The budgerigar, also known as the common pet parakeet or shell parakeet and informally nicknamed the budgie, is a small, long-tailed, seed-eating parrot.
Budgies are found throughout the drier parts of Australia where the species has survived harsh inland conditions for the last five million years. They are naturally green and yellow with black, scalloped markings on the nape, back, and wings, but have been bred in captivity with colouring of blues, whites, yellows, greys, and even with small crests. Budgerigars are popular pets around the world due to their small size, low cost, and ability to mimic human speech. They can be expected to live around 5 to 8 years in captivity.
Cockatiel's lifespans in captivity are generally given as 16 to 25 years, though it is sometimes said to be as short as 10 to 15 years, yet there are reports of cockatiels living up to 32 years! The oldest confirmed specimen reported being 36 years old. Diet and exercise are major determining factors. Cockatiels are native to Australia, where they are found largely in arid or semi-arid country, but always close to water.
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Finches are typically inhabitants of well-wooded areas, but some can be found on mountains or even in deserts. Finches can live 15 to 20 years; however, the average is probably closer to 5 to 10 years. They come in many different breeds and colours. The bill shape varies from short and rounded to rather long and sharp.
Canaries are kept as a popular cage and aviary bird. Given proper housing and care, a canary's lifespan ranges from 10 to 15 years. Many breeds arose through selective breeding, and they are very popular for their voices. Canaries were once regularly used in coal mining as an early warning system for toxic gases such as carbon monoxide, methane or carbon dioxide.