How to Tell the Age of a Parakeet?

If you’ve ever wondered about the age of your feathered companion, you’re not alone.

As a parakeet owner myself, I’ve often pondered how to tell the age of these delightful birds.

In this article, we will explore the various methods and indicators that can help us determine the age of a parakeet, also known as a budgie.

From their physical characteristics to behavioral cues, we’ll uncover the secrets to unlocking the age-related mysteries of these beloved avian companions.

So, let’s embark on this feather-filled journey together and become adept at identifying the age of our charming budgies!

Examining the Parakeet’s Cap Feathers to Find Their Age

Parakeets Age by Head Cap

For Parakeets Younger than 3 to 4 Months

For checking the age of young parakeets, you should always look for the strips on the cap of their heads, which end on the base of their upper beak.

strips on the cap of their heads

If you find these symptoms in your Parakeet, then your parakeet’s age is less than three months.

For Parakeets Older than 3 to 4 Months

When your Parakeet is older than four months it will start losing the strips on its head, but not Parakeet loses the strips; the strips are also replaced by the yellow or black colored feathers.

strips on the cap of their heads adult

So when you see that the Parakeet has lost its stripes and yellow or black colored feathers (according to the breed of Parakeet), then your Parakeet’s age is above four months.

Here you have to note that if your Parakeet is of rare quality, then don’t rely on the cape feathers, but you can find the age with the other methods in the list.

Looking at Parakeet’s Eyes and Beaks to Determine Their Age

For Parakeets that are Below 12 Weeks of Age

For the parakeets that are below 12 weeks of age, you will notice that they have excess pigments on their beak.

The pigments will get even darker when the parakeet ages with time.

Parakeet Pigmented Beak

When the parakeets reach a specific age, these pigments will be absorbed.

This then results in a normal or pink, brown, or violet beak.

You can also check the age by the eyes of the parakeets.

To check the age, you have to notice the iris.

This is a ring of color surrounding the black pupil of the bird’s eye.

If they don’t find the iris ring or the eyes are completely black, then the Parakeet is below five months.

For Parakeet Older than Five Months

If you find the dark gray iris, which is the surrounding of the Parakeet’s eye.

With Parakeet’s age, this iris develops accordingly.

There you will know that your Parakeet is not below 12 weeks because a baby parakeet does not develop iris.

But Parakeet aged more than five months have dark gray iris in the eye.

If you find out that your Parakeet has a dark gray iris in the eye, then your Parakeet is between the age of five and eight months.

For better results, check the eye of the Parakeet in the natural sunlight.

This way, you will get the view to check the iris in the eye of the Parakeet.

For Parakeets Age More than Eight Months

You can also check the age of the Parakeet, whose age is more than eight months by the iris.

If your Parakeet’s age is more than eight months, it develops a light gray or brown iris.

This is because as Parakeet aged, the iris lightened.

The Parakeet developed the light iris as it ages and if your Parakeet has a light gray or brown iris, then the Parakeet is more than ten months.

Parakeets Iris for Determining Age

Using Parakeets ID band or Breeding History to Determine its Age

You can use this method to find the age of the Parakeet; this method involves finding the numbers on the band which is attached to the leg of the Parakeet and calling the number to find out the pet shop or its previous owner.

Parakeets ID Band

On the band, you can also find the age and origin of the Parakeet.

But there is a drawback in this method that if the band on your Parakeet is blank then you can find the age of the Parakeet in this manner.

You can examine the numbers as:

  • The set of letters that are written first on the band is the identification of the company that issues the band.
  • The next set of numbers that are written on the band identifies the breeder.
  • These are the most important set of numbers as they define the age of the Parakeet.
  • The last set of numbers identifies the pedigree number of the bird.

Check the Age by the Color of the Identification Band

You can also find the age of the Parakeet by the color of the band.

If the band of the Parakeet is issued by the Budgie bands, then your work is easy because they issue the bands with the color that determines the age of the Parakeet.

You can visit the American budgerigar society website and check the age by matching the color of your Parakeet’s band.

You can also check the age of the Parakeet by simply calling the previous owner of the Parakeet.

This is the simplest method in the list, but if you don’t know about the previous owner or you don’t have the contact number of the previous owner, then you can check the age by other methods.

But there are also some drawbacks of this method as sometimes the previous owner provides the wrong information about the age of the Parakeet because they want to sell it to you.

So this can be a major problem as you won’t get the right age of the Parakeet from its previous owner.


In conclusion, learning how to tell the age of a parakeet can be both an engaging and rewarding experience for any budgie owner.

By closely observing various physical attributes and behavior patterns, we can gain valuable insights into our feathered friend’s ages and better understand their unique needs.

From the distinct colors of their cere to the texture of their feathers, each clue offers a glimpse into the different life stages of our beloved parakeets.

As we become more adept at recognizing these age-related signs, we can provide tailored care and attention that aligns perfectly with their developmental requirements.

Remember, determining the age of a parakeet may not always be an exact science, but a combination of factors and informed guesswork can help us make reasonably accurate estimates.

Consulting with avian experts and veterinarians can also provide valuable guidance in the process.

As we continue to bond with our feathered companions, let’s cherish the joy they bring to our lives and remain committed to providing them with a happy and healthy environment throughout their journey with us.

Whether they are newly hatched chicks or seasoned adults, each stage of a parakeet’s life is a testament to the wonders of nature and the special connection we share with these delightful avian companions.

So, let’s continue to learn, care, and appreciate the beauty of our parakeets, celebrating the many cherished moments we have with them.


How can I determine the age of my parakeet?

You can estimate your parakeet’s age through various physical and behavioral cues. Factors like cere color, feather patterns, and the presence of barring or stripes on the head can provide valuable insights into their age.

What is the cere, and how does it indicate a parakeet's age?

The cere is the fleshy area located just above the beak. In young parakeets, the cere is usually softer and pink or purplish in color. As they mature, they may change to a more vibrant color, like blue in males or brown or tan in females.

Can the color of a parakeet's legs indicate its age?

Yes, a young parakeet’s legs are usually smoother and have a slightly pinkish hue. As they age, the legs may become more textured and take on a darker, more defined color, such as bluish or grayish in most cases.

Is there a way to tell the age of a parakeet based on its feathers?

Yes, the markings and patterns on a parakeet’s head feathers can be indicative of its age. Younger birds may have stripes or bars on their heads, which tend to fade as they mature.

Do parakeets' eyes change as they age?

Yes, a young parakeet’s eyes often have a dark, almost black appearance. As they grow older, the eyes typically transition to a lighter shade, usually becoming more prominent and colorful.

Should I consult a veterinarian to determine my parakeet's age?

Consulting an avian veterinarian is advisable, especially if you’re uncertain about your parakeet’s age or if they show any health concerns. A vet can examine the bird more thoroughly and offer professional insights into their age and overall well-being.

Last Updated on July 29, 2023 by Lily Aldrin

About Lily Aldrin

I am Lily Aldrin. I attended Cornell University, where I obtained my degree to become an Ornithologist so I could pursue my love of these magnificent creatures in and out of their natural habitats.

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