Parakeet Facts: 51 Parakeet Facts Every Parakeet Owner Must Know

1. A female parakeet typically lays four to six eggs per clutch (a clutch is a group of eggs and their babies once they hatch), but can lay up to ten eggs, with five to seven eggs being the average clutch size. Hatching takes 18 to 20 days.

2. Parakeets can speak between 600 and 800 words! Parrots of other breeds, even those who are good talkers, may only learn half of that.

There are larger parrots that may learn only a few words or may not talk at all.

3. Usually, parakeets bite when they’re afraid or defending their territory or mate. It may also be protecting a toy or something else it’s attached to.

There’s also a good chance he’s biting because you’re trying to restrain him or catch him.

4. You cannot cross or hybridize a parakeet with another bird type. Some parrots, like macaws or conures, can breed with another parrot in their genus to produce offspring.

5. If properly cared for, a parakeet can live for eight years or more. Although most parakeets live much shorter lives, good nutrition and exercise can extend the life of your parrot.

6. Parakeets flock in large numbers in the wild. They are seen flocking in groups of 20 thousand to 30 thousand birds.

So, if you get at least two, you’ll have a happier bird.

7. According to myth, Albino parakeets are blind! But that isn’t the case as they can see just as clearly as their pigmented cousins.

Albino parakeets are a breed with white and red eyes.

8. The crested parakeet is a mutation of the normally feathered parakeet. It has a Beatles’ Ringo Starr mop “hairdo” on top of its head. Very cute!

9. Parakeets are companion birds

They can be kept peacefully in a large aviary with zebra finches, Bourke’s, and cockatiels parakeets, all of which also originate from Australia.

If the budgies are in pairs, be sure they are not being bullied by the parakeets by keeping an eye on the other species.

14. Parakeets can talk, and males usually have a larger vocabulary than females. Males can speak up to one thousand words.

10. Parakeets, both male and female can learn to talk as early as 3 months of age. They can also learn to whistle.

11. Parakeets are also called Budges, and the word ‘parakeet’ means ‘long tail’.

12. They originate from Australia.

15. When frightened, they usually fly towards the light. So if you are letting them out of their cage, be sure to have the curtains closed.

16. On average, the lifespan of parakeets is 14 years.

Some have lived for 8-10 years, and others 22 years.

17. Their vision is very acute, and they can move each eye independently of the other!

When they are relaxed and happy and relaxed, they often grind their beaks.

19. Parakeets enjoy playing in the water.

They love to play in a birdbath. When they are out, allow them to play in running water in the sink.

20. Their beaks grow 3 inches a year

This means they need cuttlebones, mineral blocks, and wood to help them shorten their beak and supply them with the needed minerals.

Fun facts about parakeets

21. Parakeets are affectionate birds

This however depends on how much attention and care you give to them. Show them love and they will return the favor.

22. Rose-ringed Parakeets make soft noises like a spur to scare off predators.

23. A monk parakeet is illegal to own in California

Though they are sought after as pets, this remains the law.

24. Parakeets can lay an egg without a male.

This is similar to the chicken, but the egg is infertile.

25. The parakeet is the third most popular pet behind cats and dogs

26. Parakeets rest better when you cover their cage at night

Doing this also ensures you get some rest too, right?

27. To ensure they stay healthy, more than average birdseed is needed

28. They are small in size when compared to other types of parrots

29. Parakeets (as popularly called in the USA) are commonly known as Budgerigar in Australia, and Budgie in the UK.

The Latin name for parakeet is “Melopsittacus undulates.”

30. Parakeets are generally 7 inches long (18 cm)

On average, they weigh about 30-grams

31. The gender of adult parakeets can be distinguished by their colored “cere” which is the flesh above its nose.

The male species has a blue “cere,” while the female has a brown “cere”

The color of the cere of baby parakeets is however different from that of adults. Males have pink-colored cere, and females have a little whitish cere.

32. Generally, parakeets lay about 4-9 eggs which hatch in 3 weeks.

33. After 4-5 weeks of age, baby parakeets learn to fly out of their nests.

34. Baby parakeets can start mating after six months old.

35. Parakeets change their feathers every year.

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36. When they open their wings it means it is just trying to cool itself as the weather is too hot.

Note, however, that open wings could also mean several other things.

37. If your parakeet is hopping, this could mean that your pet parakeet is happy.

38. If you see your parakeet standing on one foot, this means they are relaxing as they often go into a relaxed state.

39. When your female parakeet has her tail to one side with feathers high, she is probably ready to mate.

40. When parakeets are afraid or threatened by something, they often have their feathers flattened towards their body.

41. When parakeets feel safe and comfortable, you will often find them spending enough time cleaning their feathers.

They love to do this all the time.

42. If your parakeet stays still or does not move at all without making any sound, it is probably sick and needs proper care.

This is probably the worst body sign as parakeets are optimistic birds that love to hop, sing and move about.

43. The first pair of parakeets was exported in 1840, and a large amount was paid.

44. Parakeets can learn to talk as they are smart and friendly species.

A female can learn about 100 words while a male can learn about several hundred words.

45. Parakeets should not be fed human food as salt intake is bad for their health.

46. They are green in color.

However, they are available in a wide variety of colors now that they are being bred in captivity.

47. In Australian Habitat, parakeets have natural enemies such as snakes and big predatory birds.

48. In total, parakeets have four toes in an X shape.

Two toes facing front and the other two facing back.

49. Parakeets pee and poop at the same time.

50. When a pet parakeet throws upon you, it means he likes you and sees you as a family member.

The vomit is a gesture to feed you.

51. Parakeets are monogamous and stay in a stable lifelong relationship.

They decide to get another partner only when their lover is dead as they tend to grieve a lot at their partner’s death and may even die themselves.


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