Parakeets are active little parrots and it's unusual to see one sitting still for any length of time.
They are constantly on the move hopping from perch to perch, playing with their toys, climbing and chewing one everything that they see.
Budgies are often what comes to mind when one hears the term parakeet, however they are just one of the many different species of parrots that are part of the parakeet family.
Native to Australia the wild budgie is a light green color, but breeders have managed to create a wide variety of color mutations in the captive budgerigars.
Their social nature makes budgies easy to tame, and their intelligence and inquisitive nature makes them adept at learning tricks.
As far as learning to talk, both sexes can mimic speech, but the males tend to be better at it.
The cockatiels are becoming very popular pet parrots and are rapidly catching up to the budgerigars as the choice for new bird owners.
The second smallest member of the cockatoo family, cockatiels have the characteristic crest of feathers on their heads that are the trademark of cockatoos.
All cockatoos need attention, and the cockatiel is no exception.
However they are nearly as demanding as the larger cockatoos are.
Play with them a little each day and they will become tame and cuddly.
Even with the extras like a cage, toys, and food cockatiels are a relatively inexpensive entrance to the world of parrots, and with a little attention they are excellent pets.
Quaker parrots are known for their speaking ability and for their ability to associate words with objects and actions.
Quaker parrots live between 20 and 30 years and are about the same size of a cockatiel, although they are slightly heavier than cockatiels are.
Sometimes called the monk parrot or the gray-breasted parakeet they have an overall green coloration with gray on the throat, chest, forehead and cheeks along with blue on the wings and tail feathers.
You won't be disappointed with the monk parrots if you are in the market for a small, intelligent, talking parrot.