What Are the Different Types of Parakeet Habitats?

C.B. Fox

There are hundreds of different parakeet species and not all of them are closely related to one another. The various species have different needs in the wild and can be found in many different types of environment in Asia, Africa, Central and South America, and Australia. In the wild, parakeet habitats include tropical and subtropical rain forests, coastal wetlands, forests, and other areas with a mild climate and trees for the birds to live in. In captivity, parakeet habitats usually consist of a medium-sized cage that allows the bird enough room to fly for short distances.

In the wild, parakeet habitats include tropical and subtropical rain forests and coastal wetlands.
In the wild, parakeet habitats include tropical and subtropical rain forests and coastal wetlands.

There are a variety of parakeet habitats available for people who wish to keep these birds as pets. Most habitats are in the form of cages that range in size from a couple of cubic feet to 100 or more cubic feet (1 cu. foot = 0.028 cu. meters). People usually keep pet parakeets in medium sized cages that are long enough for the birds to fly across. Parakeets can be kept in smaller cages and taken out frequently so that they can fly around indoors. Large aviaries are often used to house multiple birds and may be large enough so that people can enter the parakeet habitat to interact with their pets rather than taking the birds out of the cage.

Some parakeets may live in arid climates such as deserts.
Some parakeets may live in arid climates such as deserts.

Many parakeet species live in the tropics. Though many parts of the tropics are warm year-round, mountainous areas at high elevation can remain cool or even cold throughout the year. Depending on the species of parakeet, these birds may prefer one or another of these habitats. Tropical parakeet habitats are usually rainy throughout the year, giving these birds plenty of access to water and tropical plants that thrive under wet conditions. Parakeets may use the plants in their habitats for food, shelter, and protection from predators.

The Regent parrot is among the several types of parrots that live in Australia.
The Regent parrot is among the several types of parrots that live in Australia.

Other parakeet species can be found in subtropical climates. These birds are usually hardier against variations in temperature because subtropical regions often have hotter summers and cooler winters than the consistently warm or cool tropical regions do. Rainfall may also be more sporadic in subtropical regions. Parakeet habitats in these parts of the world may include scrubland, savannah, forest, marsh, rainforest, jungle, or even arid landscapes such as deserts. Each parakeet species is suited to only one habitat, however, and many will die if they are moved to a type of climate zone that their species has not evolved to occupy.

Pet parakeets can be kept in small cages and taken out frequently so they can fly around indoors.
Pet parakeets can be kept in small cages and taken out frequently so they can fly around indoors.
Australia and New Zealand are home to many species of parrots, such as the Rosella parrot, Budgerigar, King parrot and others.
Australia and New Zealand are home to many species of parrots, such as the Rosella parrot, Budgerigar, King parrot and others.

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Discussion Comments

Rundocuri

@talentryto- It is also a good idea to provide bird furniture or trees for your parakeets to climb. Since these types of structures are common in the natural habitats of parakeets, they are also great for birds that are kept in captivity.

When you sent up your parakeet cage or aviary, make space for climbing structures. Check with your local pet store to find the best types of artificial trees, furniture, and branches for your pet parakeets and the space you have available for them.

Talentryto

Though you can keep pet parakeets in smaller cages, I think that the best types of environment for them provide plenty of space for them to move about and explore the space around them. I have a large aviary for my parakeets, and they are quite happy. I can tell because they are always singing, and always active.

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