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.


Melopsittacus undulatus

Distribution: Grassland, shrubland and desert in the interior of Australia; successfully introduced to Florida

Diet in the wild: Plant and grass seeds

Diet at Caldwell Zoo: Seeds, greens, bread and varied fruits and vegetables

IUCN Red List Status: Least concern, population increasing

Interesting Facts:

Parakeets are also known as budgerigars, or colloquially as ‘budgies’.

You can tell if a parakeet is a male or female by the color surrounding their nares. Males have blue coloration around their nares, while females have off-white or pink coloration around their nares.

A female parakeet will usually feed her smallest chick first to ensure that her entire brood survives.

Parakeets are migratory, following the wet weather to sites where plants are about to come to life. They can be seen travelling in flocks of thousands and are quite good at predicting the weather, often arriving in an area before the rains do.

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