The parakeet is the most commonly owned bird in the world, in part due to the fact that these birds entertain people by speaking words and phrases. A parakeet is part of the parrot species. Of all the parrot species, the parakeet has the largest vocabulary.
A parakeet named Puck holds the Guinness Book of World Records title for words spoken by a bird. He has been documented to say more than 1,700 words and phrases.
Some parakeets are bred for shows. These birds are often as much as 2 inches, or 25 percent, longer than parakeets that are found in the wild. Parakeets have as many as 3,000 feathers on their bodies.
The average life span for a parakeet is between five and 10 years, though it is possible for a parakeet to live much longer under the right circumstances. The oldest known parakeet lived for 29 years.
Though parakeets appear to be mostly calm, their bodies work hard to keep running. A parakeet's heart beats more than 200 times per minute, and its average body temperature is 102 degrees Fahrenheit.
In Australia, the bird is called a budgerigar, or budgie. Wild budgies can fly hundreds of miles in search of water.