Thursday, December 23, 2010

Simply Amazing Budgie Facts:

  • A budgie has between 2,000 and 3,000 feathers on its body.
  • Budgies have monocular vision, which means they use each eye independently.
  • Budgies have fewer taste buds than humans.
  • Budgies grind their beaks when they are contented.
  • 45% of pet birds kept in the US are Budgies, according to statistics from the American Pet Product Manufacturers Assn
  • Budgies have air sacs in some of their bones (pneumatic bones)
  • The budgie's average resting heart rate is 350 to 550 beats per minute.
  • Budgies can turn their heads 180 degrees (they have more neck vertebrae than humans).
  • A bird can only withstand the loss of 20 percent of its blood (for a budgie, that’s about 12 drops)
  • During breeding season, a female bird's bones become denser as they store calcium--a female's skeleton can weigh up to 20% more during the breeding season that it does during the rest of the year.
  • Vitamin D and protein aid in the absorption of calcium
  • Budgie egg shells are perforated by thousands of tiny holes (pores) that allow the free exchange of gases--mainly carbon dioxide and oxygen.
  • Light plays a large role in stimulating the ovary and bringing the hen into breeding condition.
  • Bird's lungs don't expand and contract to bring in air. Instead the bird's body wall muscles expand and contract--to force the air out and in.
  • Birds do not have a bladder or a urethra.
  • Budgies have semi-plume feathers, which are found on a bird's beak, nostrils (cere) and eyelids
  • Budgies have a 3rd eyelid.
  • In the past, Budgies were also known around the world as Shell Parrots, Warbling Grass Parakeets, Zebra Parrots, Undulated Parakeets, and Canary Parrots.
  • Budgerigar supposedly means "good to eat" in aboriginal language.
  • The average respiratory rate for a budgie is between 65 and 85 breath per minute.
  • The scientific melopsittacus undulatus, means song sparrow with wavy lines.
  • John Gould reportedly brought the first live budgie to Europe in 1840
  • All budgie colors originate from the green and yellow budgie. The first color mutation to appear reportedly was the yellow bird with faint green suffusion in 1872.
  • The first blue budgie appeared in 1878

5 comments:

  1. I love Budgies! I have two. A boy and a girl. The boy is a blue budgie called Beethoven after a famous musical composer. The girl is a white budgie with a light blue tummy and called Snowflake! But Beethoven is starting to develop a crusty beak and we are going to see on Wednesday if we can see what's wrong with him. But as for your page. It's great! Check out my blog! http://antvenomfan.blogspot.com

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  3. hi i'm Macy I have a blue budgie. Her name is Poppy. I got her from Animates.

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