Budgerigars are extremely flamboyant birds in the same family as parrots. Parrots are not as big as the budgerigar both sizes are preferred as well as pets often with wide color and pattern choices. Even if they are not as big as parrots, budgies can also speak through imitation. The homeland of budgerigars in Australia.
Physical Properties of BudgerigarsBudgerigars are almost the same size as a sparrow. However, some species maybe a little larger. The colors of the budgerigars, whose tails are longer than the normal birds due to being from the parrot family, are also extremely pleasing and eye-catching. Budgerigars are available in green, yellow, blue as the main color. However, they can appear on these primary colors with different patterns and combinations than black and other colors. Budgerigars are 18 centimeters on average and their weight is 40 grams on average. The main colors of budgerigars are usually the abdomen and thigh area. The rest are patterned and of different colors. The tips of the tail feathers of most of the budgerigars are blue. Their beaks are also olive green. The colors of budgerigars can vary according to their environment, hereditary disorders, and changes. It is possible to see colors such as violet, gray, pied, and blue in budgerigars grown as pets. Feathers of budgerigars may show fluorescence under ultraviolet light due to their special structure. Experts interpret this together with the sexual characteristics of budgerigars.
Habitat of BudgerigarsAs we mentioned, the homeland of budgerigars in Australia. Since budgerigars are migratory birds, they are likely to be seen in many areas in Australia. However, they are generally seen in bushes, lawns, and open forest areas. Budgerigars generally roam in flocks. The budgerigars also migrate in flocks, according to the nutrient and water status of their habitat. Since budgerigars are physically insufficient, they are weak in any situation against birds such as starlings and sparrows in nature.
Taming of BudgerigarsHistorical research on the domestication of budgerigars marks the 1850s. Budgerigars are birds that have been involved in domestication with the lovebird. Breeders, who made various studies on budgerigars in their early days, tried to obtain different color combinations from these birds. As a result of these studies, budgerigars with blue color, albino, gray wing, crested, flat wing, opal, purple color, pied, cinnamon color, and scaly appeared. These budgerigars that emerge are larger than wild budgerigars. These budgerigars can also be called English budgerigars among breeders. These budgerigars are more known in the market for their expensive prices. However, the lifespan of these birds is a bit shorter than others. These budgies live for an average of 8 years.
Budgerigars are extremely intelligent, although they cannot be agile and powerful. Also, due to their social characteristics, they can be very close to humans and other birds. In addition to being social, domestic budgerigars can learn to speak and whistle according to the care and attention of their owners. However, as in the parrot budgies, men are more gifted in this regard. Male budgies can learn more than 100 words if they are bred well. The average life span of domestic budgerigars can reach 20 years. However, these living conditions vary depending on the characteristics such as their nutrition.
The Cage Needs of BudgerigarsAlthough budgerigars are small, large space is required as a cage. Because these birds are extremely energetic and mobile. Therefore, for a budgerigar, the cage length must be at least 50 centimeters. When compared to this length, a height of 40 centimeters and a height of 30 centimeters are also required. In this wide area, one or two budgerigars can be fed easily. Choosing a wide cage in this way is also important for the health of the bird. It is necessary to pay attention to the harmony of the birds while feeding the budgerigars together. Especially some females can harm each other because they cannot stand together.
Nutrition of BudgerigarsBudgerigars are birds that usually feed on seeds in a natural environment. However, they can also eat some flowers and fruits. In detail, budgerigars have a wide range of food. These;
- Rooster flower
- Mustard leaf
- Black cabbage – cabbage
- Beet leaf
- Turnip leaf
- broad bean
- Clover grains
- Sesame seeds
- Honey gourd
- Tomatoes are.
All these are the nutrients that budgerigars can consume in natural life. It is also very easy to feed budgerigars who do not have difficulty in feeding by looking at these foods at home. Although many people feed their birds with special food, sometimes it is useful to give them from natural foods. Especially fruits are important in terms of vitamins. The colors of budgerigars that take vitamins are also more vivid.
Reproduction of BudgerigarsBudgerigars breed in their natural habitat, usually between June and September. However, these times may vary according to North and South Australia. This time interval, which is relative to North Australia, is between January and August in the south. However, apart from these dates, exceptions can occur exceptionally. This is related to the good nutrition of budgerigars. Budgerigars are birds that are highly interested in their partners. By arranging the feathers of their spouses with their beaks, they can feed them by vomiting the seeds they eat in their mouths.
Budgerigars make their nests in tree hollows or logs in the ground. In these nests, budgies spend an average of 20 days of hatching. At the end of this period, 4 – 5 puppies are born. These pups leave the nest after one month. During this time, baby budgerigars are fed by the male at the burrow. During the incubation and growing period, mother budgerigars rarely leave the nest.
Newborn budgerigars open their eyes within ten days. At the end of the 3rd week, the hair begins to grow prominently. It is also possible to give offspring as adopted children among budgerigars. In some cases, small feet and lonely mother budgerigars can transfer their offspring to other couples. However, for this situation, the other couple must be in the breeding period.
Coloring and Talking Features of BudgerigarsBudgerigars are generally inherited from two primary colors. These are blue, girl, and white depending on the white color, and green and yellow depending on the other yellow color. Currently, there are budgies in 32 different colors in the world. These different mutations also occur due to their inherited characteristics. This means hundreds of different combinations.
The speaking feature of the lovebirds is that they belong to the parrot family. Budgies can speak thousands of words if they are well trained. There is even a budgerigar in the Guinness Book of Records. It was proved that the budgerigar named Puck, who died in the USA in 1994, could speak 1728 words before his death. In addition to this, in a 2005 incident, he showed that he was chatting with a Canadian budgerigar feeding bird and also revealed the forward-looking feature of budgerigars.