Parakeet names can be fun, flamboyant, colorful and beautiful – here are some of the best:
If these haven’t taken your fancy, we’ve got plenty more! Just keep on reading!
Choosing Parakeet Names
Choosing your parakeet’s name is just one of many fun parts of owning a parakeet!
These super-popular tiny parrots often seem to have twice the personality packed into half the size, which no doubt accounts for their widespread appeal!
Parakeets can be excellent talkers, singers, and mimics (especially the boys). They also easily learn tricks and some parakeets are even bona fide YouTube stars.
Parakeets can also be surprisingly long-lived – while seven years is the average, some parakeets have lived as long as 15 years.
We hope you will consider this your parakeet names hub as you brainstorm creative names.
Why not make a shortlist of your favorites to help you choose your precious bird’s new name!
There is no doubt choosing a name for your new parakeet would become easier if you waited for a few weeks to get to know one another first.
But then again, being able to call your parakeet by name is an important part of the bonding and training process so you don’t want to wait.
If you are feeling a bit anxious or stressed about picking out the perfect name, we think these parakeet names tips might come in handy!
To start narrowing down your naming choices, take time to study your new parakeet’s colors, behaviors, and movements.
You may notice some unique traits that will lead you to the perfect name.
If you would like to name your new parakeet after a family member or friend, it is always nice to ask that person’s permission before making your final decision.
Remember, with a bit of patience and persistence, your parakeet can easily learn to say their name.
However, picking a shorter name (or a longer name that can be shortened into a nickname) will often shorten the training time.
Before you choose a very unique name, be sure you are okay answering questions about what your bird’s name means again and again and again!
Best Parakeet Names
Some of the best parakeet names come from studying the history of this iconic pet bird.
While today the parakeet is best known as a domesticated pet, the budgerigar as a species has a long and fascinating history in its own right.
- Bon Bon – the name of one of the protected reserves in Australia where wild budgerigars are still found in large numbers.
- Chirrup – the social call wild budgies (and pet birds) make to each other.
- Mendel – scientist Greg Mendel studied parakeets as part of his genetic research.
- Melody – the parakeet’s scientific name is Melopsittacus undulates which loosely translates to mean “melodious parrot.”
- Cheery – ornithologist John Gould famously described budgies as cheerful and animated.
- Shelly – the budgerigar is sometimes also called the “shell parakeet” (the word undulates from its scientific name means “undulating or scalloped wing pattern”).
- Dino – parakeets, like all modern avians, can trace their ancestry all the way back to the giant dinosaurs!
- Nomad – parakeets are natural nomads in the wild, traveling in groups numbering hundreds or even thousands of birds as they forage for food, water, and shelter.
- Tornado – some naturalists liken “green clouds” of wild budgies passing by to avian tornadoes!
- Puck – a male budgerigar who is a Guinness Book of World Record holder for learning an amazing 1,728 words!
Female Parakeet Names
These sweet female parakeet names take inspiration from some of the many rarer parakeet colors, many of which are the result of dedicated breeding efforts.
These names are also inspired by the keet’s petite size and delicate avian beauty!
- Cher Ami
For even more female pet names, check out this article.
Male Parakeet Names
In the world of parakeets, it is the male birds who tend to be the most vibrant in both feather colors and in personality.
Male parakeets are much more likely to be great talkers and mimics, which experts believe is because of their need to vocalize in the wild to attract mates.
If you have a talky boy bird, picking one these male parakeet names will ensure your new budgie has a name that is short and sweet and easy to learn to say and repeat!
Interested in more male pet names? We think you’ll love this article.
Cool Parakeet Names
Ask any parakeet owner if their pint-sized bird knows he or she is little, and you are likely to hear a resounding “nope!” These birds are cool and confident customers indeed!
You might just find your new bird’s moniker in this list of cool parakeet names inspired by music, movies, pop culture, literature, pirate lore, and avian mythology.
- Jolly Roger
For more cool pet names, head on over to this article.
Cute Parakeet Names
Parakeets are just so cute – it is easy to see why they are the most popular pet bird in the world!
Perhaps one of these cute choices will be the right fit for your adorable little feathered family member.
- Cinna (short for “Cinnamon”)
- Disco (famous internet parakeet whose video you saw in the intro here!)
- Froot Loop
- The Kidd
- To find even more naming cuteness, this article offers lots of cute names.
Funny Parakeet Names
Parakeets don’t have to work hard to be funny. They’re so animated, sociable, and quick – just looking at a parakeet can readily bring a smile to your face!
These funny parakeet names strive to capture the energy and enthusiasm of the tiny but mighty parakeet.
- Long John Silver
Unique Parakeet Names
While parakeets might all look quite a bit alike, experienced owners and breeders can readily tell each bird apart by their unique personalities.
For example, while some birds might be content to cuddle and preen, other keets may be true take-charge leaders who rule the roost.
This list of unique parakeet names can help you find the right name match for your budgie’s personality.
Find more unique naming ideas here.
Tough Parakeet Names
These tough parakeet names take inspiration from popular fictional parrots, cartoon birds, and famous pirates and their avian sidekicks.
These are fierce birds and feathered fantasy from past and present.
Perhaps one of these names will describe your feisty pint-sized sidekick to a “t”!
- Big Bird
- Pancho Villa
- Sonny Boy
- Rico Tico
- Captain Flint
- Peg Leg
- Calico Jack
- G.I. Joe/Jane
- Find a lot more tough pet names in this article.
Fun Facts About Parakeets
Parakeets, or budgerigars, as they are sometimes called, are hands-down the most popular pet bird choice in the world today.
The word “budgerigar” came from the Australian aboriginal word “Betcherrygah” which translates to mean (wait for it) “good food.”
In addition to the petite American or Australian parakeet, many people also love keeping the larger English parakeet.
This version first made its way to England in 1840.
What even many parakeet enthusiasts don’t know is that there are actually more than 100 different species.
And they are found in many different continents including Africa, South America, and Central America as well as Australia.
What’s even more interesting is that today’s parakeets are bred in so many unusual colors and patterns.
In addition to the well-known greens, yellows, and blues, parakeets today can display rare colors like violet, slate, cinnamon, opaline, rainbow, and even spangle!
Congratulations on welcoming your new parakeet to your family!
So, have you found a name on one of these lists that seems like it might be “the one”?
When you do choose your parakeet’s new name, please drop back by to share the one you chose and the story behind it!
Take a look at our parrot name ideas for more inspiration!
References and Further Reading
Walker B. 1992. The English Budgerigar. AFA Watchbird Journal Journal of the American Federation of Aviculture.