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How long do parakeets live for?

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I always thought they only lived to be around 8 years old but a new employee at my place of work has informed me she has two that are nearly 15 years old! I never thought of them as animals that live a long time. I mean I know parrots can but parakeets!?
 
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I believe the average is 15 years but they can live up to 30 in some cases. The one I had as a child lived to be about 13 years. I am not sure why he died but my mother believes it was down to her forgetting to close the window the one night it got chilly out and the draft killed him.
 
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