The life expectancy of a parrot excites almost every owner! A lot of conflicting information has been written on this subject on the Internet. Let’s try to summarize this information and dispel some of the myths.
It turns out that the correct answer to the question of the owners will be the average life expectancy of parrots, and not unique cases.
Speaking of average duration, from our point of view it is important to think about why parrots die at home?
Unfortunately, there are no official statistics. But even a cursory reading of the discussion of bird owners on the Internet suggests that a significant number of birds die not from old age, but from the carelessness of the owners:
- failure to provide timely medical care;
- the parrot flew out of the open window;
- bit the electric wire;
- illness due to improper maintenance and feeding;
- something poisonous was eaten;
- crashed on a mirror, glass, wall.
The conclusion follows from the above: if you want your pet to live the maximum long life, then you need to start with the correct content:
Below we will talk about the maximum life expectancy of parrots by species, which is worth striving for. All types of parrots include two facts. On average, in captivity, parrots live more than in nature. Large species live longer than small parrots.
How old is the budgerigar
Budgerigar average life expectancy: 10 years
Maximum – in various sources indicated from 20 to 25 years.
At the same time, if specific examples are given, then the ornithologist V.V. Chuguevsky from his practice he cites only one case, which he recorded when the budgerigar survived to the age of 18. A veterinarian of the Moscow Zoo Karpov N.V. gives an example of the case of a 21-year-old budgerigar.
How old are Corelli
Information on the life expectancy of Corellot parrots varies widely. Various sources give information about 15-25 years.
A small study of the forums of the Russian segment of the Internet showed that there are many people who have lived for about 15 years, some say about 20 years.
At the same time, the International Zoo Yearbook provides an example of a unique case of a 35-year-old Corella.
How old do lovebirds live?
Veterinarian of the Moscow Zoo Karpov N.V. writes that the life expectancy of lovebirds does not exceed 20 years. The following cases are cited in International Zoo Yearbook, Experimental Gerontology, Animal Conservation, Journal of Zoology:
- Fisher’s lovebird (Agapornis fischeri) – 12.6 years. Quite contradictory data are given about Fisher’s lovebirds. Some studies claim that their life expectancy may be only about 8 years, while another publication cites an unconfirmed documented case of a bird aged 32.2 years.
- Lovebird Liliana (Agapornis lilianae) – 19.2 years.
- Red-faced lovebird (Agapornis pullarius) – 18 years old.
How old are Jacques
The maximum recorded life expectancy of captive in captivity: 49.7 years. This information is provided by the international journal Zoo Yearbook.
The same duration is given by ornithologist Kozlitin V.E., but it is not clear whether this is a case from his personal practice or not.
At the same time, there are a lot of myths about the zhako, like other large parrots. For example, Wikipedia calls the life expectancy of 60-98 years. And birdsflight.com (a translation of their review on the life expectancy of parrots was published in one of our news) writes about the 70-80s. Such myths are explained quite simply – large parrots can really live for several decades. This is a long period, therefore a high probability of a change of owners, in turn, information about the age is transmitted by word of mouth, therefore it is inevitably distorted. In other cases, when there was no change of owners, it is unlikely that owners of feathered pets will massively write on their own initiative in scientific journals in order to tell how many parrots live with them.
How old are macaws
Below are the recorded data on the life expectancy of macaws, presented in such publications as International Zoo Yearbook, Animal Conservation, Journal of Zoology. Once again, we pay attention that the registered data are given below, and not the average or maximum lifespan of a macaw.
- Green-winged macaw (Ara chloropterus) – a case was recorded when a macaw at the age of 50.1 changed its owner. There is also unverified information when the bird lived up to 63 years.
- Scarlet Ara (Ara macao) – 33 years. There are also reports of 37.1 and 64 years.
- Lesser Soldier Macaw (Ara militaris) – 46 years old.
- Blue-and-yellow Macaw (Ara ararauna) – 43 years old. Also in magazines there are unconfirmed cases of 50 years.
- Great Soldier Macaw (Ara ambiguus) – 29 years old.
How old are cockatoos?
Below is information on recorded cockatoo life expectancy from International Zoo Yearbook, Animal Conservation, and Brookfield Zoo.
- Kakadu Inka (Cacatua leadbeateri) – 77 years old.
- Moluccan Cockatoo (Cacatua moluccensis) – 65.8 years. Some sources provide information on 92.5 years.
- Sulfur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita) – 57 years old. Another source provides unconfirmed information about the 73-year-old cockatoo.
- Small yellow-crested cockatoo (Cacatua sulphurea) – 49.7 years.
How many years live necklace parrots
Life expectancy information for necklace parrots is from the following publications: International Zoo Yearbook, Animal Conservation, Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London.
- Indian Ringed (Psittacula krameri) – 34 years old.
- Red-headed ringed (Psittacula cyanocephala) – 18.8 years.
- Pink-breasted annular (Psittacula alexandri) – 23.3 years (according to the authors of the study, the figure is significantly underestimated).
- Alexandrov (Psittacula eupatria) – 30 years old (at the time of the study, the bird continued to live).
- Emerald ringed (Psittacula calthropae) – 14 years (according to the authors of the study, the figure is significantly underestimated).
How old are the Amazons?
Information on the life expectancy of Amazons is obtained from the publications: Animal Conservation, International Zoo Yearbook, Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London.
- Blue-faced Amazon (Amazona aestiva) – 49 years old.
- Venezuelan Amazon (Amazona amazonica) – 30 years. Some sources provide unconfirmed information about the 71-year-old Amazon of this species.
- Blue Capped Amazon (Amazona finschi) – 25.8 years.
- Yellow-necked Amazon (Amazona auropalliata) – 49 years old. Some sources provide unconfirmed information on 66.8 years.
- Red-faced Amazon (Amazona autumnalis) – 27 years old.
- Festive Amazon (Amazona festiva) – 24.5 years.
- Panamanian Amazon (Amazona ochrocephala) – 56 years.
- White-faced Amazon (Amazona albifrons) – 25.3 years.
- Red-browed (Amazona rhodocorytha) – 44 years old.
- Royal (Amazona guildingii) – 28 years old.
How many years live kakariki, Senegalese parrot, eclectus and black-headed kaik
Information on the lifespan of kakarika, black-headed kaiks, senegal and eclectus is obtained from the following publications: Animal Conservation, International Zoo Yearbook.
- Red-faced jumping parrot (Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae) – 12.4 years.
- The yellow-faced jumping parrot (Cyanoramphus auriceps) – 9.3 years (at the time of the study, the bird continued to live).
- Black-headed Belly-bellied Kaik (Pionites melanocephalus) – 22.6 years (at the time of the study, the bird continued to live).
- Senegal (Senegal parrot) – 40 years.
- Eclectus (Eclectus roratus) – 28.5 years. Some sources provide unconfirmed information about the eclectus who lived 40.8 years.
What affects lifespan?
As already written above, the longevity of your pet depends on you. One of the most important components is proper nutrition. The article “Feeding Parrots: 5 Fundamentals of the Right Diet” discusses the principles of making a healthy diet. Healthy nutrition should include not only dry cereal mixture, but also sprouted food, herbs, branches, fruits, berries, vegetables and cereals. The material examined in detail each of these elements.