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African-Asian Parakeet (Psittacula spp.)

Experience Level: Intermediate

African Asian Parakeet in habitat

Parakeets

Did you know? African and Asian Parakeets, also known as Ringnecked Parakeets, are dimorphic; males have a dark, black band around the neck and in females this is either absent or light gray in color.

Step 1Choosing a Habitat

Housing
• Your Parakeet’s cage must be large enough for your pet to comfortably stretch its wings, climb
and play with toys.

• Minimum cage size is 18x22x24" for smaller species and 32x32x36" for larger species.

Perches
• Place two (A) perches at different heights. Do not place over (B) food bowls. Provide perches
of differing widths, diameters and textures to help keep your pet’s feet healthy.

Cage Placement
• Place your Parakeet’s cage at or below eye level, away from drafts and open windows. Cover the cage at night to prevent drafts.

• Be aware that African and Asian Parakeets are sensitive to smoke, scorched Teflon and strong
odors. The cage should not be placed in the kitchen.

 

Step 2Play and Hide

These items are essential to your pet’s comfort, health and well being.

Toys
(C) Provide at least 2-3 toys (at all times) to keep your pet busy. Foraging toys provide the
additional benefit of a food reward for successful taskcompletion and may also reduce boredom
and/or feather picking behaviors.

T-stand/Playpen
• African and Asian Parakeets enjoy time outside of the cage with these activity centers.

Baths
• Provide a birdbath 2-3 times per week. You can offer a warm water bath or gently mist your pet
with warm water from a clean spray bottle.

 

Step 3Bedding

Types
• Corn cob bedding, aspen, wood pellets or recycled paper products can be used. Cage liners are also appropriate.

Cleaning
• Bedding should be spot cleaned weekly and
completely changed monthly.

 

Traits and Behavior

Social
• African and Asian Parakeets want to interact withPet Parents as much as possible. They require two
hours or more of daily interaction.

Intelligent
• Smart and easily trained, these birds can be taught basic commands such as “step up” onto your hand
and “step down” when putting them back into their cage. This will ensure easier handling.

Noisy
• African and Asian Parakeets can be loud and very noisy, especially at dawn and dusk.

Speaking Ability
• African and Asian Parakeets can mimic human speech with practice.

Messy Eaters
• Your Parakeet will drop a lot of food while eating.

HEALTH
New surroundings and environments can be stressful for pets. Prior to handling your pet, give her 3-4 days to adjust to her new surroundings while monitoring her behavior for any signs of excessive stress or illness.

THINGS TO WATCH FOR
• Decreased appetite; weight loss

• Decreased activity and grooming behavior

• Change in droppings in excess of two days

• Prolonged sitting at the bottom of cage

• Discharge from nose or mouth; sneezing

• Feathers fluffed for prolonged periods of time

If you notice any of the signs described above, speak with a PetSmart store associate or avian veterinarian about the health of your pet.

PETSMART CARES
Pets purchased at PetSmart are part of our exclusive Vet Assured™ program; a program designed by PetSmart veterinarians to help improve the health and well-being of our pets.
The program includes:
• Specific standards our vendors agree to meet in caring for and observing pets for common illnesses.

• Specific standards for in-store pet care.

• The PetSmart Promise: If your pet becomes ill during the initial 14-day period, or if you’re not satisfied for any reason, PetSmart will gladly replace the pet or refund the purchase price. 

 

Parakeet habitat

HEALTH
New surroundings and environments can be stressful for pets. Prior to handling your bird, give her 3-4 days to adjust to her new surroundings while monitoring her behavior for any signs of excessive stress or illness.

THINGS TO WATCH FOR
• Decreased appetite; weight loss • Decreased activity and grooming behavior

• Change in droppings in excess of two days

• Prolonged sitting at the bottom of cage

• Discharge from nose or mouth; frequent sneezing

• Feathers fluffed for prolonged periods of time

If you notice any of the signs described above, speak with a PetSmart associate or your avian veterinarian regarding the health of your pet.

PETSMART CARES
Pets purchased at PetSmart are part of our exclusive Vet Assured™ program; a program designed by PetSmart veterinarians to help improve the health and well-being of our birds.

The program includes:
• Specific standards our vendors agree to meet in caring for and observing pets for common illnesses.

• Specific standards for in-store pet care.

• The PetSmart Promise: If your pet becomes ill during the initial 14-day period, or if you’re not satisfied for any reason, PetSmart will gladly replace the pet or refund the purchase price.