Parakeets or budgies? Which one makes a better house pet? Which one is easier to train? Are they different at all? If you’re wondering if you should get a budgie or a parakeet, we have all the answers for you!
Here’s the thing, and hold onto your hats, cause it’s a doozy: all budgies are parakeets, but parakeets may or may not be a budgie!
Budgies vs. Parakeets
Part of the difference between budgies and parakeets depends on where you are in the world. These birds are generally called parakeets in the United States. The rest of the world calls them budgies. And, for the most part, they refer to the same type of bird. However, budgies and parakeets are not exactly the same.
The Difference Between Budgies and Parakeets
See, the word “parrakeet” is technically a term used to describe a type of bird that is small in size and whose tail feathers are long and bodies are slender. Parrakeets are a type of parrot. Some parrots that are considered as parakeets are the mustache parakeet, bourkes parakeet, grass parakeet, monk parakeet, and the Indian Ring-necked Parakeet.
Budgies (short for budgerigar) are a kind of parrakeet and are commonly called parakeets in the United States. According to the book, “Parrots Of The World” by Joseph M. Forshaw, the budgerigar and parakeets share the scientific name, Melopsittacus Undulatus.
How Budgies Got Their Names
There are several theories as to how the budgie got its name. One theory states that it came from Australian slang, “budgery”. The bird species is a native from Australia, and they mostly live in dry grasslands. Usually, the tiny birds move in flocks. Their diet consists of insects, grains, seeds, and grasses.
The budgerigar was first recorded in history in 1805 by the British botanist and zoologist George Shaw. At that time, the British were colonizing Australia and were sending back specimens of plants and animals to England for further study. The first budgies arrived in England in 1840. Because people wanted to keep them as companion animals, captive breeding began in 1850.
By 1870, the first color variation through selective breeding was first recorded. There are many varieties of these birds available. They have many astonishing color variations and mutations that make them look so beautiful. The budgie is also considered as the third most owned pet after dogs and cats.