very similar to lineola but generally darker green; on average more
black edging; often extensive black to bend of wings. Length: Approximately
6 inches (16 cm).
Origination: Andes region from north west Venezuela to Columbia;
North west Ecuador to central Peru. Temperament: Quiet calm parakeet
occasionally lively; twittering if excited.
Diet: In the wild as lineolated; In captivity feed a good seed mix
of various millet, canary seed, oats, paddy rice, fruit, vegetables
and green food; branches with fresh buds; egg food and biscuits
Breeding in captivity: Nest box needs to be 25 x 15 x 15 cm. (10
x 6 x 6 ins), entrance hole 5 cm. Breeding is best achieved in a
colony system and is usually successful. Pairs usually breed in
May or June, average clutches are four-five eggs; incubation twenty-one
days, fledging at approximately six weeks of age. A pair may breed
up to three times in one season. Keep nest box inspection to a minimum
as female broods mostly after laying second egg.
Accommodation for both these Parakeets: The best way to keep and
rear these parakeets is using the colony system in a spacious outside
flight. Allowing plenty of room for each pair (16 sq. feet) with
adjoining shelter. The pairs need a minimum temperature of 20°C
(68°F) when first imported and when acclimatised the temperature
should not drop below 5°C (41°F). These parakeets will enjoy the
chance of bathing, chewing and also a spray with water in good weather.