by Mariah Hughes


Budgerigars – or, affectionately, budgies – may be the most popular pet bird species in the world: most major pet stores sell them for the cost of a quick lunch and aviculturists breed them with ease. Their minute stature makes keeping a small flock cheap and relatively easy. Though they are tiny, budgies are true parrots with big, bold personalities and complex social and emotional needs.

Unfortunately, popularity and ease of access poses a particular threat to the well-being of these quirky, intelligent birds: there are many, many forgotten budgies, purchased as a quick, cheap pet, languishing in too-small, under-stimulating, lonely environments  across the globe.

Read Mariah’s full article here on ways you can make a difference in a lonely budgie’s life.

One thought on “Budgies: Popularity With a Problem

  1. Absolutely agree. It’s really rather stupid that the big chain pet stores still sell them. Taming/befriending those budgies with that unsocialised upbringing is a task many animal-lovers don’t even have the time and patience for, let alone a little kid who can barely focus on his/her homework for twenty minutes a day. May as well catch a wild starling and pray to the bird gods that little Timmy turns out to be its flock mate reincarnated. Seriously, I’m being a bit snarky about it, but it’s true. It is as you said–adopt a bird who needs a home and at least do a good deed or go to a breeder who raises them well and interacts with and socialises them. Budgies sold at the pet stores should at least be sold honestly until the practice is phased out, because people are not getting what they think they’re getting. They are essentially aviary birds and, well, need an aviary (or something like it) and at least one companion.


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