Study Up On Pet Budgie Birds

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Just after dogs and cats, the little budgie bird is one of the most beloved pets worldwide, and it's understandable why. The little, affordable, and friendly budgie may with the right training. The meaning behind the official term "budgerigar" is unknown, however most pet owners find this small bird to be a fascinating companion regardless of nomenclature.

Budgies aren't all fun and games, though, so before you bring one home, make sure you're not in for any surprises. Here are some key things to know about budgie birds. 


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    Close-up of budgerigars perching on branch

    Budgerigars are referred to by their entire name by some individuals, whereas parakeets are used by others. Although budgies are parakeets, there are other varieties of parakeets that come in a range of hues, forms, and sizes. While budgies are much smaller than parakeets, some, such as the Indian ringneck parakeet, can grow to be very enormous, measuring up to 16 inches from head to tail. It is more correct to refer to these birds by their proper names because of the enormous variances in size and other characteristics.

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    Budgies are fairly little, yet they are not the tiniest parrots—that honor belongs to the parrotlet. The majority of budgies kept in captivity range in size from the tip of the beak to the tail between 7 and 8 inches. Even smaller budgies may be seen in Australia, where they are endemic.

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    Few people are aware that there are two different breeds of budgies: the classic Australian budgerigar and the bigger English budgie, which was developed in England primarily for exhibition and the pet trade. Even though it is obvious that both of these are budgies, they differ when put side by side. English budgies have bigger heads, puffier feathers around their cheeks and crowns, and are typically 1 to 2 inches longer than their Australian counterparts.

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    Budgies Can Learn to Talk Better Than Some Larger Parrots

    There is no way to ensure that your budgie or any other parrot will pick up on human language. But budgies are clearly talented at it, frequently speaking with more clarity and a wider vocabulary than larger parrot species like and cockatoos.

    Budgies have an astonishing capacity to pick up on human words and phrases, occasionally even utilizing them in the correct context despite the fact that their voices are tiny and gravelly-sounding. If you want to buy a talking parrot but are new to bird ownership, they are a fantastic option.

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    Green Is the Only Natural Color for Budgies

    The only naturally occurring color of budgies in the wild is the yellow/green type, despite the fact that people are typically used to seeing a range of colored budgies for sale at pet stores. All other budgies, including the white and blue varieties, were developed particularly as pets due to color mutations. Although these birds are healthy, it's unlikely that you would see a blue budgie in the wild.

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    Budgies are quite cheap to feed and care for because they are little. Contrary to common perception, a budgie's diet should not just include seeds; doing so might actually be harmful to their health. Veterinarians advise feeding budgies a diet that consists of and fresh produce, such as leafy greens and berries. Budgies can be given a little number of seeds as part of this diet as long as pellets, veggies, and insignificant amounts of fruit make up the majority of their diet.

  • How old is my budgie?

    There are a number of ways to figure out the age of your budgie:

    Look at the stripes on its head: if they reach down to its beak, it's three to four months old.

    View the colors of its beak: dark—like black—beaks are a sign that your budgie is under 12 weeks old.

    Next, take a look at your bird's eyes: black eyes, with no visible irises, show the bird is less than five months old. If the budgie has a white iris ring, it's at least eight months old.

  • What's the difference between a budgie and a parakeet?

    All parakeets are budgies, but not all budgies are parakeets. The budgerigar, sometimes known as the budgie, is the most common kind of parakeet. The most popular parakeet is the Australian-native budgie.

  • How do you help a molting budgie?

    If your budgie is molting, it will be itchy. Give yours a shallow dish of water to use to bathe itself. You can also use a plant mister to give him a spritz.