Parakeet

This colorful small parrot-type bird is a fun pet for many people. It is very adept at learning to “talk” when its owner repeats the same word(s) over and over. A parakeet can live to be 12-14 years old.

Parakeet/Budgerigar

Melopsittacus undulatus

Habitat: Australian forested areas, sparsely treed grasslands and dry scrubland plains. Prefer to be near water (drink about 5% of body weight each day).

Diet in the wild: Seeds, especially grass

Diet at Caldwell Zoo: Apple, orange, carrot, spinach, corn, bread, parakeet seed mix and millet seed

Size: 7-9½ inches beak to tip of tail; weigh 1-1½ ounces

Family: Monogamous pair nests after rains, laying a clutch of 4-8 eggs. Newly hatched young are pink, naked and blind. Eyes open at about 8 days and young leave the nest at about one month of age.

Status: Least Concern

Did you know? This small bird was first brought to Europe in 1840 as a pet

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