Hello budgie lovers! In this article you will find the answer of most common questions related to parakeets. If you can’t find the answer of your question, do not hesitate to comment below.

General Questions

How long do Parakeets live?

In the wild, a budgies lives up to 10 years due to natural predators and unstable diet.

Parakeets live an average of 15 years, but it depends on the species. Parakeets usually lives between 5 to 20 years. In order for your parakeet to live as long as possible, you have to know how to take care of a budgie properly. The oldest known budgie was almost 30 years old!

Are parakeets a parrot?

Parakeets, also commonly known as budgerigars (or budgies) are actually a type of parrot.

Do parakeets talk?

Yes, parakeets are an intelligent species of birds that has the ability to talk and mimic sounds. Some parakeets have been known to learn hundreds of words from their owners.

How do you know if your parakeet is young?

Young parakeets have stripes on the cap of their head that goes all the way down to the base of the upper beak. If your parakeet has these stripes, the bird is less than 4 months old.

Where are parakeets originally from?

Parakeets originates from Australia. The term parakeet describes any long-tailed parrot.

Are parakeets known by another name?

Parakeets and budgies are actually one and the same. These little birds are commonly called “parakeets” in the United States while for the rest of the world they are known as budgerigars or budgies.

Is it better to get 1 or 2 parakeets?

Two is better, this way your budgies won’t get bored. Parakeets by nature are flock animals, they are not solitary by nature. One reason why you might prefer to have just one parakeet is that a single parakeet is generally more affectionate to his/her owner.

Do parakeets know their names?

Yes, parakeets are able to learn their own names. Most parakeets have the learning capacity of a 5 year old human.

How do I tell a male from a female budgie parakeet?

The gender identification of a parakeet is usually determined by the color of the cere (a fleshy covering which is located directly above its beak). The adult budgie male has a blue cere while the femaile has a pinkish-brown cere. You can read more about Hot to identify the gender of a budgie here.

Do parakeets love their owners?

Usually, yes. Parakeets are social little birds that loves to spend time with their owners.

Should you cover a bird cage at night?

Generally speaking its best for the most budgies to cover their cage during night time. Usually, budgies loves to have just a portion of the cage uncovered and a night light. It gives them a sense that it is time for bed. Note that parakeets require a minimum of 8 hours of sleep each night.

Do parakeets like being petted?

Most parakeets do not like being petted. However, there are other methods to show your affection:

  • Talk to your budgie in a happy, excited voice.
  • Sing to him/her.
  • Whistle
  • Parakeets may enjoy a little show from your side (e.g.dropping different things such as a toilet paper).

Should I let my parakeets out of the cage?

All birds should have a few hours of playtime outside of their cages in order to promote their essential exercise and psychological stimulation.

How messy are parakeets?

It depends on the number of parakeets. Two parakeets should not be too messy. Budgies are often caught throwing seeds, splashing water or shaking feathers off, but it’s all natural, enjoy cleaning!

What causes parakeets to puff up?

There are various scenarios when a parakeet puff up (budgie may look bold, as in bold font). Below are listed a few:

  • Most common – your little parakeet is sleepy.
  • The temperature is too low for them. Puffing up is a way for birds to conserve their body warmth.
  • Your budgie may be happy or upset. Check out other signs, every budgie has an own personality and can act different.
  • Your little one might not feel well. If you notice unusual changes such as loss of appetite or sticky poop, visit a veterinar.

Is it difficult for three parakeets to get along well?

Definitely not. Keep in mind that the more birds you have, the more space you need. Some parakeet owners says that you can have extra males, but not extra females.

Why do parakeets stand on one foot?

Parakeets are often standing on one foot when they’re in a comfortable atmosphere. They usually exhibit this behavior while relaxing and when they are sleepy.

Behavioral & training related questions

Do parakeets like music?

Loud music is a no-no for them. A genre that might put your parakeet’s mind at ease is soft classical. When your bird whistles, sings, talks or chatters along with the song that’s playing, it means that they like what is playing on.

Why do parakeets scream?

If a parakeet is left alone too often or for too long, they can start to scream because the lack of affection they usually get from people around them.

How can I tell if my parakeet is happy?

If your parakeet is happy there will be lots of singing and playing and eating and sleeping!

Are parakeets tamable?

Yes, parakeets can be tamed. However, it’s easier to tame a young budgie than a mature one. You can read tips on taming wild budgies to find out more details.

How do I get my bird to shut up?

A possible way to make your parakeet quiet is to put a blanket over it’s cage. Be patient, these little birds loves to sing.

Questions related to budgie’s health & wellness

What temperatures are good for parakeets?

Parakeets do best with moderate temperatures. Ideal daytime temperatures for these birds range from 60°F (25°C) to 80°F (27°C). Parakeets can withstand heat of up to 85° (30°C) degrees without getting uncomfortable.

Can I give my parakeet fruit?

Yes, it is very good for their health to do so! Parakeets enjoy eating fresh fruits and vegetables. Feeding a variety of fruits will help meet your bird’s nutritional requirements and keep these little birds happy & healthy. Please research about each fruit before giving it to your parakeet. For example, Avocado is NOT good for your budgie!

Is tap water safe for parakeets?

Ask your local authorities about the water report. Breeders usually uses tap water and claim that their budgies are healthy. If you are not sure about the quality of your tap water, a safe method would be if the water goes through a filter.

Can my parakeet have Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

No, it is unlikely to be a problem for your parakeet. Cronaviruses are usually species-specific. This makes it more likely that the virus cannot spread from humans to pet birds. You can read a more in-depth article about COVID-19 and pet birds here.

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