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 takes patience. The average lifespan of the parakeet per other websites, is about 9-11 years so they are among the shorter lived of the parrot family of birds. I owned a parakeet that lived for 15 years so the average age is slightly off.
Parakeets are wonderful entertainers. Not only can they learn to talk but sing as well. They can also do the strangest things. Below is a video of a parakeet on a hamster wheel.