Parakeet

Our Parakeets, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MA

Where to find the Parakeet (besides Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA!)
Parakeet Facts
Parakeet
Melopsittacus undulatus

Type
Bird

Life Span
15 years

Size
7 inches

Average Weight
1-1.4 oz

Group Name
Flock

Group Size
Varies

Name of Young
Chick

Our Parakeet, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MAFacts

  • Parakeet is the common name for a diverse group of small parrots. Some parakeet subspecies are the budgerigar, the Alexandrine parakeet, the horned parakeet, and the hanging parakeet.
  • Parakeets are very social and often form large flocks that may number in the thousands.
  • They are ground feeders and eat seeds from grasses. They are sometimes considered pests because they eat seeds from crops.
  • These birds are extremely popular as pets. Parakeets bred in captivity tend to be larger than those in the wild.
  • Wild parakeets nest in tree cavities. Multiple pairs will sometimes nest in the same tree for better protection from predators.

Did You Know?

There was only one species of parrot native to the United States. This now extinct bird was the Carolina parakeet. They were wiped out because farmers considered them a pest. They also lost much of their habitat to agriculture.