My daughter got Sam when he was less than a year old and he is now 38 years old. My wife and I have been taking care of him for the last 30 years and we are wondering how much longer it's going to go on. Not that we don't like him, but how long will this go on? Does anyone with a Mustache Parakeet have any experience that can help us?

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  • Lovely bird. Congratulations for looking after him so well.
    – Mick
    Dec 15, 2017 at 21:44
  • I ask everyone if they want a bird and never had a taker. We are just trying to outlive him.
    – Bob Austin
    Dec 15, 2017 at 21:56

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This bird has had a good life and has lived longer than expected. The normal lifespan for this type of bird is about 25 years; some longer like yours and some shorter.

It can possibly keep going for another year or two but this is impossible to say for sure. One day you will find it dead in the cage and this will probably be unexpectedly hard for you.

Here is some information about the bird: https://www.thespruce.com/moustached-parakeets-as-pets-390268

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