gradually and naturally, not in patches. You will notice more feathers on the bottom of their habitats or see the pinfeathers emerging from between their existing feathers. To help your bird through molting, provide them some protein in their diet with Kaytee Forti-Diet Pro Health Egg-cite Parakeet Food.
  • Wing Flapping
    Birds will try to communicate with their owners by wing flapping. This is also a sign of contentment when a parakeet stands on its perch and flaps its wings.


Budgie Wing

Parakeet Sleeping Patterns

  • Sleeping Position
    A healthy sleeping position for a parakeet includes their head tucked into their neck or their head resting on their back. They will be perched on one foot with the other tucked into its belly. 

Please Note: All birds are unique. Some behaviors may indicate something other than what is typical. It is important to keep your bird safe and healthy by watching for irregular activity and taking your bird to regular vet check ups.


Pet Parakeet