Corella nymphs are gentle birds with a funny crest and beautiful plumage. Having appeared in the house, after a while they become members of the family, because the owners often ask themselves how many years are the Corella parrots living and can their life be extended?
How long does Corella live in the wild
Many believe that the birthplace of Corellia Australia is a blessed country with an abundance of water in rivers, warm air, a variety of trees and shrubs, rich in delicious fruits. On the one hand, it is, on the other, no.
How much the Corellians live in their natural environment is affected by the conditions in which they have to seek food and hide from enemies.
- Parrots often encounter drought and the need to travel many kilometers in search of clean water and plentiful food. Not everyone is able to tirelessly fly long distances and die. Many birds consume contaminated water and then die from the outbreak of epidemics.
- Predators present eagles to Corellas: eagles, falcons, peregrine falcons. Nymphs fly slowly and fly away from swift birds of prey, and especially from the fastest bird in the world – peregrine falcon, they have practically no chance.
- Many birds fall into the hands of hunters who are engaged in their capture and subsequent sale, or simply eat.
- For farmers, the attacks of hungry parrots are quite destructive, because they are exterminated as pests.
- Moreover, forest fires that often flare up during drought are destructive for birds.
Therefore, it is not surprising that the life expectancy of a Corella parrot in the wild does not exceed 10 years.
How long do the corals live at home
At home, the care of food, clean water and protection from dangers rests with the owners of parrots. Depends on the owner’s experience and his ability to create favorable conditions for his pet, how many years the nymph corella will live in captivity. Usually their life expectancy averages 16-18 years.
If the owner will try and bring the conditions of the parrot almost ideal, and, of course, if the bird has good genetics, there is a chance that the number of years of life of the cockatiel will increase to thirty years.
At one time, the British magazine "International Zoo Yearbook" was given information about the parrot, who lived 35 years, but so far more information about the same centenarians has not appeared.
Who lives longer: male or female
The life span of a male Corella is somewhat longer than that of a female. Here, physiological features influence the life expectancy. The ability of females to lay eggs leads to wear of their organisms.
In the natural habitat, birds are guided by natural factors and acquire offspring during the rainy season, when there is a lot of food. In captivity, the owners often provoke Corell to reproduction. The main thing is that they take into account that for the restoration of females after the reproduction of offspring, a break between egg laying is required at least six months, and preferably a year.
When the female makes the clutch, 5-7 chicks appear in the nest in 21-23 days. For about two months, their parents feed them – this is if they are not ready to make new masonry. And it may be such that one offspring did not really manage to become independent, as soon as new chicks appear.
A female whose offspring appears several times a year will not be able to live a long life.
What determines the life expectancy
If you are concerned about the question of how many years the cockatiel parrot is able to live in captivity, make sure that its conditions are safe. It is important to be prepared for the fact that you will have to spend a lot of time with the bird, communicate and care for it, patiently endure its endless chatter and screams. A domesticated budgie should be able to fly around the room from time to time, and you can’t keep the bird in a too small cage.
When choosing a home for a parrot, you need to proceed primarily from the size of the pet. Given that the corella can grow up to 30-33 cm, it needs a fairly spacious metal cage or a rectangular aviary. The approximate dimensions are 40x50x100 cm. It is good if the cage has a sliding tray – it will be easier to clean your pet in the apartment.
The cage is not installed in a draft, not in direct sunlight and away from heating appliances.
Inside the cage you need to equip the necessary accessories:
- feeders for different types of feed;
- car drink (better if it will be vacuum);
- perch from unprocessed fruit tree branches from the bark;
- toys (ladders, ropes, swings, a small mirror, rattles in the form of balls, bells, etc.);
- bath for bathing.
If you do not want to place a bath (bathing place) in the cage, from time to time organize your pet water procedures in the bathtub under a shower or faucet, or spray it with water from a spray bottle.
With a varied and balanced diet, corals live much longer than those birds whose diet is poor and monotonous. Nymphs are granivorous; therefore, the basis of their diet is grain feed.
Fresh fruits, citrus fruits, vegetables, greens (especially celery, dandelion leaves and carrot tops) will enrich the feathered diet with useful substances.
If the birds are not busy with reproduction, cottage cheese and eggs can be given to them no more than once a week.
Attention! In no case do not feed parrots with human food and products from your table. Bird nutrition should be as natural as possible.
It is important to give vitamin and mineral supplements to Corella in courses – this will affect how much it lives in your house.
The microclimate in the room where Corella lives is another important factor affecting the life of a parrot. The temperature in the room should not be lower than 18 ° C, but it is advisable not to exceed 25 ° C, try to keep the air humidity at 70%.
It is especially important to monitor the air humidity during the heating season when the air becomes too dry. To moisturize, you can hang wet towels near the parrot cage or install a humidifier.
When you bathe a parrot, it is also important what is the temperature in the room. The delicate creatures of the nymph-corella are sensitive to drafts and sudden changes in temperature.
However, you can not keep birds in a stuffy, not aired room.
The sharp smells of perfumes, the evaporation of Teflon coatings in pans, paints and varnishes, tobacco smoke, chlorine and air fresheners can poison the parrot and significantly reduce its life.
An important factor influencing how many years a Corella will live in captivity is adequate lighting. Daylight hours in natural conditions – 10-12 hours. Try to create conditions for the pet that are as close to natural as possible:
- in the evening, after sunset, when Corella instinctively prepares for sleep, do not make noise near her home and cover with cloth to provide her with the opportunity to relax;
- in winter, when daylight hours are much shorter, turn on an ultraviolet lamp near the pet. Such lighting will not only extend the daylight hours, but will also give the bird the ultraviolet necessary for its health and vision.
Stress and Sleep Quality
Talk to Corella as much as possible. Many birds living at home are unable to communicate with their flocks. For them, your family becomes a pack, so it is important that the bird does not feel lonely.
A variety of stressful situations can shorten the life of a Corella. Changing the environment and the owner, the appearance of a new pet or family member, even a cramped cage – all this can cause stress in the bird. Loud music, sharp screams, too active children trying to play too actively with a parrot, banging and tugging at the cage are other common causes of stress in Corell.
Important! Feathered, stressed, you need to leave for some time in peace and quiet. A calmed-down parrot will again become active and cheerful.
After buying a parrot, you need to give him time to adapt. Do not try to immediately accustom your pet. A bird that has experienced stress during transportation is unable to adequately respond and perceive what is happening. In a calm environment, she will quickly get used to it and will be ready to communicate with you.
Protect the parrot from active relatives and pets, a calm and friendly surrounding atmosphere can give it a few extra years of life.
All living beings need a quality rest to restore strength. For Corell, sleep is considered sufficient for 10 hours in the summer and 12 hours in the winter. Organize your pet so that your pet can always fall asleep at the same time and sleep at least 10 hours a day. Best of all, a dense tissue will help you with this, which cover the cell in the evening. It will provide the feathered bird with the necessary darkness and silence.
Causes of early death
- inattention to the symptoms of Corella disease, and, as a result, an advanced disease with a fatal outcome;
- airing a room with a parrot in it, which can lead to a cold;
- an unclosed window into which the parrot flew away;
- poor quality food and contaminated water;
- electric shock due to wire gnawing;
- direct rays of the sun falling on the cage with the pet left on the windowsill;
- parrot injuries: they released a bird that didn’t get used to the new situation and flew into a mirror, window glass or furniture;
- inattention of the owner: they slammed the door, not noticing the pet sitting on it, and crushed it;
- poisoning by poisonous houseplants, building materials or drugs, to which the parrot had access;
- getting into containers with water in which the bird can drown (pots with soup, toilet bowl, bucket, etc.);
- lack of care and attention on the part of the beloved owner, because of which the bird falls into depression.
As you can see, the responsibility for how long Corell will live with you depends on your attentiveness, care and knowledge.
How to extend the life of a Corella
Ideal conditions for a long and healthy life at home are:
- a spacious cage with all the necessary accessories that are regularly cleaned from contamination and disinfected;
- quality food and water; getting a Corella, you should not save on feed for her – this directly affects how much she will live with you;
- communication, caressing, stroking and scratching, approval on your part – the key to the mental health of the parrot;
- timely response to symptoms of pet dysfunction (changes in mood, appearance, litter, appearance of discharge from ears, eyes, cesspools) and a call to the veterinarian;
- creating a comfortable microclimate in your home, especially since temperature, humidity and the absence of harmful fumes are the conditions for a good and long life not only of Corell, but also of their owners.
Caring for a Corella parrot is similar to caring for a small child. The bird is completely up to you, on the conditions that you create for her to live. You have every chance to prolong the pet’s life and rejoice in communicating with him for many years, trying to create ideal conditions for keeping.
It’s interesting to learn how to properly contain the Corella and check the quality of the grain for its feeding in this video: