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How Long Do Pet Parrots Live?

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Having a pet bird has many perks, and they are very sought-after pets. However, one thing that you need to consider, is how much of a commitment taking on a new pet really is. With the lack of predator animals in captivity, you are likely to have a parrot who lives longer than in the wild. So, how long do pet parrots live? There is quite a large difference in breeds and lifespans. However, the rule of thumb is; the smaller the bird, the shorter life expectancy.

Small parrots such as budgerigars usually live between 5-15 years, while large parrots like the African Gray can live for 60 years or more. Of course, there are exceptions and differences in lifespan, depending on how the bird is treated. Other birds will have different lifespans, and typically, the lifespan of them coincides with their size. For example, a Canary will live around 10 years, and Macaws can live for between 30 and 50 years. Therefore, it is imperative to check how long the species that you want will live, and make sure you have the ability to dedicate that time to them.

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