In case you are new to the budgie world and wondering if budgies are parakeets or if they are two different birds, let me just put it straight like this; all budgies are parakeets— but not all parakeets are budgies.

While many people call budgies by their full name, Budgerigars, some refer to them as parakeets. Although none of them are wrong, neither is 100 percent correct, either. Parakeets are of different types and come in a variety of colors, sizes, and shapes.

However, in this post, you are going to learn the different types of parakeets that are and how to distinguish them.

Below, most common type of budgies (parakeets):

  • Budgerigar
  • Monk Parakeet
  • Psittacula Parakeets
  • Plain Parakeets
  • Lineolated or Barred Parakeets
  • Alexandrian Parakeet
  • Moustache/Mustache Parakeet
  • Bourke’s Parakeet
  • Indian Ring-necked Parakeet

1 Budgerigar

Two budgies sitting on a branch.

A Budgerigar, varying from region to region, is often referred as s parakeet, australian parakeet or simply, budgie. This is the kind of parakeet that is usually found in most pet shops.

This busy little bird comes in a variety of colors and personalities. Common budgies have a green body with a black-barred pattern on the head. However, these days, breeders have now come up with a variety of patterns and colors.

Budgies are happy birds that thrive well on stimulation and attention. You can even train your parakeet to say a few words or teach them to complete certain tasks.

2 Monk Parakeet

Two Monk parakeets on a branch.

Also referred as Quaker parakeets, these beautiful birds are very charming and loves to build nests. Originated from South America, some of these lovely birds escaped and established themselves in the US and were very popular pets in the 1960s.

The Monk parakeets are inquisitive birds and great talkers. They enjoy cuddling, head scratching and human interaction.

When in the wild, the Quaker or Monk Parakeets have a habit of building elaborate nests, which is why they are usually particular about their cages when domesticated.

These lovely birds love to arrange items in their cage, be sure to provide enough toys.

3 Psittacula Parakeet

Psittacula Parakeets

This group of parakeets includes lots of different species that originated in Africa and Asia. The Old World Parakeets include the African ring-necked parakeet, Alexandrine parakeet, Indian ring-necked parakeet, and the plum-headed parakeet.

While the Indian ring-necked parakeet can be very affectionate and loving, the Alexandrine parakeet is more like an independent bird that likes being on its own most of the time.

This small plum-headed parakeet can be very playful, but easily gets cold in wet and cold environments. The African ring-necked, on the other hand, requires extra attention to keep them from getting bored.

4 Plain Parakeets

Plain parakeet. Green parakeet on green background.

Don’t be deceived by what their name might suggest, there is nothing dull about the Plain Parakeet. However, they are not as colorful as other types of parakeets; they can make a great companion and can easily brighten your day.

Tiny and adorable, these lovely South American birds will easily captivate you with their sweet and friendly personality. And seeing how inquisitive they are, you will completely fall in love with them.

Although they are not as popular as some of their cousins, the Plain Parakeets are still popular in aviculture, particularly in its homeland.

5 Lineolated or Barred Parakeet

Three small barred parakeets.

Originated from Central and South America. These 6-inch (~15 cm) friendly birds are loved by all parakeet breeders. Even though the original color is green, it is not uncommon to see varying colors that have been developed by breeders.

Because of their small size, bright colors, and quiet voice, these little parakeets have now become one of the most popular pets for homeowners.

Barred Parakeets easily learn to talk and have lots of fun clowning around and hanging upside-down sometimes.

6 Brotogeris Parakeet

Brotogeris Parakeets

White-winged, yellow-chevroned, grey-cheeked, orange-chinned, the Brotogeris are not as common as pets. They originated from South America and usually have their grown up size to be about 8 inches in length. They are usually green in color with varying colors on the chin or wings.

7 Alexandrine Parakeet

The Alexandrine parakeet (also called Alexandrine parrot) is a green-colored parakeet having a red mark around the middle of the outer portion of their wings. They also have a ventrally black and dorsally red band around their neck. Native to Punjab, Pakistan where it is known as “Raw Toota”.

This parakeet is kept as a pet in the house due to its high mimicking abilities. Its food is quite diverse and can eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, and delights. They don’t hesitate to try new foods, please be aware!! There are foods and aliments that may harm these beautiful birds.

8 Moustache Parakeet (or, in American English, Mustache Parakeet)

Its name comes from the distinctive feature of the black line above the beak— which looks like a well-groomed moustache. The Moustache Parakeets love to talk and perch on your shoulder. Originally they are derived from China and the islands of Indonesia, where they live in flocks and may have up to 60 members in a flock.

Along with their “moustache”, they also have a greenish-blue tail and brilliant green and yellow hues on their backs. They can eat fresh foods, however, high-quality commercial pellets are recommended.

9 Bourke’s Parakeet

Bourke’s parakeets are quite stunning due to their shimmering blue, pink and violet shades. The distinguishing feature in this parakeet is the main difference between male and female parakeets (males have a blue band on their eyes while the female doesn’t have). Their food is somewhat related to budgies because they are native to Australia.

Read how to identify the gender of a budgie to learn more about the gender differences.

10 Indian Ring-necked Parakeet

It looks like the Alexandrian parakeet to some extent. The main contrasting feature from its competitor is its smaller size— both Indian and Alexandrine Parakeets are native to India and are eating behaviour is similar.

Ring-necked parakeets are affectionate birds and get emotionally attached to their owners soon. Indian Ring-necked parakeets are very talkative and enjoy to learning new things. Be sure to provide enough toys.

In conclusion, these little birds enjoy chattering a lot and can be very energetic too. Lots of them prefer to be around their owners and can make great watch birds too. Beautiful companions that can call out an alarm when something is wrong :).

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