Everything You Need to Know About Budgerigars

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Looking for a pet that is as colorful as you are? Here is everything you need to know about budgerigars!

Originating from Australia, budgerigars are also known as parakeets or budgies. They are one of the smallest breeds of parrots that grow to approximately seven inches in length and weigh between 1.1 and 1.4 ounces.

Budgerigars are known for their outgoing, playful personalities. They love socializing with humans and are endlessly curious, always looking for new areas to explore. Not only do they enjoy the company of their owners, budgerigars have a strong flock mentality. This means that they are happiest when they can be around other budgerigars. Due to this, it is suggested that they are kept in groups of two or more.

Male budgerigars, in particular, are known for their uncanny ability to mimic human speech. They are quick learners, able to pick up simple words or phrases with ease. If you want to teach your budgerigar to speak, the best way to do it is by talking to them on a regular basis.

Due to their size and pleasant nature, budgerigars are one of the most popular breeds of birds to keep as pets. In fact, they are the third most popular pet in the world after cats and dogs! If you are a first-time bird owner or are looking for the perfect pet for children, the budgerigar is the bird for you.

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Body

Budgerigars are approximately seven inches in length with a wingspan of 10 to 14 inches. A full-grown budgerigar weighs between 1.1 and 1.4 ounces.

 

Beak

They have distinctive downwards facing beaks, with the upper portion being strong, smooth and much larger than the lower portion. The upper portion is so big, when the beak is closed is completely conceals the lower portion. 

Coloration

Traditionally, budgerigars are naturally green and yellow with black markings on their neck, back and wings.

Since being domesticated, there are now hundreds of color mutations that fall into two distinct categories: primary color mutations and secondary color mutations. Primary color mutations consist of yellows, grays, and greens, whereas secondary color mutations can includes blues, violets, or any other color of the rainbow.

Temperament

Budgerigars have wonderful outgoing and curious personalities. They love to explore their environment and spend time with their bird or human companions. Due to their size and warm personalities, they make excellent pets for first-time bird owners and children.

Health

A common, but avoidable health issue for Budgerigars is Bumblefoot, an inflammation or infection on the bottom of the foot most often caused by inadequate or dirty perches.

Budgerigars can also display feather plucking if they are lonely or bored and is best dealt it by providing them with new toys or a companion.

Image via: The Telegraph

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Everything You Need to Know About Budgerigars