Budgerigar Parakeet Behavior

Budgerigar behavior should give you food for thought, whatever it would be. The budgie is a bird who loves to live in large groups. When he/she is alone, parakeet behavior changes to include fear and makes him/her doubtful. In this article we will discover together what the secrets are and how a happy, loving, worried, anxious, nervous and (hope not) sick budgerigar parakeet behaves.

A happy budgerigar behaviorbody language

Learning body language and budgerigar behavior will help us easily recognize the moments when our budgie feels good, is sick or wants your attention. Thus, we will become more responsible and will strengthen the master-companion relationship. Unfortunately, these behaviors are less known by parakeet  lovers. Let’s discover them together!

  1. Budgerigar behaviorSinging, talking, whistling The budgerigar parakeet is happy and cheerful.
  2. Beak Grinding A sign of gratitude, can be heard when the bird is sleepy.
  3. Tail wagging Budgie is happy to see his master.
  4. Scratching an object   Satisfaction after a good meal.
  5. Feathers shaking  The budgerigar escapes from dust particles. It is also a method by which the budgie changes the  mood, removing the stress.
  6. The chirp  Indicates gratitude or talking practice.
  7. Wings apart  Is due to excessive heat. Your budgie needs some fresh air!
  8. Yawning  Occurs after fatigue. Repeatedly yawning is a clear sign that the air is poorly oxygenated.
  9. Sits in one leg  For some parakeets this may be the preferred sleeping position. Sometimes it can be a sign of a disease.
  10. Puffy feathers  In this way the budgie heats up. Between feathers is forming small layers of warm air and the body heat remains constant.
  11. Stretches his leg back –  It is a way to get rid of tension, but can occur as a greeting to his master.                                                                                                                                                       
  12. Keeps the beak on the feathers back  Your companion is tired! This sleep occurs after excessive fatigue.
  13. Lifting wings sideways If it’s done quickly it is a sign of recovery after relaxation. Sometimes budgies use this method when courting a female (budgie courtship behavior) or when they want to impress an opponent.
  14. Regurgitation  When the parakeet is healthy, it is a sign of great affection. In this way birds feed their chicks and show this type of behavior towards their mate as an attractiveness form.
  15. Cleaning of other birds’ head  or even your  head  Is how your companion says „I like you!”,” I loooove you!”


An aggressive budgerigar behavior

If you notice one of the following behaviors in your budgie, do not get angry and do not hit him/her! Never! Be calm and try to determine the cause of the budgerigar behavior.

  1. Open beak accompanied by whistling and screams  Is a clear sign that the bird will bite.
  2. Quickly pupil expansion/contraction  Warns us that the parakeet  is nervous or scared and should not be touched.
  3. Aggression towards the new bird and to his master  The budgie is jealous.
  4. Defend a place in the cage, guards the bowl with food Budgerigar parakeet claims the territory.
  5. Bite  Means that the bird is frightened or feels threatened.
  6. The wings up and down  May indicate aggression, frustration or a desire for attention.
  7. Going with the head bent down to someone  Is an aggressive budgerigar behavior meant to intimidate. If he/she keeps the head up, it is an invitation to play with them.
  8.  Head bending, body hardening, squatting, opened tail feathers, rocking from side to side, opened beak, and dilated pupils are clear signs that the bird is nervous and you have to give him time and space to calm down.


Mating behavior at budgerigars

  • Female and male budgerigar do the same thing simultaneously, synchronizing
  • Chirp at each other
  • Sit side by side
  •  Feed each other
  • Choose a nesting area and defend it together

Budgies who do not get along with each other – are incompatible

  • Do not communicate with each other
  • Sit on opposite sides of the cage

Budgie screams – What it means

When budgerigar behavior is incomprehensible, you will find it in the following lines: Maybe something is missing or they desire something. Many parakeet breeders said from experience that their budgerigars  scream only when their needs are not met: bath, food, toys, sweets.

A parakeet which is given attention and has fulfilled desires is a happy budgie parakeet, and will vocalize a lot. In nature, parrots scream to communicate with each other, to indicate a danger, to indicate a fruit tree or simply to attract a mate. When you notice a strange budgerigar behavior  it may be because the bowl is empty, wants to get attention from his master, or he/she feels threatened, or isolated from others.

For example, a life partner’s disappearance  is (just like us) a true drama for your companion. Isolating a budgie when the whole family gathers at home leads to very high screaming because of his unhappiness. The budgerigar parakeet is intelligent and feels like us, and we should give him/her something  to prevent boredom.

In nature, they are busy with daily activities, but in the cage they have nothing to do but to attract our attention by screaming and playing around.


  • Understand your budgie’s behavior better using this guide.
  • How to have the perfect parrot: healthy, happy, and thriving for years to come – See this guide.

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