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Parakeets Budgies Facts for Kids

Updated on July 17, 2012

Budgie factsheet for kids - I've spent a lot of time with pets in my house and at workplace. Fish and aquarium being one of my strong pet hobbies, naturally i found myself attracted towards parakeets over time. Not that i wasn't attracted before but it was really hard for me to spend time with them from aquarium care and research. After spending a lot of time with parakeets i learned many things that help any newbie to take care of their birds. So if you're looking for tips on parakeet care then keep reading you'll learn a lot of things in this hub.

Parakeet Profile

  • Scientific Name - Melopsittacus undulatus
  • Color - Green, Blue, Yellow, Gray, White
  • Lifespan - 7-15 years (or even 18-20 years in some cases)
  • Sleeping Hours - 10-12 Hours a day

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Parakeet Budgies Facts

Behavior - Parakeets are friendly, easy to train and bond type of birds. Being a bird from parrot family tree they can be trained to talk. They prefer to live in flock whenever possible or no matter how much they fight among each other. They do make a lot of noise around people they know or care and in some cases sit still for hours without making a sound if they're around stranger.

Gender - If the parakeet is below 1 year of age then it's really hard to notice the gender of parakeet. You can take them to avian vet or professional breeder to know the gender of parakeet. There are some blood or DNA tests that vet usually do to find out the gender of the bird or they've learned few more tricks which helps them to find out.

Food - There are plenty of food items which are not suitable for parakeets. Before serving them anything make sure you know if it's good for their health. Read more about parakeet food before you give them any which may or may not be suitable for their health. Don't just feed the seeds to your bird all the time. You should give them multiple foods in order to keep them happy and healthy.

Diseases - Parakeets usually don't show symptoms of illness because they're worried about natural predators who hunt them if they're sick. In such case only way to find out if they're sick is by observing their droppings, body (beaks, nails and other parts) to check for illness. Many birds do fall ill during their lifespan of 5-7 years due to bacteria and other infection and only way to keep them safe from this is by showing them to avian vet if symptoms are observed.

Pet Shop Owners and Advice  - Many pet shop owners have opened their store only for profit and they rarely give good advice related to birds or any other pet. Make sure you verify every advice they give you by asking in forums or online question and answer sites to see if their advice is flawed or not. More than 90% of advice that pet shop owners in my area give is flawed and is only to sell their birds immediately.


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      Jasmin kitchen 3 years ago

      cool i learnt lots of new facts thax x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x

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      Joel Durant 6 years ago from Canada

      Great article. That is right about pet shops - they have to make a profit. It's best to buy a budgie that is hand fed from a reliable breeder. It's worth the extra money (not much more) and you get a very tame bird.