Grey-Cheeked Parakeet


Outgoing, but quiet, the grey-cheeked parakeet is a charmer and ideal for apartment dwellers. This pet bird is the most popular species in the Brotogeris genus. Grey-cheeked parakeets are not known for playing with toys because they prefer to be on or near their owner, but it is recommended to provide them with toys in case they are exception to the norm.

Behavior / Health Concerns

Grey-cheeked parakeets are susceptible to mites, PBFD, psittacosis and bacterial hepatitis. Tuberculosis was common among imported birds. Grey-cheeked parakeets also require extra fruit in their diet, and some breeders recommend less protein to avoid gout. These pet birds are somewhat loud and screech, but there is usually a reason for their periods of screeching and once that cause is eliminated grey cheeks quiet down. A base diet of pellets is recommended by most avian veterinarians for the grey-cheeked parakeet, supplemented with fresh produce.

Expert Advice

“This is a small bird with a big bird personality. They make great ‘watch-birds’ as they call an alarm anytime something is amiss in their home or yard. They make great pets, however, the grey cheek is becoming very difficult to find in the United States.”

Bonnie Kenk, Peace Parrot Education and Adoption Center

Breed Details

Scientific Name:
Native Region:
South America
Small, up to 8 inches
Life Expectancy:
Up to 15 years
Noise Level:
Talk / Trick Ability: