parakeet

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par·a·keet

noun \ˈper-ə-ˌkēt, ˈpa-rə-\

: a small, brightly colored tropical bird that has a long tail and that is often kept as a pet

Full Definition of PARAKEET

:  any of numerous usually small slender parrots with a long graduated tail

Origin of PARAKEET

Spanish & Middle French; Spanish periquito, from Middle French perroquet parrot
First Known Use: 1581

parakeet

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus), a popular parakeet.—Bruce Coleman Ltd.

Any of 115 species in 30 genera (subfamily Psittacinae) of small, slender seed-eating parrots with a long, tapering tail. Parakeets are found worldwide in warm regions. They typically form large flocks. Most species lay four to eight eggs in a tree hole. The most popular caged parakeet is the budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus), mistakenly called lovebird; about 8 in. (19 cm) long, it may be any colour but usually has cheek spots and close barring on the upper parts.

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