Budgerigar or common pet parakeet is an intelligent talking bird native to Australia. This smart social bird can develop outstanding vocabulary. To your surprise, budgerigar also held a Guinness record in 1995. This incredible spcies have developed a vocabulary of 1728 words. Not all birds of this species have got such great potential. But some species can learn 300-500 words and sentences.
Budgerigars have a tendency to imitate the words repeatedly used by their owner. At the same time, when two or more Budgerigars are together, they would never listen to their owner. Because, in such situations, they give more preference in spending time with other budgerigars. Both male and female budgerigars have skill to imitate human speech. But male birds seem to be better at talking more words in the right tone than females.
The budgerigar, also known as the common pet parakeet or shell parakeet and informally nicknamed the budgie, is a small, long-tailed, seed-eating parrot. Budgerigars are the only species in the Australian genus Melopsittacus and are found wild throughout the drier parts of Australia where the species has survived harsh inland conditions for the last five million years. Budgerigars are naturally green and yellow with black, scalloped markings on the nape, back and wings, but have been bred in captivity with colouring in blues, whites, yellows, greys and even with small crests. Budgerigars are popular pets around the world due to their small size, low cost and ability to mimic human speech. The origin of the budgerigar’s name is unclear. The species was first recorded in 1805, and today is the third most popular pet in the world, after the domesticated dog and cat.
The budgerigar is closely related to the lories and the fig parrots. They are one of the parakeet species, a non-taxonomical term that refers to any of a number of small parrots with long, flat and tapered tails. In both captivity and the wild, budgerigars breed opportunistically and in pairs.