Periquito Barrado/Barred Parakeet/Bolborhynchus lineola

Nombre en español: Periquito Barrado

Nombre en ingles: Barred Parakeet

Nombre científico: Bolborhynchus lineola

Familia: Psittacidae

Foto: Daniel Orozco

Canto: Andrew Spencer

El perico barreteadocatita barrada o cinarero, también conocido como la catita lineada o perico rayado (Bolborhynchus lineola) es una especie de ave de la familia de los loros (Psittacidae) originaria del sur de México, Costa Rica, Panamá, el noroeste de Colombia, Venezuela, los Andes del Perú y el centro de Bolivia.​ Su hábitat comprende bosques y montañas a más de 2000 msnm.

No les gusta el frío, pero lo toleran bien. Ocupan parte de su tiempo en el suelo, y duermen en los árboles. Viven generalmente en grupos de 6 a 30, e incluso de hasta más de 150. Prefieren correr a volar, aunque tienen un vuelo rápido, caracterizado por un rápido batir de alas. Comen frutas, semillas (y germinadas), e inclusive larvas de insectos.

Miden 17 cm de largo y pesan entre 47 y 55 g; son de color verde intenso, presentando manchas negras al final de sus plumas, que les dan aspecto de estar rayadas o listadas. En esta especie, pese a lo que algunos creen, no existe dimorfismo sexual, excepto en alguna mutación de color, la cual sólo la pueden presentar las hembras.

Hay muchas mutaciones en estos pericos: azul, cobalto, turquesa, violeta, plata, dorado, crema, y lutino (amarillo brillante con ojos rojos).

Estas catitas se están volviendo populares como mascotas en Europa y en Norteamérica, debido a su docilidad, buen comportamiento y capacidad de habla (aunque ésta sea limitada). Su expectativa de vida es de 10 años, pero hay ejemplares que han llegado bien a los 15.

Barred parakeet

The barred parakeet (Bolborhynchus lineola), also known as lineolated parakeetCatherine parakeet or ‘linnies’ for short, is a small parrot found disjunctly in highland forests from southern Mexico to Panama, in the Andes from western Venezuela to southern Peru and Bolivia, the Santa Marta Mountains in Colombia and the Venezuelan Coastal Range. Its plumage is mostly green with multiple black and dark green stripes or bars, and it has a pale-horn coloured beak. The dark stripes vary in prominence between its two subspecies. Several colour mutants are available in aviculture.


There are two subspecies of the barred parakeet:

  • Bolborhynchus lineola (Cassin 1853)
    • Bolborhynchus lineola lineola (Cassin 1853)
    • Bolborhynchus lineola tigrinus (Souance 1856) – which has more prominent dark stripes


The barred parakeet is about 16 cm (6.5 in) in length and has a weight of about 42 to 52 grams. It is mostly green and has black stripes (or bars) over its upper-parts, except on the top of the head. Its lower-parts are olive-green with very dark green stripes on its sides. The shoulder of its wings is black, there is some blue on the under-side of its wings, and its tail is dark green. The irises are dark brown and its beak is horn coloured. Its legs are pink.Juveniles have less-marked dark stripes, which darken with age. Males and females are generally similar in external appearance, but males may sometimes have more marked black stripes than the female. Usually, however, there is no discerning trait to differentiate sex and sexing must be done surgically or through blood tests. The two subspecies differ in the prominence of the dark stripes.

Habitat and status

Their habitat is the forests and mountains up to an elevation of roughly 3,300 m (2.1 mi) above sea level. They spend some of their time on the ground, but sleep high in the trees. They are tolerant of cold and have been seen taking snow baths.

The barred parakeet has a large population that is thought to be stable.

Behavior and breeding

There are usually two to four eggs in a clutch, which hatch after about 18–21 days of incubation. Chicks leave the nest at about five weeks after hatching.

Lineolated parakeets are found in the wild in groups of six to thirty, although bigger groups (up to 150 birds) are known. They eat fruit, dried and germinated seeds, and insect larvae.

Lineolated parakeets are known for their calm dispositions and peculiar postures. Unlike many birds, lineolateds typically rest in a near horizontal position with their heads almost in line with their tails. They are generally very calm birds and typically mumble quietly, and their calls are not high-pitched or piercing to the ear.


Barred parakeets are popular as pets because of their quiet and even-tempered disposition, and also because many colour mutations are available. Green series birds include the normal green (wild type), dark green, olive, and the green series ino called lutino (yellow). Turquoise series birds include turquoise, cobalt, mauve, and the turquoise ino called creamino (white). Greywing, where the barring and overall color is diluted, is another mutation that can fall on any color mutation, even the inos. Violet, misty, and cinnamon types are seen in European aviculture, but rare in the United States. Their average lifespan is about 10 years, but individual birds have been known to live up to 15 years. They are talented mimics of human speech.

One of the most recognizable and entertaining characteristics of barred parakeets is that they enjoy bathing and being misted with water. Barred parakeets notably enjoy these mist baths; they will hang upside down and open their wings eagerly. Pet linnies are also known to have a unique trait of liking to burrow or hide in or under clothing for hours on end, and will sometimes fall asleep in their found hiding places.

  • Colour mutations
  • Lutino
  • Turquoise
  • Grey/Mauve
  • Blue/Cobalt

Learning to talk

Lineolated parakeets are known for their soft chatter and low noise levels, making them ideal apartment pets. They can sometimes make louder noises, but this is normally due to distress or their food dish running low. These birds are also known for their ability to talk and imitate noises. Not all individuals will speak, and normally the male of the species is more vocal; but there are ways to increase the chance of a bird learning words or sounds, including:Starting when the birds are young. Normally they learn the most words while they are less than two years old or moved into a new environment.Using imitation games, which start by rewarding the bird after it imitates a noise that the bird is already known to make and then moving on to words or noises once the bird has caught on to the game.Saying phrases in an excited noise or when the bird is in an excited state.Having the bird spend time with a bird that is a known talker, especially if it is the same species.

Sometimes they will mimic a specific person’s tone, normally the person they spend the most time with. They might additionally learn to imitate noises that are undesirable for them to repeat. Unwanted vocalizations can be minimised by not rewarding the bird with laughter or attention, or redirecting by getting the bird to perform another known trick.

Food for pets

Pellets are an ideal base for not only lineolated parakeets, but for many other pet birds as well, as they contain many of the essential vitamins and nutrients the birds need. Seeds should be fed as a branch of the diet but not as a staple, as a seed-based diet can cause obesity, malnutrition, and kidney failure. Green-leaved vegetables such as kale, collard greens, and turnip greens, as well as broccoli, carrot, and cauliflower, are readily consumed. Common fruits that are offered include banana, papaya, apple, apricot, and orange. Eggs, whether scrambled or boiled (along with the shell), are an excellent source of protein and calcium. Hemp, roasted soybeans, potatoes, green peas, strawberries, coconut, pumpkin seed, alfalfa, and sunflower seeds are other foods that are consumable. It is good to offer different foods to keep the diet balanced, and it keeps them from getting bored.

Toxic foods

Owners should avoid feeding their birds anything high in salt, sugar, and fat. Common toxic foods include avocado and guacamole, substances containing caffeine (such as tea and coffee), fruit pits and apple seeds (which contain amounts of cyanide), persimmons, onions (prolonged exposure can lead to a blood condition called hemolytic anemia), mushrooms (cause digestion problems and can induce liver failure), dried/uncooked beans (contain hemaglutin, toxic to birds), the stems, vines, and leaves of tomatoes (the actual fruit is fine), and eggplant.


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