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What Is The Difference Between A English & Wild Type Budgie?

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What Is The Difference Between A English & Wild Type Budgie?

Post by Admin on Fri Mar 31, 2017 12:45 am

Selective breeding over many years have drastically changed the look of some budgies!

There are a number of different names for the smaller original sized budgies including ""wild" "american" and "australian" budgies. The selectively bred to be larger budgies are often called "english" "exhibition" and "show" budgies.

What are some of the differences between these selectively bred budgies? Lets go over some of them


On the left is an American Budgie & On the right is a English Budgie.

Size & Markings

English budgies are 2-3 times the size of a wild type Budgie like you find in most pet stores, and at 2-3 weeks old they are already bigger than an adult wild type budgie as you can see in the picture above.

They also have a much different look to them. They have longer and fluffier feathers, with much more pronounced markings and features than a wild type budgie.

Personality

English budgies generally have a more sweet and laid back personality that you don't usually find in standard budgies. Even my completely untamed English breeding pairs will not bite me when er catch and handle them, unlike the pet type who don't hesitate for a second. Hundreds of years of selective breeding for calm personality for showing causes them to be generally more laid back.

They love to roll on their backs and swing from anything they can find. We often think they should have been born monkeys not birds, and seem more like conures than a budgie in many ways since they are always looking for something to get into and wanting to play, which we love in a bird.

They are also tend to be more gentle then the wild type, and more likely to want to cuddle.

With their larger size and more laid back temperament, they are great for families with younger children or as a first bird for people that have never owned one before.

Noise

English do seem to be much quieter than standards. They do like to sing and chirp some but they are not constantly making noise like most standards are. Their voices tend to be a bit deeper too, and not as shrill.

They also talk more on an individual basis than the wild type we have noticed. 90% of both the males and females we hand feed are beginning to talk before they are even weaned, which is much more than when we hand fed the wild type.

English Budgie Budgerigar Development

The eggs will take about 18-20 days before they start hatching. When they start to hatch, the hatchlings are totally helpless and their mother feeds them around the clock day and night. Around 10 days of age, the chicks' eyes will open, and they will start to develop feather down, which typically indicates the best time for adding closed bands to the chicks (These rings should be about 4.0 to 4.2 mm.)

They develop feathers around 3 weeks of age. (One can often easily note the colour mutation of the individual birds at this point.) At this stage of the chicks' development, the cocks usually has begun to enter the nest to help his hen in caring and feeding the chicks. Some Budgie hens though totally forbids their cocks from entering the nest and thus take the full responsibility of rearing the chick. Depending on the size of the clutch, it may then be wise to transfer a portion of the hatchlings (or best of the fertile eggs) to another pair. The foster pair must already be in breeding mode and thus either at the laying or incubating stages and/or rearing hatchlings. In about 4 weeks the birds are ready to survive on their own.

By the fifth week, the chicks are strong enough that both parents will be comfortable in staying more and more out of the nest. The youngsters will stretch their wings to gain strength before they attempt to fly. They will also help defend the box from enemies mostly with their loud screeching. Young budgies typically fledge (leave the nest) around their fifth week of age and are usually completely weaned a week later. However, the age for fledging as well as weaning can vary slightly depending on whether it is the oldest, the youngest and/or the only surviving chick. Generally speaking, the oldest chick is the first to be weaned. But even though it is logically the last one to be weaned, the youngest chick is often weaned at a younger age than its older sibling(s). (This can be a result of mimicking the actions of older siblings.) Lonely surviving chicks are often weaned at the youngest possible age as a result of having their parent's full attention and care.
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