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How Long Do Parakeets Live?

How long do parakeets live A parakeet (sometimes known as a conure) is any one of several medium to large sized parrot species, in several genera, which normally have long, slender tail feathers. The older spelling of the word is baroque, but most commonly, the term parakeet refers to the African parakeet. The older version is now considered a subspecies or even an endangered species.

The African or Cape parakeeta lives in the wild only in the wild. It does not breed naturally in captivity. It is the smallest of the Parrot species and has the least amount of color variation. In fact, it may appear a very pale yellowish brown. It has long black feather tufts with white, yellow or orange markings. It has an iris, which may be slightly darker than its eyes. It also has a small bill, and blackish markings on the wings.

Like the Australian parakeeta, the African parakeet is an aggressive bird and is aggressive towards other parrots and birds of prey. It is also a “parasitic” bird, meaning that it can eat its own feces, though it will often refuse to eat a bird’s feces. As a result, it is best to remove a parakeet from its cage if it begins to pick its feather tuft off its body, as the feather tuft could have bacteria present which can cause sickness.

The African or Cape parakeet is not very noisy and may be quiet during the night, unless disturbed. It is somewhat territorial and will fight other parrots, even other parrots of the same species, especially the African Greylag Goose, Cockatoos, and Macaws. It may even attack other birds of prey such as cockatoos, gazelles and seahorses. It is not aggressive towards humans and is usually very friendly and affectionate towards humans it meets.

The African or Cape parakeeta can live up to 30 years, but it may live longer, in captivity. This lifespan can be increased significantly with proper diet and exercise. They prefer to be kept in a cage or aviary, but should also be allowed to roam freely in your home.

For most, this short lifespan can mean that they are happy in their natural habitat and live a long life in a home. If it is decided that your pet should be released into the wild, it would be a good idea to check with your local wildlife authorities.