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Sunday, 7 July 2013

Budgerigar

Budgies are members of the parrot family, along with the cockatoos and macaws.

An adult budgerigar weighs between 25 and 35g, equal to a small bag of crisps. They have a very high metabolism eating their body weight in the morning and again at night.


A budgie's heart beats 300-500 times a minute. The human heart beats 75 times a minute.

Some budgies can mimic up to 70 human phrases. and are said to assign names to their offspring.

Males are better at talking than females.

In the 1950s Sparkie the budgie had a repertoire of 383 sentences.

The largest vocabulary for a talking bird was 1,728 words recorded for a budgerigar in 1994.

Naturalist John Gould brought the first budgie from Australia in 1840. Now there are one million in the UK.

Budgerigars are well adapted to their desert habitat and can survive for a month without drinking.

Budgies glow in the dark; females are attracted to males with feathers that absorb ultraviolet, thus making them glow.

“Budgerigar” is a version of the Aboriginal for ‘good bird’.

Sources Daily Mail, Radio Times

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