The budgerigar is one of the most popular pet birds due to their size, their playful nature, and the fact that they are easy to care for. A pet budgie will soon become a much loved member of the family. Here’s what you need to know.
The budgerigar is native to Australia and it is a small member of the parrot family. They weigh around 30-40 grams and they are roughly 18cm from head to tail. They are naturally green and yellow with black markings on the nape, back, and wings but breeders have created a number of other colours as well including blues, whites, and yellows. You can even find budgerigars that have small crests.
The budgerigar can be a great talker and they have a huge talent for mimicry. They will live for 7-10 years on average.
Budgerigars are active birds that like to fly and climb so you should make sure that they are in suitable housing. An aviary is ideal but if you are keeping your budgerigar in a cage, make sure that they have plenty of room to stretch their wings and climb about. It is a good idea to use natural wood as perches in the cage or aviary and to have cuttlefish available. This will help your budgerigar keep its beak and claws trimmed.
There are special seed mixes available for feeding your budgerigar. Apart from these seed mixes, you can feed your budgerigar fresh fruits and vegetables such as apples, and green leafy vegetables (but you should not feed them cabbage or lettuce). Always make sure that your budgerigar has plenty of fresh drinking water, and it is also a good idea to include a shallow dish of water that they can bath in.
It is important to keep your budgerigar’s cage clean in order to prevent possible diseases from occurring.