Orange-Chinned Parakeet


Because orange-chinned parakeets are so active and energetic, they should be given plenty of safe pet bird toys to keep them busy, as well as to prevent boredom. This species, along with the parrotlet, is sometimes referred to as a “pocket parrot,” as they are very cuddly and enjoy snuggling in their owner’s shirt pockets. At night they like to snuggle into something cozy to sleep. Orange-chinned parakeets also enjoy riding around on their pet bird owner’s shoulders. Because they also love climbing, they should be provided plenty of perches at varying heights or a climbing net to climb to their hearts’ content.

Behavior / Health Concerns

Orange-chinned parakeets are strong fliers; in the wild, they have been recorded flying up to 45 miles per hour. If you decide to trim your orange-chinned parakeet’s feathers, consult with your avian veterinarian on the best wing-feather trim. Their fearless nature makes it necessary to watch for potential accidents associated with their tendency to jump, climb or wander. Similarly, because they burrow, owners need to be aware of their presence at all times to prevent accidental smothering. Care should also be taken when this species is around other, larger pets, as they may initiate fights and, in the process, get hurt.

Expert Advice

“The orange-chinned parakeet is a member of the Brotogeris parrot family. They closely resemble the grey-cheeked parakeet in size, personality and pet quality. You can’t go wrong with this fun-loving bird.”

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Breed Details

Scientific Name:
Native Region:
Southern Mexico, south through Central America into South America
7 to 7.2 inches
Life Expectancy:
Up to 15 years
Noise Level:
Moderate; loud at times
Talk / Trick Ability: