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Budgerigar

Quick Information

Pet Status:
Excellent
Talkability:
Excellent

Native to:
Australia
Matures:
9 mos. - 1 yr.
Lifespan:
4 - 13+ yrs


By far the most popular of Parakeet species to keep as pets, the Budgerigar, or "budgie" is an excellent introduction to the world of owning and caring for birds.   Budgies are adorable birds. They are affectionate, incredibly curious and love to talk! They are highly sociable animals, and therefore require plenty of attention, or a companion.

I therefore come to the first important point for consideration: budgies must be given a companion, unless you plan to give them a great deal of attention! If you are honestly thinking of bringing one of these birds into your household, you must consider critically whether you think you can offer your feathered friend the attention he deserves. If not, then this may not be the right pet for you, or you might consider purchasing two.

Of note is the fact that a mirror does NOT count as company. Budgies will happily chat away to a mirror for some time, but eventually, it does seem to wear thin on them. Budgies are highly affectionate creatures, often preening or feeding each other, and chatting animatedly in high pitched chirps. I think it is safe to suggest that this need can not be satiated by a mirror.

A male Budgie holds the world record for largest vocabulary of any bird, at 1,728 words.  Females tend to be more quiet in general, with males being vocal and energetic.  When worked with these little parrots make friendly, intelligent pocket size companions, capable of learning tricks quickly.  They are independent and explorative while still enjoying human companionship.   Budgies are susceptible to fatty tumors and obesity if fed too much seed in the diet.  The varying lifespan corresponds directly to diet, daily exercise and a healthy living environment.

DIET: Diet consists of a pelleted blend, veggies, fruits, nuts, and seeds as treats. A small amount of white meat, such as chicken is occasionally welcomed as well, as is completely cooked egg.