Fun Barred Parakeet Facts For Kids

Chandrayan Choudhury
Oct 20, 2022 By Chandrayan Choudhury
Originally Published on Aug 06, 2021
Edited by Monisha Kochhar
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With a round head, small body, and radiant color, the Lineolated parakeet (Bolborhynchus lineola) inhibits the evergreen forest and mountains of the American continents (North America, Central America, South America). The barred parakeet, also known as Lineolated parakeets, has other names such as the Catherine Parakeet and the Linnie.

Linnies are small parrot birds of different colors but mostly green (actually, the natural color of this bird is green). Their back is of dark green color with black stripe or bars on it, while the ventral body is of an olive color with black spots near the small pointed dark green tail.

Their eyes are of vibrant brown color, horn-colored beak, and light pink claws. Their beak is usually curved like other parrots.

Linnies grow to a length of 6.5 in (16 cm) and can weigh up to 2 oz (52 g).

Linnies have a calm temper and are very friendly towards humans, and these qualities make them excellent pets also. This bird species sometimes has health problems, so it is very important to give them enough attention.

The barred parakeet's life span is estimated between 10-15 years. The lifespan of the pet birds also depends on the amount of care and attention they get.

These bird species have different color mutations. The common color mutations are blue, yellow, violet, cinnamon, mauve, turquoise.

In this Kidadl article below, we will learn about some barred parakeet interesting facts and fun facts. If you are someone who enjoys reading articles on bird facts, then check out these amazing hawk facts and song thrush facts. Now let's get to the facts list.

Barred Parakeet Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a barred parakeet?

Almost 6.3 in (16 cm) long, barred parakeets are bird species found in the forests from southern Mexico to Panama and surrounding areas.

What class of animal does a barred parakeet belong to?

The barred parakeet bird, commonly known as Linnies, belong to the class Aves, phylum Chordata, family Psittacidae. The binomial name for this bird species is Bolborhynchus lineola.

How many barred parakeets are there in the world?

Due to their widespread population, the exact population of these birds is still unknown. However, these small love birds can be found free in the wild as well as pets in a lot of houses.

Where does a barred parakeet live?

The lineolated parakeet population is widespread in the American continents because they are kept as pets. They can be found in their natural habitat ranging from southern Mexico forests to Panama, the Andes mountain, Santa Marta Mountains, Venezuelan Coastal Range, and places around.

What is a barred parakeet's habitat?

Lineolated parakeets live in high forests up to an elevation of around 10498.7 ft (3200 m) above sea level. They build their nest in the high trees and spend the day near the grounds. Linnies can withstand heavy temperature fall as well. In winters, they can be seen taking snow baths and playing and chirping in the snow.  

Who does a barred parakeet live with?

The lineolated parakeet is a social bird. They can be found in a group of 5-35 birds. They are calm-natured organisms who are well known for their weird poses. Their charming appearance makes them an ideal pet. They love the company of humans.

How long does a barred parakeet live?

According to different studies, a barred parakeet has an average lifespan of 10-15 years.

How do they reproduce?

Linnies are social birds and live in groups. In the breeding season, the female barred parakeet birds lay three to eight eggs generally. After repeated mating, the females conceive. Then after conceiving, she lays an egg within 30 hours. And thereafter, she keeps laying an egg after every two days.

What is their conservation status?

According to different census and population counts, the population of Lineolated parakeet status lies under the category of Least Concern. The population of these lovely birds is stable and thriving in the American Continents.

Barred Parakeet Fun Facts

What does a barred parakeet look like?

Lineolated parakeets are very colorful small parrots. Lineolated parakeets are naturally green in color. The back of their body has dark green feathers and have black stripes on them.

The front side is slightly olive-colored. There is a display of blue color in the interior of the wings while the shoulder remains black. These birds have their body covered with soft feathers.

And to compliment it, they have beautiful wings, a small pointed tail. The tail is surrounded by black spots. There are also a lot of color variants available for this species.

Barred Parakeet

How cute are they?

Lineolated parakeets are kept as pets because of their tranquil temper and immense cuteness. They have small bodies with beautiful wings. The Linnie, being one of the smartest parrots, can make different sounds that are very cute to hear. They are cute but very tiny, so you can't cuddle with them.

How do they communicate?

Lineolated parakeets are not loud birds. They communicate through their shrill yet pleasant sound. Parrot species known for their advanced brain know how to make sounds of different pitches and tones which enables them to talk and so they are also well known for imitating sounds. A happy bird tends to imitate the sound it hears.

How big is a barred parakeet?

Linnies are very small parrots and can easily fit into your palms. Linnies grow to a length of around 6.3 in (16 cm), weighing up to 2 oz (56.7 g).

Linnies are very delicate pet birds because of their small size and for the amount of care they require. Linnies are smaller parrots compared to the military macaw, who are four to five times bigger.

How fast can a barred parakeet fly?

The Linnie being a small bird, is very agile. It lives around 10498.7 ft (3200 m) above sea level in the forests, so it can be considered that it can fly high in the air. The exact flight speed of a barred parakeet has never been measured.

How much does a barred parakeet weigh?

Lineolated parakeets are little bird-like sparrows and do not weigh much. Their weigh count is generally between 1.5-2 oz (42.5-56.7 g).

What are the male and female names of the species?

There is no specific name given to the gender binary. Even males and females do not differ in their morphology. From seeing them, one can not easily say which one is the male and which one is the female. It is said that males have more black stripes on their backs.

What would you call a baby barred parakeet?

Baby parakeets or baby parrots are called chicks.

What do they eat?

Lineolated parakeets are omnivores. They have a balanced diet, and these birds derive their food from both plants and insects. They are not proper predators. They just live in the trees and hunt insects and insect larvae. Lineolated parakeets also love eating seeds, vegetables, fruits. Seeds being their most favorite food.

Are they poisonous?

No, the lineolated parakeet is not poisonous. But some foods exist that are definitely poisonous to them such as chocolates and mushrooms.

Would they make a good pet?

. Having the company of a parakeet feels great. Their pleasant sound relieves stress. However, keeping a lineolated parakeet as a pet is quite a tough job for people who never had a pet bird before.

Lineolated parakeets are social birds, so it is important to keep them in groups. Keeping parakeets alone can affect their health. Lone parakeets may even die of loneliness. It is important to provide them with a big fresh cage with good toys in it in order to keep them happy.

Please check local laws and regulations regarding these parakeets as pets as in many States and countries these animals are illegal to be kept as pets.

Did you know...

'Linnies' is the short form of 'lineolated' parakeet.

They are not actually considered predators because, for meat, they only eat insects and insect larvae. Most of the time, they eat seeds, fruits, and other plant-based things.

They are known for the weird poses they make when they sit. They often rest in a nearly horizontal position which seems funny and adorable at the same time.

How much is a barred parakeet?

They have no fixed price. Still, you can search the web or search in local bird shops. The lineolated parakeet has a normal range of $100-$400. If you do not want to buy one, then you can get one from adoption agencies if available.

Do lineolated parakeets talk?

Yes, the lineolated parakeet can talk. Not clearly, but with a squeaky kind of sound. They are well known for mimicking sounds. They tend to mimic the voice of the person they have spent the most time with.

The male barred parakeet is known to be more vocal compared to the female. Barred parakeets are fast learners and are very attentive towards their owners. So it's a good decision to have a couple of these parakeets as pets.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! For more relatable content, check out our painted bunting facts and shrike facts for kids pages.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable barred parakeet coloring pages.

Barred parakeet Facts

What Did They Prey On?

Seeds, fruits, vegetables, insect larvae

What Type of Animal were they?


Average Litter Size?

3-8 eggs

How Much Did They Weigh?

1.5-2 oz (42.5-56.7 g)

What habitat Do they Live In?

ground, forests, mountains

Where Do They Live?

mexico, Panama, andes mountain, santa marta mountains, venezuelan coastal range.

How Long Were They?

6.3 in (16 cm)

How Tall Were They?








Scientific Name

Bolborhynchus lineola

What Do They Look Like?

Dark green, olive green, blue

Skin Type


What Are Their Main Threats?

habitat destruction

What is their Conservation Status?

Least Concern

mexico Panama andes mountain santa marta mountains venezuelan coastal range.

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Written by Chandrayan Choudhury

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English Language and Literature

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Skilled content writer Chandrayan has a passion for producing compelling and engaging content. With an excellent command of the English language and a talent for research and proofreading, Chandrayan has honed his skills through years of experience in the industry. Chandrayan is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in English Language and Literature from Tripura University, demonstrating his dedication to the craft of writing. 

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