20 Facts About Budgies That Will Surprise You!

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Did you know that budgies are the 3rd most popular domestic pets in the world after dogs and cats? This ultimately makes people more curious to learn more about these birds.

That’s why, in today’s article, I have decided to share 20 such interesting and fun facts about budgies. So feel free to read the entire article. Trust me, it won’t bore you.

1. Budgies Are Native To Australia

Though budgies are available worldwide, they are originally native to Australia. In the wild, they mostly live in woodlands, grasslands, scrublands, etc.

2. Budgies Live In Large Flocks

Budgies always fly in large flocks in the wild, where a few hundred budgies are seen flying together. But the number can be more or less based on the availability of food and other sources.

3. Budgies Are Omnivores

Budgies are omnivores and mostly eat seeds and seed-based food. Their healthy diet also includes herbs, small plants, grains, chopped fruits and vegetables, insects, etc.

4. Budgies Are Known By Many Names

No, these colorful birds are not known just as “Budgies”. They are often referred to as budgerigar, parakeets, shell parakeets, etc. However, their scientific name is Melopsittacus Undulatus.

5. Budgies Have A Peculiar Vision

One of the most fascinating facts about budgies is that they can see with each eye independently. It also helps them focus on multiple objects at the same time. And because of their incredible vision, budgies can see over 150 images per second.

They also see more colors and patterns than humans, including the UV rays. They also have hidden third eyelids to keep the eyes moist and protect them from dirt and debris.

6. Budgies Are Bright And Colorful

Budgies are stunning and colorful birds. They are widely seen in yellow, green, blue, and more. However, the budgies mostly have a green color in nature. This color helps them blend with nature more easily and escape predators.

7. Budgies Have A Long Lifespan

Budgies have a longer lifespan than most birds of such species. On average, they live 7-10 years, yet some can live up to 15 years.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the world’s oldest pet budgie, Charlie, died at the age of 29 (1948-1977).

8. Budgies Choose One Mate For Life

One of the most interesting facts about budgies is that they are monogamous. It means they only have one partner for the rest of their lives.

They seek out their mates during the mating seasons. If the mate dies, the other budgie will grieve due to the loss.

9. Budgies Can Talk

Budgies are quite vocal and can produce various sounds. They can mimic human voice, tone, and even words. Some are known for singing rhymes and speaking long sentences.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, a budgie named Puck made a record as “The bird with the largest vocabulary.” Puck was known for speaking as many as 1,728 words.

10. Budgies Can Rotate Their Heads

If owls rotating their heads seems fascinating to you, then you should know that budgies can also do the same.

They can rotate their heads 180 degrees as they have more bones in their neck.

11. Budgies’ Hearts Race And Breath Faster Than Humans

Budgies can be inhaled 60-80 times per minute. Their heart rate can be as high as 500 BPM (beat per minute), which is almost 10 times higher than that of humans.

12. Budgies Have No Bladder

You read that right! Budgies don’t have any bladders. As a result, they poop and pee through the cloaca. Interesting, isn’t it?

13. Budgies Poop A LOT

One of the most interesting (some might say disgusting) things about budgies is that they poop a lot throughout the day.

A budgie poops every 15-20 minutes, which means they poop around 60-70 times a day. They don’t poop when they sleep at night, so that’s a good thing.

14. Budgies Can Fly Faster

Depending on the environment and situation, budgies fly at two different speeds. According to The Royal Society Publishing, a budgie can fly  5 m/s  at a low speed and  10 m/s at a high speed.

15. Budgies Communicate Via Body Movements

Budgies don’t just communicate with their voice. They also do so with their movements or body language. They would bob their heads, flatter their wings, or make other significant movements to express various things.

Budgies also use their body movements to express their mood conditions.

16. Budgies Have LOTS Of Feathers

Budgies are feathery birds, and a huge part of their weight consists of their feathers. Baby budgies begin to grow feathers within 10-12 days of hatching. A budgie can have as many as 3000 feathers in their body.

17. Budgies Breed Any Time Of The Year

Unlike many other birds, budgies don’t need a particular breeding season to multiply. While some believe these birds breed after the rainy season, budgies can actually breed any time of the year.

A female budgie lays 3 to 4 clutches of eggs during each breeding season, and each clutch contains 4 to 8 eggs.

18. Female Budgies Can Lay Eggs Without Mating

As unbelievable as it may sound, female budgies can lay eggs without mating with a male if they are exposed to an environment that seems suitable for laying eggs. However, without male budgies to fertilize these eggs, they do not hatch.

19. Budgies Are Warm-Blooded

Budgies are warm-blooded, which helps them regulate their body temperature according to temperature changes. They can tolerate temperatures between 40°F and 110°F.

20. Budgies Can Recognize Their Humans

Many people underestimate Budgie’s ability to recognize people, especially the ones they are close to.

These intelligent birds are capable of identifying and recognizing their owners. Even if you change your appearance slightly, your pet budgie will know it’s you.

In A Nutshell

Budgies are fascinating, aren’t they?

So whether you are a bird enthusiast or a curious bird lover, I believe these facts about budgies will help you out.

I can tell you from my experience that having them will not be regrettable. Understanding these facts about budgies will help you understand their nature and personalities and help you to create a stronger bond.

Before you leave, I recommend checking out this article to find out if a budgie makes a good pet or not: Are Budgies Good Pets?

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