A new pet can be a fantastic companion, but sometimes the novelty can wear off (some pets live for a very long time). You may find that regular cleaning, feeding and handling becomes a time consuming chore. Please try to handle and play with your pet as often as possible, you will find that you will be rewarded with a much happier and friendlier pet. If you are not 100% sure that you or your children will be able to give your pet the attention that it needs then please think twice.
- Average Adult Size: Budgies vary in size from 5 to 11 inches. They’re not the smallest parrots – that distinction belongs to the parrotlet – but budgies are quite tiny.
- Average Life Span: Budgies can live for 10-15 years but have sometimes been recorded to be up to 20 years old.
The little Budgie is one of the most popular pets in the world, ranking just behind dogs and cats, and it’s no wonder. This affectionate, cute bird is small and inexpensive, and if trained properly a Budgie can mimic human speech. These small parrots make delightful pets and are usually friendly and easy to tame. Budgies are members of the parakeet family and there are two types of them, the Traditional Budgie or Parakeet, and the English Budgie. The Traditional Variety is the one most commonly found in pet stores, while the type often seen in exhibitions and shows is the larger English budgie.
Budgies are native to the woodland, grassland, and shrub land regions of Australia where they roam in flocks and forage for food. Like most other birds, they spend all their time in the sky or trees. The name “budgerigar,” is an English version of the Aborigine term “betcherrygah“, which means “good to eat“. Around 200 years ago, Australian Aborigines ate the small birds as a delicacy, which is where the term derives. Thankfully these days this kind of practice doesn’t go on, but the name remains.
The normal wild coloration of a Budgie is a light green with black bars on their wings, back, and head. Typically, mature females have a tan or beige cere (the fleshy part around the nostrils) and the males have a bluish cere but this is an unreliable way to sex a young budgie since both sexes have pink ceres.
Young Budgies also have bar markings on their foreheads that recede with age and their eyes typically have dark irises that gradually become grey with age. Through selective breeding, a huge variety of colours and patterns are available in the pet trade such as violet, blue, yellow, pied, albino, and the classic neon green.
Budgies are gentle and docile birds. They are also very easy to tame, especially if acquired at a young age. Pairs of birds make good company for each other but usually will not bond as well with their owners or mimic speech as well. A single bird can be fine as long as you spend a significant amount of time interacting with them on a daily basis but the mental stimulation and conversation of a bird of the same species cannot be replaced by a human. Budgies are also very playful, active, and quieter than some other types of parrots.