Affectionate and very sociable, the Parakeet of Molina is a very pleasant bird to live. She enjoys being part of family life and taking part in all activities, including the most harmless. Curious, dynamic, cheerful, and engaging, she is both cuddly and very outgoing. It must be constantly entertained and devote a lot of time each day to ensure its proper development. Discover the characteristics of this beautiful bird and our tips for raising it at home.
The Molina’s Parakeet or Green-cheeked Parakeet: how to raise this bird at home?
Who is the Green-cheeked Parakeet?
The Green-cheeked Parakeet (Pyrrhura molinae) is a magnificent bird native to South America, especially Brazil, Argentina, and Bolivia. In the wild, the Parakeet lives in the forest, in the tops of the trees, in a group of about 20 individuals. From its height of 26 cm and with its 70 grams, it is a small solid animal capable of living around thirty years in captivity.
This beautiful bird has almost exclusively green plumage, with the exception of a little red on the belly and tail, bronze on the chest, black on the head, and blue on the wings. Her cheeks are distinctly green, as the name suggests, and her eyes are surrounded by a featherless ring. Males and females have the same plumage.
Molina’s Parakeet is a tender and endearing animal, which enjoys being cuddled and cuddling in the hands and neck of its adoptive family. Loyal and faithful, he is not stingy with tenderness or kisses and nestles easily in the hands to lie on his back. It is a noisy, cheerful, energetic, and very curious bird. It is therefore important to be able to devote time and monitor him because his curiosity can push him to make mistakes. Indeed, this little adventurous adventurer is very rarely aware of the danger. Unfortunately, accidents are not uncommon with electric wires, household products, plants, but also the blankets in which he nestles to hide.
If it is very sociable, this bird has a permanent need to participate in all the activities of the house. Interactive, he’s interested in everything. It is therefore important for his well-being to include it in most activities. It must be said that he is particularly intelligent and that he gets bored quickly. It must, therefore, be stimulated very regularly, both physically and mentally. Teach him to repeat a few words, empty and fill boxes with small items, etc.
If it can be heard, it is a little noisy bird that rarely calls. On the other hand, when he screeches, something is wrong. He thus expresses his discomfort, his boredom, or his feeling of abandonment.
How to breed Molinae’s Parakeet at home?
A large cage
The Green-cheeked Parakeet has a great need to move and to exert itself. So he needs a large, secure cage with lots of toys. She enjoys constantly discovering new activities and having fun with everything. Be vigilant about the quality of the toys, because it takes pleasure in chewing and shredding them.
Place perches at various heights so that the bird can have fun and climb everywhere. Also, think about his water and food bowls, but also offer him small parrot tents.
In addition, the Parakeet must be allowed to leave its cage for several hours a day in order to stretch its wings. The room in which it operates must be well secured to avoid accidents. Without these daily outings, the bird is bored and cannot flourish. He may develop an aggressive character and start to shout and / or bite.
Be careful, because the Green-cheeked Parakeet is not always a clean bird … for others! Indeed, he cleans his cage by rejecting all the small pieces of fruit and vegetables outside, especially on the walls and the floor of the house. He needs his toilet at all heights, which tends to scatter them around the cage and he bathes in all sources of water, even if they are not clean. Provide him with a bathtub of clear water to meet his needs and limit the risk of bacterial infection.
A varied diet
The Green-cheeked Parakeet must be fed in captivity as in the wild. To be healthy, she needs a varied and well-balanced diet. Give him fresh fruits and vegetables every day, seed mixes to suit his needs and, if desired, occasional insects.