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This weeks animal of the week is the Budgerigars, more commonly known as budgies. Budgies are native to Australia and live on grassy plains. They also spend some time in woodland.
They are green and yellow in the wild however selective breeding has produced various combinations of blue, green, yellow and violet. They have a large head and no distinguishable neck. Males have a blue seer (flesh above the beak) where-as females have a brown or pink seer.
Budgies live in groups and are sociable birds and require stimulation in the shape of toys and interaction with humans or with other budgies. Males are typically cheerful, extroverted, and very vocal. Females are typically highly dominant and more socially intolerant. They show signs of affection to their flockmates by preening or feeding one another. Budgies feed one another by eating the seeds themselves, and then regurgitating it into their flockmate's mouth.
Budgerigars, especially females, will chew material such as wood. When they feel threatened, it will try to perch as high as possible and to bring its feathers close against its body in order to appear thinner. Tame budgies can be taught to speak, whistle and play with humans. Both males and females sing and can learn to mimic sounds and words and do simple tricks, but singing and mimicry are more pronounced and better perfected in males.
Budgies that haven't been handled from a very young age can be quite nervous and will avoid human contact. They can be hard to catch and will bite once caught, which can be quite painful.