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Parakeet

  • The word parakeet literally means "long tail."
  • Parakeets (or "budgies”) are indigenous to Australia. Their natural plumage is yellow and green. Through captive breeding, many different variations are now available.
  • Parakeets can be taught a vast vocabulary. In fact, the Guinness Book of World Records has recognized a budgerigar as being "the most talking bird.” Puck the Budgerigar has a vocabulary of over 1,700 words.
  • On average, a parakeet’s life span is 12 to 15 years.
  • Very different from a parrot, parakeets do not use their feet to hold food that is being consumed.
  • Parakeets love to play in water. Whether you choose a small bird bath or mist them with a spray bottle, parakeets love this activity and it helps stimulate their natural grooming behaviors.
  • On average, a parakeet’s beak grows three inches per year. Cuttlebone and toys are some of the many items that can be given to a parakeet to help keep their beak at a manageable length.
  • The part above their beaks is called a "cere.” You can learn the gender of a parakeet by the color of the cere. Once mature, a male’s cere is blue and a female’s cere is brown.
  • If a parakeet regurgitates for you, it means they consider you a family member and is trying to feed you like they would feed their young.
  • Parakeets, like other birds in the psittacine family, have four toes—two facing forward and two facing back—while birds from the passerine family have three facing forward and one facing back.