Parakeets and Budgie Color Choices

In their native Australian landscape, parakeets were all green in color, with black wavy bands on their wings and backs. This combination helped them to be camoflagued in the grassy plains and eucalyptus trees which were their homes.

Nazo the Green Parakeet

When parakeet ownership took off in the mid-1800s, suddenly people wanted to see what breeding could do for the parakeet. By mating the right combinations of parents, breeders could bring out certain colors in the bird's children. This is normal 'breeding' behavior that pet owners do with dogs, cats, horses and pretty much any other animal.

For example, breeders could encourage birds that were bluer to mate with each other, causing their children to become even more blue. Then the more-blue parakeets would mate, creating babies that were even bluer.

The result is that today we have many different colors of parakeets. Blue is the second most common color for parakeets, because it is the color closest to green is blue. So that was the easiest color for breeders to achieve.

Pinto the Blue Parakeet

There are also:
* Purple parakeets
* Light Blue parakeets
* White parakeets
* Parakeets with white spots
* Parakeets with multiple colors

Green is still the most commonly found color and is its "normal" color.

The color of a parakeet doesn't really matter - it's all up to the buyer which color he or she enjoys the most.

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