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Budgie Parakeet

Budgie Parakeet

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One of the most popular of all the pet bird species, budgies are a great starter bird for anybody including children. Budgies can have great personality and are relatively quiet and easy to train, and have been known to talk in a solo setting. They are known to come in many colours variations - visit us in-person or inquire online to see what we have available. 


  • Budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus) – commonly called “budgie”, “shell parakeet”, or just “parakeet”
  • Two varieties: American (smaller body, sleeker plumage) and English (larger body, fluffier plumage)
  • Weight: 30-35g
  • Sexual maturity: 6 months
  • Average life span: 6 years
  • Origin: Australia


  • Very playful and active; can be vocal, but quieter than most parrots
  • Budgies can be kept individually if the owner is able to spend a lot of time interacting and bonding with the bird.
  • A pair of budgies will keep each other company, but these birds will usually be less tame and not mimic speech as well.
  • Hand-fed babies and those that have been handled often will be the easiest to hand tame as they mature.
  • Expose early to daily activities in the household. Place cage in area of the home where the family spends the most time.
  • Provide environmental enrichment to reduce boredom. Budgies are intelligent and curious. They are easily amused with simple toys and love to explore their surroundings
  • Budgies should not be allowed unrestricted access in the home where they can encounter numerous dangers. They should be confined to the cage when not directly supervised, and should be housed in a “bird friendly” safe room.


  • Parakeets should not be fed a diet of seed alone. Seeds are nutritionally imbalanced and high in fat, and parakeets that become accustomed to seeds are very hard to switch to a better diet later on.
  • The best option is a pelleted diet specifically formulated for small parrots. Pelleted diets are nutritionally complete and will prevent your bird from picking out only those things he or she likes. Pellets should make up about 75% of the diet.
  • Offer your parakeet a wide variety of fresh foods early on: vegetables, leafy greens, fruits, pasta, rice, beans, sprouted seeds. These items should make up about 20-25% of the diet.
  • Treats, including seeds, should make up only about 5% of the diet
  • Clean, fresh water should be provided daily.


  • Cage should be as large as possible, with the bird able to fully extend the wings and flap without touching the sides of the enclosure.
  • Cage should be clean, secure, safe, and constructed of durable, non-toxic materials, with varied perches.
  • Spacing of cage bars should be ½ in (1.27 cm) or less; horizontal bars provide the best opportunity for climbing.
  • Avoid placing perches directly over food or water to prevent contamination
  • Access to natural light is preferred, but avoid drafty areas.
  • Birds outside of cages need constant supervision to avoid access to other pets, small children, hot stoves, sinks/tubs full of water, and household toxins.
  • Be sure to clean your budgie's cage at least once a week, including food & water bowls, toys, perches, and cage bottom. 


  • Beaks and nails grow continuously - regular trimming is required (as needed). Concrete perches can help maintain nail length in between trims.