One of the most popular pet bird species for many years has been the beloved Budgerigar, or "Budgie" for short. Wonderful companions for bird owners both young and old, Budgies continue to delight and entertain bird lovers around the world with their adorable personalities and hilarious antics. Budgies aren't all fun and games, though -- there are actually some very interesting facts about these little birds that might surprise you. Check out the information below to learn a few things about Budgies that aren't quite so well known about them. It may even help clear up a few popular misconceptions about these birds that have seemed to endure within the culture of bird ownership for many years!
1. Budgies are parakeets, but parakeets are not all Budgies!
Some people refer to Budgies by their full name (Budgerigars), and some people simply call them "Parakeets." While those who refer to these birds as Parakeets aren't exactly wrong, they aren't 100 percent correct, either. The thing is, there are many, 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 smaller, normally only reaching lengths of up to 8 inches. Because of these vast differences in size and more, it is often better to refer to these birds by their true name, instead of just calling them "Parakeets."
2. Budgies are among the smallest true parrot species.
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For years, many bird lovers touted Budgies as the smallest of the true parrots, but that is not exactly 100 percent true. It is now known that Parrotlets
are also true parrots, and they are just a smidgen smaller than Budgies are, coming in at 4 1/2 to 5 inches in length as compared to the Budgies regular 7 or 8. Regardless, it can be said that Budgies are among
the smallest of the true parrot species, and many Budgie owners still take delight in letting others know about that!
3. There are two different types of Budgies.
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Not many people realize that there are actually two distinct types of Budgies
-- the normal Budgerigar, hailing from Australia, and the larger English Budgie, bred in England specifically for show and the pet trade. While the two are clearly both Budgies, there are vast differences that can be noted if the specimens are observed side by side. For one, English Budgies are usually 1 to 2 inches longer than their Australian counterparts, and secondly, the English variety have decidedly larger heads and "puffier" feathers around their faces and crowns.
4. Budgies can learn to talk better than many of the larger parrot species.
It is widely known among bird lovers that it is virtually impossible to adopt a feathered friend that is 100 percent guaranteed to be a talking bird
. However, it is hard to deny that Budgies certainly have a knack for it, and many times they speak with greater clarity and broader vocabularies than larger parrot species such as Macaws and Cockatoos. While their voices are small and gravelly-sounding, Budgies have delighted their owners for years with their impressive abilities of picking up on human words and phrases, and ever using them in proper context. Because of this, they are a great choice for those new to bird ownership who would enjoy owning a talking parrot.
5. The only "normal" color for Budgies is green.
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While people are normally accustomed to seeing a variety of colored Budgies for sale in pet shops, the only normal color for Budgies in the wild is the yellow/green variety. All other Budgies, including the Blue Budgies, White Budgies, and others, are color mutations
bred specifically for the pet trade.