Budgerigar

Growth Size

Budgerigars grow to an average length of 18 – 20cm.

Lifespan

5 – 7 years.

Temperament

Cheerful and friendly, Budgies are fairly docile little birds. They like to play games, and are generally quieter than a parrot or parakeet.

Training Difficulty

Intelligent enough to easily pick up a few tricks, these birds can even learn to mimic human speech.

Recommended Owners

Budgies make excellent pets for kids. They are relatively easy to care for and can help develop an interest in animal husbandry.

Origin

Native to Australia, the first instance of the Budgie was recorded in 1805. By the 1850s, the bird had made its way to Europe and the first captive breeding programs were starting. Various colour mutations followed, and during the 20th century they gained popularity as household pets.

Diet

A commercial Budgerigar food supplemented with fresh fruit and vegetables. A mineral block should also be provided.

Please note! The dietary guidelines specified above are only a guide and feeding may vary based on your pet's size, activity level, and metabolism.

Grooming

Budgies will need their nails regularly clipped to prevent them from growing too long. They will also enjoy giving themselves the occasional bath, dunking their feathers into the water and shaking it off.

Comments

Due to selective breeding, Budgerigars come in a huge array of colour mutations. The most common of these being blue and green.