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