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Parakeet

Lifespan: 9-15 years
Size: 9” with tail

FOOD

  • Parakeet seed
  • Fresh greens (refer to the bird diets sheet for a complete listing)
  • Fresh fruits (refer to the bird diets sheet for a complete listing)
  • Spray Millet
  • Treats may consist of:
    • Prepackaged bird treats
  • Avoid these foods:
    • Chocolate & other candy
    • Onions
    • Avocados

Caging & Environment

  • Parakeets can be housed in any cage that features ½” bar spacing.
  • They should have several perches (preferably made of different materials – wood, rope, etc.).
  • Provide a water cup, seed cup, and fresh food cup as well as a cuttlebone.
  • Toys from each category should be provided: destructible, communication, enrichment, and exercise (see Bird Toy Pie sheet for more information).

Behavior/Handling

  • Parakeets are the most popular pet bird in the U.S.
  • They are also called “budgies” or “budgerigars”, distinguishing them from other parakeet species (there are more than 120!).
  • Acrobatics are a part of everyday parakeet life! Provide them with plenty of exercise toys.
  • Parakeets can learn to talk – they prefer words with hard sounds, like “pretty” or “buddy”.
  • Sexing keets is very easy – mature males will have a bright blue cere (the fleshy part around the nostrils) and mature females will have a brown cere. A purple/pink cere is an indication that the keet has not yet reached sexual maturity.