The Budgies are sometimes also called parakeets, as they are members of the parakeet family. There are also two types of budgies – the American budgie or parakeet, and the English budgie. English budgies are larger and have a different appearance than American budgies, but all budgies belong to the same species, Melopsittacus undulatus.
Life Span: 8-15 years
Colors: The normal wild coloration is green with black bars on the wings, back, and head. Through selective breeding a huge variety of colors and patterns are available; such as violet, blue, yellow, pied, albino, and more.
They are a gentle and docile bird, and very easy to tame if acquired at a young age. Pairs of birds make good company for each other, but usually will not bond with their owners or mimic speech as well. A single bird is fine, as long as you spend a significant amount of time interacting with the budgie on a daily basis. Budgies are also very playful and active, and quieter than some other parrots.
Choosing a Bird
It is best to choose a hand fed baby or at least a young bird that has been handled regularly. You can expect to pay more for a hand reared or very young bird, but you should always try to adopt. While widely available at pet stores, these birds may have an unknown history, and older birds will be more challenging to bond with and tame.
Look for a bird that is bright, alert and active. A bird sitting quietly with puffed feathers might be ill and is best avoided. The feathers should be smooth and shiny and lay down flat on the body. The feathers around the vent should be clean, dry, and free of fecal matter. The scales on the feet should be smooth with the nails in good condition. The beak should also be smooth and well-shaped, and the nostrils should be clear and clean.
Variety is the key to a healthy diet for any parrot. Seeds can be a nutritious part of the diet, but are high in fat so should only make up a part of the diet. Pelleted diets are often a good choice for birds as they are nutritionally balanced. Seeds and pellets can be fed in combination, but with both seeds and pellets, a wide variety of other foods should complement the diet. A variety of fresh vegetables (carrots, broccoli, corn, spinach, beans, etc.) and fruit should be offered. Sprouted seeds are also an excellent way to add variety to your bird’s diet.
A cuttle bone can be provided as a source of calcium, but contrary to the advice given in older references and by a number of pet stores, grit is not needed and can be harmful if the bird eats too much.
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