HOW TO TRANSLATE YOUR BIRD'S AGE TO HUMAN YEARS
Original Articles by TheSprucePets.Com
You might be familiar with converting a dog's age from "dog years" to "human years" to relate it to a human lifespan. But that comparison doesn't work as easily for a bird's lifespan. Depending on the species, avian life expectancies widely vary, with large birds generally having longer lifespans than small birds. In fact, most large parrot species have lifespans similar to humans or even longer in some cases. However, for other birds you have to do a little math to calculate where they're at in life.
Pet Bird Lifespans
The rate at which the bodies of many large parrots age is remarkably similar to that of the average person. This means the birds enter their life stages, such as middle age and old age, at roughly the same time humans do. And they develop age-related health issues, such as arthritis, during the same life stages, though this largely depends on their genetics, diet, and exercise regimen.
It's not as straightforward to pinpoint the life stage of many smaller species because their lifespans are much shorter. Some examples of these birds that are popular as pets include cockatiels, lovebirds, and quaker parrots. These particular species have an average life expectancy of around 20 years with quality care.
The average life expectancy for a human is around 80 years. So one could say a cockatiel that is 10 years old is actually around 40 years old in "human years." It's true the cockatiel is middle-aged at that point. However, that sort of calculation won't always work. Cockatiels generally reach adulthood at 1 year old, but humans wouldn't be considered adults at age 4.