What Do Parakeets Eat?

Parakeets in nature eat a variety of seeds, fresh fruits, nuts, flowers and small insects. When keeping a parakeet in captivity, owners should feed birdseed mixes made especially for parakeets, along with some fresh greens, fruits and vegetables. Bell peppers, broccoli, apple, lettuce and squash are all good choices. They can even be fed small amounts of cooked meats, such as chicken and turkey.

Parakeets are a group of medium-sized parrot species. Many parakeet species can be kept as pets, but the most common is the Australian budgerigar, or budgie. Budgie parakeets are not picky, and they tend to eat anything their owners put in front of them. However, it is important to feed them natural, unprocessed foods since processed foods can be hard on their digestive systems. Other species sometimes kept as pets include the ringnecked parakeet, Australian rosella and the lorie.

Parakeets are native to warm climates in Australia, Central America and South America. Some parakeets also live wild in North America; they are the products of tame birds released into the wild. Parakeets are commonly bred to be sold as pets, rather than being captured in the wild. A female parakeet sits on approximately six to eight eggs at one time.