Looking into a pet’s eyes is always an intriguing experience for me.
I wish I could see what the world looks like through their eyes so that I can understand their inner lives better!
That got me thinking about the quality of parakeet’s vision.
So, I’ve done some research to answer the question, do parakeets have good eyesight?
The answer is yes, parakeets do have good eyesight. Their eyes are more powerful than human vision and can also detect ultraviolet light. Their eyesight is really beneficial in the wild because it helps them to detect predators, and learn things about the world around them.
In this article, we’ll take a glimpse into the inner world of parakeets by learning what their vision looks like, what colors they can see, and whether they can recognize their owners.
We’ll also touch on lots of other interesting facts about parakeet’s senses, so let’s get into it!
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What does a parakeet’s vision look like?
Parakeets have very powerful vision, in fact, it is much better than ours!
This is very important for them in the wild, as parakeets are prey animals.
Their razor-sharp eyesight helps them keep an eye out for any lurking predators who may want to attack them.
You can see that your parakeet’s eyes are located on either side of their head.
This means they can’t see directly ahead of them very well, but it gives them a much wider view of their surroundings overall!
What colors do parakeets see?
Parakeets can see the same colors we can, but they can also see ultraviolet light, which we cannot.
In fact, this is the same type of light that gives us sunburn!
It also shows parakeets a lot of interesting details about the world that we are oblivious too, especially to do with color.
Parakeets use the ultraviolet light to see which of their potential future mates has the most vibrant feathers.
Ultimately, this helps them to decide who to mate with and secures them the healthiest, strongest partner.
Their advanced sense of sight also helps them to balance out what they lack in terms of their relatively weak sense of smell and taste.
With vision alone, your parakeets can detect which fruits, vegetables and other foods are safe to eat and which are rotten!
Do parakeets recognize their owners?
Parakeets are social animals as they live in flocks out in the wild.
They are also very intelligent.
This means they are definitely capable of learning to recognize their owners after enough time when they are properly cared for.
There are some noticeable signs of affection that your parakeet may show to your more than to other people.
This is a good way of knowing that they recognize you!
Let’s take a look at some examples.
Your parakeet might show affection by responding to your speech, or show excitement when you talk to them.
Another way parakeets show affection and trust is by climbing the bars of their cage to be nearer to their owners.
You may also be able to deepen your bond with your parakeet by establishing physical contact.
If your parakeet trusts you, they might want to perch on your shoulder or your finger to show affection.
How can I tell if my parakeet is blind?
There are many reasons why your pet parakeet could go blind, from vitamin deficiency, to infections, or just old age.
Birds are very adaptable, so much so that some owners don’t even notice that their parakeet is blind until a vet points it out!
To determine whether your bird is going blind, you can look for a number of symptoms, though it is not always obvious.
Depression; lack of appetite; blinking more than usual; red weeping eyes; swelling or flaking skin around the eye; feathers growing into the eye area; or discharge from the eyes are all symptoms that might mean your bird is going blind.
If your parakeet is blind, it is best not to move their perches or dishes into new locations as they are now relying on their memories to find them.
Why does my parakeet stare at me?
Parakeets are curious creatures, and they take an interest in what is going on around them.
So, there is nothing to fear if your parakeet wants to observe you while you’re in its presence.
Your bird staring at you can mean it is comfortable in your presence.
If you take a closer look, and notice that your parakeet’s pupils widen when it stares at you, this is a great sign of the affection your parakeet feels towards you!
Do parakeets have good hearing?
We’ve established that parakeets have sharp eyesight, but what about their hearing?
It turns out that much like their vision, parakeets have better hearing than we do!
Parakeets have internal ears which you are unlikely to see unless your parakeet feels like a very thorough wash.
While parakeets can hear essentially the same range of sounds that we humans can, the way they relate to sounds is different.
Parakeets have much more perfect pitch, meaning they can recognize and remember notes more accurately.
In general, parakeets are much more effective at storing sounds in their memory.
This is why they are so talented at memorizing sequences of sounds to mimic human speech, learn the calls that their species use, and even name their offspring with specific sounds that are used for their entire lives!
The senses our beloved parakeets possess are related to the way they live in the wild.
Parakeets have good eyesight which helps them to stay watchful for predators.
They can also see ultraviolet light, which reveals extra details about the food and the other birds they encounter in the world around them.
This article has explained what parakeets can see, and has also talked about the signs of blindness.
We also looked at whether parakeets can recognize their owners and the hearing ability of parakeets.