Budgerigars, also known as “common pet parakeet” or “shell parakeet” and often referred to as “the budgie,” are very enchanting birds to care for and very low maintenance at the same time. These birds are also considered as one of the most underrated parakeet.
Budgerigars are very ideal pets especially for first time bird owners. But before getting a fascinating parrot as your pet, it’s very important that you know what it is inside out! Like many other things, you need to have proper knowledge and spend a lot of time to really research and understand the origin of these birds.
In this way, you will determine whether this pet is the right choice so that you know what you are dealing with.
On the next sections, you’ll be introduced to the friendliest and one of the most low profile parrots in the world. Prepare to meet Budgerigars!
Facts about Budgerigars
Parrots belong to the subfamily Lorinae scientifically, and are birds native to wild and dry areas of Australia.These birds life expectancy is about 14 – 20 years or more!
They are relatively small parakeets, and their warm and friendly attitude towards people makes them a fun choice for pets.
These parrots have been popular since the 19th century, especially when scientists brought them to Europe. In the wild, Budgerigars are miniature birds with variety of colorful feathers such as green with yellow, with black stripes and markings, and dark blue-green-black flight and tail feathers, Due to the color change, they now present a series of different jelly bean colors, in addition to red and pink, but also yellow, white, purple, gray, sky blue, cobalt, and lavender.
These parrots are omnivorous and usually feed on seeds, insects, fruits and nuts. They are very cool and have an interesting trick! Most Budgerigars are generally easy to train and can be well-behaved as long as you provide them with adequate attention, interaction, and love.
If you are willing to spend time and energy looking after them, they can easily become part of the family and a caring partner. Parrots may be difficult to distinguish because their appearance is very similar to other parakeets. They display small, iridescent blue-violet cheek patches, with a light green body color. Their wings have greenish-black flight feathers and their beaks do not protrude much.
Their average size (including tail) is about 7 inches long, with a wingspan of about 10-14 inches, and weighs 30-40 grams. Its average life span is 15-20 years. The longest recorded lifespan of a parrot is 26 years, although sometimes it can only survive for at least 5-10 years. In terms of their behavior and personality, they are notorious for their sharp screams and bold attitude.
They will destroy and chew on any available objects, require a lot of interaction, and sometimes pierce strange faces. However, once they know you, they are easy to tame and very friendly. These parrots are omnivorous and usually feed on seeds, insects, fruits and nuts.
Budgies are bisexual; female budgies have white or light blue, tan or brown batik (head), while males usually have blue or purple-blue batik except for color mutant species. In terms of reproduction, Budgerigars reach their sexual maturity as early as 6 months old and breeding period usually occurs between June and September; females’ clutch size ranges from an average of 4 – 6 eggs and incubation lasts for about 18 – 21 days. Just like other parrots, parrots can also be trained to imitate human speech and use their bifurcated trachea to imitate other sounds, which are equivalent to human vocal cords. Male parrots are usually singing people, especially when courting.