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Parakeets make very good pets as long as they have a lot of attention and love
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Leaving your pet while you go to work is a painful thing. Bored and lonely dogs and cats may eat the furniture and destroy the carpet, and while caged parakeets can't destroy your house, they also become bored. Keeping your parakeet busy is important, as bored birds may pull their feathers, overeat, or harm themselves while attempting to escape their cages or find something to do. Parakeets are natural chewers and may resort to whittling their perches or chewing on plastic seed cups or seed guard panels on their cages. Leaving your bird for a quick trip to the store doesn't require much forethought, but leaving him home alone while you go to work means you must plan ahead to keep him busy and safe when you're gone.
A parakeet can be a fun pet, if you're ready for it. Once you know the basics about these birds, you'll be ready to have a flock of your own!
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The , also known as "budgie" or English parakeet[] or keet, , is probably the most common parakeet. It was first described by zoologists in 1891. It is the most popular species of parakeet kept as a pet in North America and Europe. A parakeet can be a fun pet, if you're ready for it. Once you know the basics about these birds, you'll be ready to have a flock of your own!
Photo provided by FlickrHi, Simone. Thank you very much for the comment. I didn't know about moustache parakeets either until my sister met Petra's breeder!
Photo provided by FlickrA healthy parakeets has: smooth feathers , clear bright eyes , normal stools, a healthy appetite and normal level of activity.
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Parakeets make for fun and entertaining pets, without requiring a lot of maintenance or cost. Given the proper care, parakeets can live as long as 10 to 14 years--nearly as long as cats and dogs. The folowing ten tips will give you the information you need to raise happy, healthy birds!Parakeets are beautiful birds and it can be a lot of fun to keep them as pets. Learn what to feed them, what kind of housing to give them, why it's better to adopt a pair of parakeets, and more!

Please visit to learn about MHS's efforts to protect animals, and to see birds, dogs, cats, and other pets who need to be adopted.All in all, parakeets make great pets. They won't cost you a lot of money nor do they require a lot of your time. Just follow the simple steps above for caring for your parakeet and it will live a long and healthful life. These beautiful little additions to your family will bring you joy each day and all they will ask for in return is a little love and caring. *New* I've added a page with further information on parakeets.The term "grass parakeet" (or ) refers to a large number of small Australian parakeets native to grasslands such as the genus and the . The Australian are also parakeets. Many of the smaller, long-tailed species of may be referred to as "lorikeets". The vernacular name (not to be confused with the ) refers to a species of the genus native to Africa and Asia that is popular as a pet and has become in many cities outside its natural range.Buying a parakeet involves visiting a local pet store or bird breeder, deciding whether the desired bird should be primarily attractive or primarily friendly and choosing an active bird who looks healthy. Choose a parakeet, and keep the wings clipped for its own safety, with information from a pet hobbyist in this free video on pet care.

Expert: Cordell Jacques
Bio: Cordell Jacques has worked in the pet industry for more than 10 years, currently working at Huron Pet Supply in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Filmmaker: Travis WaackMany different species of parakeets are bred and sold commercially as pets, the being the third most popular pet in the world, after cats and dogs. Budgerigars are great companions for any age and can be easily trained if bonded very closely with pet parent.