Although your parakeet is home when he is with you, you may be wondering where he actually came from -- and no, the pet store is not the answer to that question. This happy, social birdie could have come from a wide variety of places.
Parakeets are one of the most popular birds that are brought home in this country. He is part of the parrot family, ranging in size from 7 to 18 inches long, and considered to be a small- to medium-sized parrot. If you hear people refer to your winged friend as budgie or budgerigar, don’t be offended -- he goes by those names as well. You can expect your parakeet to be in the family for 10 or 15 years. That is if he has been living a healthy and happy life. Poor diet and accidents may shorten this time, of course.
There are more than 120 different species of parakeets, with many sub-species, and you will find them all around the globe. They tend to like the warmth and live in the tropical and subtropical parts of the world, often in jungle regions. The main areas you will find them in are Australia, Central America and South America. However, you will also find them in Africa, New Zealand and across Asia. The varieties that you find in North America were brought here from all over the world.
How to Find Out
Since your parakeet could have come from pretty much anywhere under the sun, the best way to find out is to ask your vet or someone at the pet store. They should be able to give you a good idea of where he originated from by his coloring and size.
Living and Mating in the Wild
Regardless of their native land, parakeets do share some similar traits. They live in colonies when they are in the wild, thus continuing their love for socializing. When it comes to mating, however, they do form monogamous pairs.
Behavior and Temperament
If you were hoping your parakeet’s temperament or vocalizations would give you a clue to his origin, sadly it doesn’t help much. They are all social, active and like to talk, with a wide range for vocalizations. They adapt well to new surroundings once they are allowed to get comfortable.