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.