Parrots are one of the most popular pets globally, and it’s not hard to see why. They’re beautiful, intelligent, and can make great companions. But before you bring a parrot home, you should know that they have a long lifespan—some species can live for over 100 years!
So if you bring a parrot into your home, know that you are getting a friend for life. Depending on the species, the parrot lives as long as you do – or even longer. That means you’ll need to be prepared to care for your parrot for a very long time.
Why Parrot in wild live shorter?
Parrots in the wild typically have a shorter lifespan than those in captivity due to the many dangers they face daily.
Predation, disease, accidents, and harsh weather conditions can all take their toll, and many wild parrots do not live to see their first birthday. However, those who survive and reach adulthood can live for 20-30 years or more.
Although most parrots live longer in captivity, some species live longer in the wild. For example, the Edwards’ Fig Parrot can live in captivity is 20 to 30 years but in the wild for up to 50 years.
Parrots in captivity usually live much longer than those in the wild. They are protected from the dangers parrots face in the wild and receive regular veterinary care.
But of course, this largely depends also on other factors, such as their species, size, how well they are cared for, and their diet.
As a general rule, we can say that the larger the parrot is, the longer its lifespan is. That is especially true in captivity. Here the birds can reach their entire lifespan.
But there are several other factors that have a bearing on the expected lifespan of a parrot, like its species, diet, environment, and genetics. Also, if the parrot gets enough sunlight and lives alone or with a partner matters.
Parrots are long-lived birds, and their life expectancy can vary depending on the species, or more precisely: on their size. The larger the parrot, the longer it tends to live. For example, macaws can live for up to 50 years, while the small budgerigars typically only live for about ten years.
A parrot’s diet is crucial to its overall health and life expectancy. A healthy diet for a parrot should consist of various fresh fruits and vegetables and good quality pellet food.
- Parrots that are well-fed, have plenty of fresh water, and are kept in clean cages will usually live longer than those not.
- Also, parrots allowed to fly and exercise regularly will tend to live longer.
- Additionally, parrots that are not exposed to cigarette smoke or other pollutants will have a better chance of a long life.
According to the Guinness Book Of World records, the oldest recorded parrot was a Cockatoo named Cookie. He was 83 years old when he passed away in 2016 in the Brookfield zoo in Chicago.
But there was even a cockatoo with a reported lifespan of 120 years. That made him the oldest bird of all time. His name was Cocky Bennett, and he reportedly lived from 1796 to 1916.
Parrot life expectancy by species
Here is a list of 287 parrots sorted by expected lifespan.
However, keep in mind that these are just average numbers, and the actual lifespan of your parrot may differ. As we have seen, a parrot’s actual lifespan depends on many factors.
|Brehm’s Tiger Parrot||< 3 month|
|Rufous-fronted Parakeet||3 years|
|Night Parrot||5 to 10 years|
|Budgerigar||5 to 10 years|
|Bluebonnet||5 to 10 years|
|Dusky Lory||5 to 10 years|
|Green Parakeet||6 to 12 years|
|Lilian’s Lovebird||10 to 15 years|
|Pacific Parrotlet||10 to 15 years|
|Plain Parakeet||10 to 15 years|
|Black Lory||10 to 15 years|
|Kakariki Parakeet||10 to 15 years|
|Pacific Parrotlet||10 to 15 years|
|Cockatiel||10 to 15 years|
|Green-cheeked Conure||10 to 15 years|
|Yellow-collared Lovebird||10 to 20 years|
|Barred Parakeet||10 to 20 years|
|Chattering Lory||10 to 25 years|
|Fischer’s Lovebird||15 to 20 years|
|Eastern Rosella||15 to 20 years|
|Blue Lorikeet||15 to 20 years|
|Peach-faced Lovebird||15 to 25 years|
|Nanday Parakeet||15 to 25 years|
|Cape Parrot||15 to 25 years|
|Jandaya Parakeet||20 to 25 years|
|Spectacled Parrotlet||20 to 25 years|
|Golden Conure||20 to 25 years|
|Quaker Parrot||20 to 25 years|
|Superb Parrot||20 to 25 years|
|Mitred Parakeet||20 to 30 years|
|Sun Conure||20 to 30 years|
|Eclectus Parrot||20 to 30 years|
|White-bellied Caique||20 to 30 years|
|Crimson Rosella||20 to 30 years|
|Rainbow Lorikeet||20 to 30 years|
|Meyer’s Parrot||25 to 30 years|
|Derbyan Parakeet||25 to 30 years|
|Alexandrine Parakeet||25 to 30 years|
|Australian King Parrot||25 to 30 years|
|Carolina Parakeet||30 – 35 years|
|African Grey Parrot||30 – 70 years|
|Red Lory||30 to 40 years|
|Greater Vasa Parrot||30 to 50 years|
|Black-headed Caique||30 to 60 years|
|Hyacinth Macaw||40 to 50 years|
|Senegal Parrot||40 to 50 years|
|White Cockatoo||40 to 60 years|
|Scarlet Macaw||50 -70 years|
|Cuban Amazon||50 to 60 years|
|Military Macaw||50 to 60 years|
|Great Green Macaw||50 to 70 years|
|Yellow-naped Amazon||50 to 80 years|
|Galah||50 to 80 years|
|Mealy Amazon||60 to 80 years|
|Palm Cockatoo||80 to 90 years|
Parrots are long-lived animals and can live for many years when well cared for. While there are many factors that can affect a parrot’s lifespan, with the right environment and care, your feathered friend is likely to enjoy a long, happy and healthy life.