Most people equate the word “parakeet” with the diminutive green (or blue, yellow, white) little bird with black barring: aka the budgie.
As one becomes more schooled in the world of pet birds, he or she soon discovers that this is a very general term to describe a variety of small- to medium-sized parrots that have long tail feathers. It’s unfortunate that budgies seem to dominate the “parakeet” designation, because people might not get past this moniker to catch on to the species’ names that also come before it. Among the most spectacular members of this generalized group are Indian ring-necked parakeets (Psittacula krameri manillensis) — which, more often than not, make people stop straight in their tracks and exclaim, “What bird is that?”
**For the full article, pick up the May 2009 issue of BIRD TALK**
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