The most widely distributed parrot (Australia, South East Asia, and parts
Lifespan: Varies depending on Species
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The term parakeets is often used
to describe parrots with long tails with the exception of Macaws. Its one
the largest groups of parrot family. Not many birds of this group are suitable
as companion birds. The suitability of the various species is discussed
below. Most are suited to aviary life.
||Suitability as companion birds
||Too nervous to be kept in doors.
|Larger Australian Parakeets
||As above, although some hand reared Rosellas can become very tame.
Are often shy of close contact with the exception of Alexandrine Parakeet
and some others.
|Young birds can become very tame and bonded to their owners. They
are very jealous by nature.
|| Rather shy. Better in aviary surroundings.
These birds do not take to caged life well.
Of course there are always exceptions. This chart is to give you a guide.
Budgerigars and Cockatiels make wonderful
companion pets even if they are not hand reared, however be sure to get
young birds as it is much easier to tame and train them. These birds can
learn to talk. Even though Love Birds have short tails
we thought we should mention them here. Hand reared love birds make good
pets too, but they must be handled regularly or they might slowly become
nippy and aggressive.