Budgies - Fascinating Facts about our Feathered Friends
1. Budgies are native to Australia and live in small flocks. They are nomadic birds found in open habitats such as grasslands.
2. The first recorded description of the budgerigar was made in 1805 and the first budgie was brought to Europe by an English ornithologist named John Gould in 1840. The first captive breeding began during the 1850s. During the 20th Century, the budgie became a favourite pet.
3. The budgie’s natural colour is green but we have bred other colours including blues, violets, yellows and greys. Pet budgies, sometimes known as English budgies, are about twice as large as their wild cousins.
4. Budgies have very flexible necks. They have more vertebrae in their necks than humans do, allowing them to swivel their heads up to 180 degrees, or allow them to face backwards.
5. Budgies, like most flying birds, are very light. They may only weigh around 25g.
6. Like most birds, budgies have really acute vision. They will watch everything that you do. They can also see colours in the ultraviolet spectrum.
7. Budgies are among the most vocal of all pet bird species, and most budgies can at least say a few words! They also tend to have a greater vocabulary and clearer voices than most other pet birds.
8. Budgies enjoy the company of other budgies but they will talk and bond to their humans.
9. You can determine the gender of the budgie by looking at the cere, the portion above the beak (like a nose). Boys have blue ceres and girls grey.
10. If you’re looking or a smart, friendly, attractive and not too costly pet, a budgie may be perfect for you.