I have a Linnie, Dallas is a 2 year old normal green male. He is a lovely bird. I have said many times, "if I could only have one small bird, a Linnie would be my choice". I have had 'tiels, love birds, parrotletts and budgies. Linnies wins with their charm and sweet nature.
Linnies are quiet and perfect for people who need a quiet atmosphere, such as apartment dwellers. The noise they do make is a very sweet sound, kind of like a song bird. They are also good talkers, maybe not as good as a budgie and certainly not like my CAGs, but never their voice is clear and easily understood. My Dallas was saying "hi" while still being hand-fed. Now he also has added, "Pretty baby" and "pretty bird" and "Rio" to his vocabulary. He also laughs with a sweet little, "hee hee hee hee".
Rio, our female green-cheek conure is Dallas' best buddy and when my birds are out of the cage, they are always together. Rio is much more infactuated with Dallas than Dallas is with Rio. Conures are very gregarious and the more the merrier. Linnies are much more loners. They are not birds who appreciate a great deal of cuddling and are not lovey dovey. Dallas will not preen Rio no matter how much she encourages him. Rio will lovingly preen each of Dallas' feathers, but it's all about Dallas. She receives no reciprecation of her attentions and affections. If Rio gets too 'touchy feelie" with Dallas, he will make a small squeak and move away from her to let her know that he has had enough love for the moment. Don't expect a linnie to be cuddly like a cockatoo or lay on their back like a Sennie.
Dallas is the normal coloration of the wild Linnie. He is a bright, shiny green with black bars on his wings. His feathers are much more glossy than budgies. My breeder was able to sex him visually in the nest from her experience. I still ran a DNA test and she was right.
Linnies need and appreciate a lot of horizontal space because they run along the branches of the trees in the wild. They have a very low crouched appearance. It's very comical to see him crouching down and running along the perches in his cage.
Size wise, a Linnie is smaller than a budgie, but harger than a parrotlett. They are stocky little birds with bone colored beaks.
Linnies poop tends to be a little more liquid than a budgie. Some people who have had other birds, find watery poopie a little alarming at first. It is not as liquid as a lory and they are not bad about squirting outside the cage, but if you are not aware of this fact, you may think a linnie has diarrhea.
My breeder has many color variations of Linnies now. Blues, yellows, creams, lavenders.......they are exquisite, like little gems when they are all bunched together in the nest.
There is a lot of debate at this time if they should really be called a "parakeet" at all. They do not have a long tail like species called "keets" do. They also hold their food in the foot when they eat. They are more parrot like in their appearance.
Linnies are such lovely birds and I would highly recommend that anyone looking for a small parrot choose one over a budgie or a cockatiel do to their sweet, humble nature. Of course, there is a big difference in the price of Linnies. They are still more expensive than 'tiels or budgies.
They are still a little rare right now, but I expect they will be very popular in the future. I hope this helps you and if you decide to get a Linnie, I will give you a link to my breeder here in Georgia. Maybe she has contacts with breeders in other areas.