Barred Parakeet Blue (Bolborhynchus lineola 'Blue')

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Barred Parakeet Blue
Bolborhynchus lineola 'Blue'
Barred Parakeet Blue (Bolborhynchus lineola 'Blue')
Name Barred Parakeet Blue
Name Lat. Bolborhynchus lineola 'Blue'
Family Parrots
Family lat. Psittacidae
Order Parrots
Order lat. Psittaciformes
Origin Central and South America
Climate Subtropical
Diet Large Parakeet seed, veggies, fruits
Keeping Pair, group
Care Level Easy
Reproduction Cavity nest
Life Span 10-15 years
Protection CITES Appendix II; EC Annex B
Metric Units
Size 16 cm
Temperature Room temperature
Housing 100 x 50 x 50 cm
US Units
Size 6.3"
Temperature Room temperature
Housing 40" x 20" x 20"

Distribution and habitat

The range of the Catharine Parakeet extends from southern Mexico through Central America to Venezuela, Colombia and Peru, where they inhabit the subtropical washes at 1,500-3,300 m, usually in small groups, rarely in large flocks. The Blue Catherine Parakeet is a color mutation.

Cage size

The minimum cage size is 100 x 50 x 50 cm (L x W x H) for a pair. The cage size must not be undercut even in case of justified single keeping. For an additional 2 birds, assuming species compatibility, the floor space must be increased by 50%. The cage must be placed at a height of at least 80 cm (except aviaries) in a bright, draught-free and quiet place and should have cross-wiring or netting. Keeping in an aviary with a floor area of at least 1 m² is preferable to keeping in a cage.


The floor must be covered with sand, shavings of untreated wood or similar material and must be cleaned regularly. At least 2 perches made of wood or branches of different thickness and height must be installed in such a way as to provide the longest possible flight path and also to prevent soiling of the feed and water containers. A roosting box and bathing facility must be provided at all times and in addition they should be sprayed with water occasionally. As employment material e.g. rings, ropes and health harmless natural branches are to be offered.


The species-specific feed offer consists of mixed seeds, available in specialized trade as "large parakeet feed" in premium quality, supplemented with cob millet, green feed (chickweed, green panicle millet and grass panicles), fresh buds, vegetables (peppers, grated carrots, etc.), fruit (apples, berries, etc.) and especially for raising young germinated seeds (millet, oats) and egg feed. If there are several animals, set up several feeding stations. As a digestive aid they need grit, sepia and vitamin lime. Drinking water must always be available in birdbaths or in stable, open containers and, like food, must be offered fresh daily in clean containers.

A varied diet promotes health and prevents deficiency symptoms.

Reproduction and breeding

The black plumage fringes of females are narrower than those of males.

They breed in nest cavities made of softwood or in hollowed tree trunks. Bark mulch or sawdust from conifers is suitable as nest box bedding. The clutch consists of 4 to 5 eggs, the brood duration is about 21 days. Young birds must be raised so that they are species-specific

The average life expectancy can be 10-15 years.

Species protection

They should be provided with a leg ring. They are exempt from the obligation to notify (Federal Species Protection Ordinance Annex 5 to § 7 para. 2). Your pet store will be happy to provide you with further information.

Protection of species: WA appendix II; EU appendix B. The purchase receipt is the required proof of origin for the animal. Please keep it safe!


They may only be kept in pairs or in a group.

In the case of outdoor aviaries, they also require a heated shelter of at least 0.5 m², which can be visited by the birds at any time. The temperature in the shelter must not fall below 5 °C and the furnishings must correspond to those of cage keeping

Sufficient daylight or flicker-free artificial light (stroboscopic effect) corresponding to daylight must be provided in rooms, including the shelters. The lighting duration shall be 8-12 hours per day and the natural day-night rhythm shall be observed. Adequate indoor climate should be provided. If caged, they should be allowed free flight. The health condition of the birds should be checked daily.

Further literature can be found in your pet store.


Text: petdata; Image: petdata

Source: BMELV (1995): Tierschutzgutachten - Mindestanforderungen an die Haltung von Papageien; ARNDT (1997): Lexikon der Papageien, Arndt-Verlag; GRUMMT & STREHLOW (2009): Zootierhaltung - Tiere in menschlicher Obhut: Vögel, Verlag Harri Deutsch 

  • Gemäß § 21 Abs. 5 Tierschutzgesetz idgF