The Lifespan of a Parakeet

by Susan Revermann, Demand Media Google
    Parakeets are very popular pets among bird lovers.

    Parakeets are very popular pets among bird lovers.

    Trying to decide which new feathered friend should join your family can be a challenge, especially with all the choices out there. One of the most important factors to consider is how long he will be around to love and talk to.

    Parakeet Basics

    If you own a parakeet, you are not alone. This is the most popular pet bird in the world. This birdie is quite friendly and enjoys socializing with other birds, as well as human friends. He also likes to move around his cage freely and will appreciate toys and mirrors spread throughout his home.

    Also Known As…

    Don’t be offended if a house guest calls your parakeet a budgie or budgerigar. These names are used interchangeably for your feathered friend. If you want to impress your guest, you could even call your birdie by his technical name, Melopsitt undulates.

    Lifespan

    The oldest reported parakeet was more than 20 years old! On average, this little guy will stick around anywhere between 5 and 15 years. There are plenty of factors that contribute to his longevity.

    Contributing Factors

    Life expectancy of your pet bird is dramatically reduced if he is not given a proper diet. Give him high quality birdseed mix and pellets. It’s a good idea to rotate the two to get the best nutrient variety. Fresh fruits and veggies are also an important part of his diet. He will enjoy leafy greens, slices of apple or pear, melon, carrots, broccoli, pineapple and tomato fruit. Make sure to never give your parakeet chocolate, caffeinated or carbonated beverages, tomato leaves, raw peanuts, avocado, fruit seeds and pits, rhubarb, potatoes or alcohol. These will make your birdie sick and could possibly be fatal.

    About the Author

    Susan Revermann is a professional writer with educational and professional experience in psychology, research and teaching. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington in psychology, focused on research, motivational behavior and statistics. Revermann also has a background in art, crafts, green living, outdoor activities and overall fitness, balance and well-being.

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