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Welcome to Adorable Budgies

This site started out as a personal website about our birds and aviary. It soon started growing and is now enjoyed by people all over the world. Although the main focus of this website is budgerigars, we often discuss other pet birds in our forum. Our main goals with this site are to be informative, fun and to bring bird fanciers together to share stories, hopes, dreams, experiences and worries.

We will continuosuly strive to bring you the best information and articles relative to budgies, and also lots of photos. We endeavour to keep the site informative as well as letting you know all about us and our 'hobby'.

Budgerigars are special little creatures, full of attitude and personality. We will be posting a few videos to show just how silly they can be. Some will make you laugh, some will make you say Awwww, and some, well they'll just show our birds living the life of Riley in their aviary.

Do any of the following statements sound like YOU?

* You haven't bought a budgie yet, but you're seriously considering it

* You are looking for hints, tips and advice regarding keeping budgies yourself

* You want to get some ideas of how to take care of a budgie

* You already own one or more budgies and are interested in finding out how others keep theirs

* You are looking for a place to find responsible budgie breeders somewhere near you

* You are looking for links to great items to help boost your budgerigars health, happiness and well-being

* You would just like to hang out, look at pictures of cute and adorable budgies and possibly have a bit of a chat with other bird lovers

Then please do stick around, check out all of our pages, view our pictures of budgerigars, visit our budgie forum, check to see if we have any baby budgies ready for new homes right now and basically just enjoy the site!

Click Here to go directly to our forum You will find lots of extra info, Q&A's and photographs of budgies there. Come on in and join us, you can tell us all about YOUR birds too :)

Most Recent Posts in Our Forum:

[Budgerigar Taming Tips and Tricks] Re: Budgie chewing/nibbling my hand! by StingBowie December 19, 2014, 07:28:48 PM
[Sex And Type Your Budgies Here] Sex, mutation & age? by Ashgate December 19, 2014, 05:54:49 PM
[Fun Photo Competitions] Re: December Competition :) by Peggy December 18, 2014, 10:18:45 PM
[Fun Photo Competitions] Re: December Competition :) by Jill December 18, 2014, 09:32:47 PM
[Fun Photo Competitions] Re: December Competition :) by Quilting Addict December 18, 2014, 02:28:59 PM
[Budgie Worries] Re: French moult by StingBowie December 18, 2014, 01:42:41 PM
[Budgie Worries] Re: Odd behaviour by Norma December 18, 2014, 08:16:53 AM
[Budgie Worries] Re: Odd behaviour by feathers December 17, 2014, 09:32:26 PM

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What exactly is a parakeet/budgerigar?


The Budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus, nicknamed budgie), the only species in the Australian genus Melopsittacus, is a small parrot belonging to the tribe of the broad-tailed parrots (Platycercini); these are sometimes considered a subfamily (Platycercinae). In the latter case, the Budgerigar is sometimes isolated in a tribe of its own, the Melopsittacini, although it is probably quite closely related to Pezoporus and Neophema. Though Budgerigars are often called Parakeets, especially in American English, this term refers to any of a number of small Parrots with long flat tails. The Budgerigar is found throughout the drier parts of Australia and has survived in the inlands of that continent for over 5 million years.

The Budgerigar is one of the two Parrots to be genuinely domesticated as a species along with the Peach-faced Lovebird (Agapornis roseicollis). Believed to be the most common pet Parrot in the world, the Budgerigar has been bred in captivity since the 1850s. Breeders have worked over the decades to produce a wide range of colour, pattern and feather mutations, such as blue, white, violet, olive, albino and lutino (yellow), pied, clearwing, spangled, and crested.

Modern show budgerigars, also called English budgerigars and/or Standard-Type Budgerigars are larger than their wild-type (natural form) counterparts, with puffy head feathers, giving them an exaggerated look. The eyes and beak can be almost totally obscured by feathers. Most Budgerigars in the pet trade are not of the show variety (Standard-Type aka English Budgies) and are similar in size and body conformation to wild Budgerigars and thus aptly called wild-type Budgies.

Budgerigars are intelligent and social animals and enjoy the stimulation of toys and interaction with humans as well as with other Budgerigars. A common behaviour is the chewing of material such as wood, especially for female Budgerigars.

Budgerigars can be taught to speak, whistle tunes, and play with humans. Both males and females sing and can learn to mimic sounds & words. Both singing and mimicry are more pronounced and much more perfected in males. As a whole, females rarely if ever learn to mimic more than a dozen words or so. Males can very easily acquire vocabularies ranging between a few dozen to a hundred words. Generally speaking, it is the pet Budgies and even more so the ones kept as single pets which talk the best and the most.

In captivity, Budgerigars live an average of five to eight years, but are reported to occasionally live to 15 if well cared for. The life span depends on the budgerigar's breed (show Budgerigars typically do not live as long as wild-type Budgerigars) and on the individual bird's health, which is highly influenced by exercise and diet.

Although wild Budgerigars eat grass seeds almost exclusively, avian veterinarians recommend captive birds' diets be supplemented with foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, sprouted seeds, pasta, whole grain bread and other healthy human foods, as well as pellets formulated for small parrots. Adding these foods provides additional nutrients and can prevent obesity and lipomas, as can substituting millet, which is relatively low in fat, for seeds mixes. Budgerigars do not always adapt readily to dietary additions, however. Chocolate and avocado are recognized as potential toxins.

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