Budgies in the Wild

So many people tell me they had a parakeet in their family when they were children. The small, cheerful parrot is popular, and has been for many decades. Sadly, few people realize the parrot needs lots of room to move around, even if it is small.

Native to the dry outback of Australia, they move around regularly, covering acres every day. The drive to find food and water keeps them going. This video is awesome: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbA10sNEcw0 (Narrated by David Tennant, OMG!)

Budgies, from the native budgeriegar (an Aborigine word meaning “good food”), are naturally a green and yellow bird with black scalloping bars. Humans have bred them for various mutations and body shapes. Here’s a look at the breeding habits of the wild type. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hh6tvRXeHNo I love this video because there’s no sound except the real noise of the birds and the wind. You can tell the male is feeding the babies, due to the blue nose bump, or nare.

Another great clip, but don’t know how they can say the budgies are sharing information. They are all talking at once! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyfCMrqitWI Don’t you love how they look at the other animals and birds to find good seed and water?

This appears to be a continuation of the same video, showing a black falcon hunting the flock. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUpGRQK7o78 How amazing that they have, well, not a hive mind, but a flock mind!

Of course, as they have been imported around the world, they have found their way into the wild in other countries. Here’s footage of a flock in Tennessee. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4XsfHrQsKU

I love this snippet of a discussion on Parrot Forum about raising your own flock of wild yet tame budgies. Note going in that the original poster, Red Balloon, is known to most of the forum as having a dry sense of humor, but being very dedicated to his birds. http://www.parrotforums.com/budgies-parakeets-cockatiels/2510-wild-budgie-flock.html

What other wild parrots would you like to see videos of? Have a great week!

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