Native Region / Natural Habitat
A Guide to Making Friends with Your New Pet Budgie!
All pets must be kept in a clean environment to avoid the spread of dirt and contaminants to yourself and others. Please remember that all pets may bite or scratch, and may transmit diseases to humans. Young children, infants, pregnant women, people with compromised immune systems and the elderly are at greater risk of infections and should use caution when in contact with pets or their homes. Budgies are native to Australia and have been domestically bred since the s. In the wild, the only colour to occur naturally is green, but through selective breeding, a variety of beautiful colours are available.
Care & Feeding
Budgies are playful, love food and they can rival any parrot in terms of talking ability. The wild budgie is similar to the birds we see today in pet shops, though smaller between 6 and 7 inches long , and only found in the nominate color, green. Europeans became charmed with the birds, which bred readily, making them a staple pet in wealthy homes. The Budgie was displayed at the Antwerp Zoo in Belgium around , and began to gain in popularity, not only with the wealthy. Australia banned exportation of Budgies in , and the Europeans had to breed their existing stock in order to continue the hobby. The budgie is native to Australia, where it still dominates the grasslands in large, undulating flocks. The wild budgie is similar to the birds we see today in pet shops, though smaller, and only found in the nominate color, green. They breed in the rainy season when water and food are plentiful, and nest in hollowed out trees or tree limbs. They can be pesky to farmers, and are especially dangerous to grain crops.
The little budgie bird 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. 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. Some people refer to budgies by their full name budgerigars , and some call them parakeets. But while budgies are parakeets, there are many different types of parakeets, and they come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. Some parakeets, like the Indian ringneck parakeet , are very large—reaching lengths of up to 16 inches from head to tail—while budgies are much smaller. Because of these vast differences in size and more, it is more accurate to refer to these birds by their true name. Most budgies in captivity average between 7 or 8 inches from the beak to the tip of the tail.