What Is the Average Lifespan of Pet Budgies?

Updated November 21, 2016

The Budgerigar, commonly known as Budgies, are popular birds that make great pets. Budgies are small parrots that originated from Australia. They have been captured and kept as pets since the 1700s. Budgies are small, brightly coloured parrots and can talk well. Budgies typically live between five to 15 years.


Budgies are small in size and come in many different bright colours. They are only 7 inches tall and have long, feathered tails. Budgies can be blue, green, white or yellow. There are many different variations of the shades of colours they can be as well. A male budgie will have a blue nose, while a female one will have a brown nose.


Budgies are omnivores and typically eat seeds, fresh fruit, vegetables and egg. Vegetables provide the budgies with nutrients that keep them healthy. They should never be given caffeine, avocado, chocolate or alcohol as this can harm them. Budgies also like to eat different whole grains and cereals.


Budgies have a short lifespan and, even given the most proper care, most of them don't live longer than five years. Some budgies will live longer, up to 15-years- old. Budgies are known to often get fast-spreading tumours that shorten their lifespan.


Many budgies can learn how to talk. They have soft, raspy voices and can be taught to say things. Given the proper attention, budgies can learn a large vocabulary. Many people find it is best to start with short, simple words to teach their pet budgies.

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