The little pet cage bird, the parakeet comes from Australia. In Australia they are still found in large wild flocks. The parakeet is also known as a budgerigar in the USA, but the name parakeet is becoming more popular. The parakeet can be taught to talk but it take patience. The average lifespan of the parakeet is about 9-11 years so they are among the shorter lived of the parrot family of birds.