The budgie is without doubt one of the most recognized companion birds available. Native to Australia, where the budgie still lives in huge flocks in the grasslands areas, the budgie was first introduced to Europe in the 1840’s and then later becoming hugely popular in North America by the 1950’s, being found in almost every family home!

Budgies, also known as parakeets, captivate the hearts of people worldwide with their charming personalities and vibrant plumage. These small, colorful birds are cherished for their playful nature and ability to mimic human speech and sounds. In the wild, budgies form strong social bonds and communicate through chirps and calls. As pets, they thrive on interaction and can be taught tricks and commands. With proper care and attention, budgies can live long, happy lives, bringing joy and companionship to their human families. Whether flying freely in the Australian outback or perched happily in a cozy cage, budgies continue to enchant bird enthusiasts of all ages with their beauty and intelligence.

Budgies are lively, active, vocal, and highly social. You must be prepared to spend time every day with your budgie, holding him, talking to him, and loving him. If you feel you would not be able to devote time every day for your budgie then it is highly recommended to have at least two budgies together so they can devote themselves to each other. They will still love and recognize you of course, but you will become second to each other as first loves!




Once you have decided on your budgie’s social life, looking after them is fairly simple. Always provide fresh water, and as they are foragers naturally, provide them with a variety of foods to eat. A mixture of seeds, (supplemented with a good Vitamin) along with a pelleted diet, cuttlebone, mineral stones and a variety of fruits and vegetables.


Here is a list of tasty and safe fruits and veggies.

Carrots


Broccoli


Spinach


Sweet Potato


Apple (no seeds)


Banana


Strawberries


Melons


Never feed your budgies, avocado, chocolate, beans, and apple seeds!



Budgies should have a large vertical cage as they enjoy climbing. Provide plenty of toys and a mixture of perches in different sizes and textures. This will provide stimulation to prevent boredom as well as offer exercise most importantly to their feet. They can use the different textures of perches to also rub beaks and toes on. A cozy home can hang from the top to use as a sleeping nest.


Your budgie should live a long and healthy life of up to 10 years. As a companion they can provide you with hours of fun and amusement as they entertain you with their wonderful mimicry and all the words they can learn!



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