If you have ever wondered how budgies see humans and what do they actually see, you are in the right place. Stay with us to find out more about budgies’ eyesight.
How good is a budgie’s eyesight?
Believe it or not, budgies have better eyesight than human beings. They are smaller than us but they are clear-sighted. Their eyes are located on the edges of their face and that’s why they have this good panorama vision. But also, their attention to detail is pretty great.
One particularly interesting fact about their vision is that budgies are able to see ultraviolet light. Can you imagine how many colors they are able to see? I think we all envy them on this one. They use this ability to choose their partners. Partners who are more colorful are usually chosen.
Their eyesight is much better developed than their smell or taste. They are able to see which fruit is good by just looking at it. So, they do not have to taste it in order to know this.
When they are younger, their eyes are usually black. As they grow older, their eyes become lighter. Mutations are also possible and in this case, their eyes are red.
Budgies’ eyes can enlarge and this means they are cheerful and animated. This is a really good piece of information as it can help us discover how our dear budgie is feeling at the moment.
You can use your eyes in order to communicate with your budgies. Isn’t this amazing? You can blink with your eyes and close them and your budgies will do the same. This is a good relaxation technique. Although making eye contact with a young budgie can be dangerous. Your young budgies can become scared of you because they do not know yet what are your intentions. Be careful with this one!
Their eyesight is great during the day as we have mentioned previously. During the night is the opposite. They cannot see that well during the night. Due to this reason, during the night they might become scared and restless. Every little movement can scare them because they are not able to see what is moving in the dark. You can help them by adding some lamps so they can see a little better and also do not add any new things in the cage before bedtime. This can cause them to start panicking and you don’t want that.
How do Budgies see Humans?
Budgies’ eyes are like cameras that have a macro lens and a zoom lens. This means that they can focus on every little detail that is in front of them.
We can never be completely sure how they see us. But they see a spectrum of different colors and colors that we cannot see. This means that if we look at the same thing, we see it in a different way.
So, what we can say about this topic is that budgies have 4 cones meaning they can see four colors that include blue, green, red, and UV. On the other hand, we can see only 3. This means that budgies’ vision is better developed and they can notice many colors and notice every little detail.
Budgies can very well recognize their owners as well as their voices. These are the first things they memorize. It does not matter whether you have dyed your hair, changed your clothes or style, they memorize your eyes, face, and voice.
According to research, budgies are able to recognize their owners just by looking at a photograph. They see us as someone they can rely on when it comes to food and shelter. Any other people they do not know are considered a possible threat.
If your budgies like you, they will fly to you, produce noises in response to your speech, and sing and follow you everywhere. Sometimes it takes time for your budgie to start trusting you, so be patient. Once they start trusting you, their love is endless.
Can Budgies see in the dark?
As we have briefly explained, budgies cannot see that well in the dark. That is the reason they are a little bit scared of the dark. This does not mean that their vision is that bad but it is just limited. Their vision at night is still better than our vision and they are able to distinguish between different objects in the dark.
We have mentioned you should not move any things in the cage before bedtime and this is important because once budgies get scared during the night they start bumping into things. This can cause them injuries and we do not want that. That’s why they need to be aware of where is everything placed in their cage. It is always good to cover their cages at night as this makes them feel a little bit more secure. Due to bad night vision, budgies can feel nervous and anxious. That’s why they tend to hide during the night. Cage cover makes them feel safer.
But not every budgie’s eyesight is bad during the night. Some research shows that budgies can see very well in the dark thanks to their eye’s blood vessels that allow them to have perfect vision. Mind you, this stands for budgies that are born in the wild. They need this in order to survive in the wild. Today, many budgies are not bred in the wild and this biological trait has been lost.
Can Budgies be blind?
Budgies can be blind and can have additional problems occurring with blindness. They can either be born blind or some injuries later in life can cause blindness. Be sure to check your budgie’s vision often because they can hide their injuries very well.
There are two types of blindness: partial and complete blindness. Budgies could be blind in just one eye and their vision is pretty much blurry. If you notice white spots in your budgie’s eyes, then your budgie probably has developed a cataract. The moment you see this, contact your vet because cataracts can cause partial blindness. Also, eye infections that are not treated can cause partial blindness.
Cataracts are characterized as white spots in the eye. They are often caused by diabetes, infections, or an inappropriate diet. It can lead to blindness and that’s why it is important that you notice it while it is in its early stage. Your vet can advise you and it should not present a significant problem in your budgie’s life.
Eye infections can happen often. Symptoms are swollen and red eyes, increased blinking, watery eyes, dried discharge, etc. Some precautions you can take at home are that you clean your budgie’s cage and provide him with clean water and a diet. Also, eye drops can help. You can try to gently wipe your budgie’s eyes but be careful not to injure the eyes.
If you want to test your budgie’s vision at home, you can test their eye coordination. You take an object that they are familiar with. It can be a toy or anything else. Then move it and inspect whether your budgie can follow it and if he can focus on it. If you notice anything weird, take your budgie to your vet.
In the list below, we present you with some most common symptoms of blindness:
- Bumping into cage
- Not confronting other budgies when they steal their food
- Not being able to locate their food or water
- Not moving too much or exploring new spots
- Having balance problems
- Avoiding fights
- Anxious and easily scared
These are some most common symptoms. They bump into their cage because they do not see well and they cannot locate the doors of the cage. You can help them by taping on the doors so they realize where they can land. They avoid confronting or fighting with other budgies because they do not see well and therefore might end up hurt. You can notice they spend their time in some corners and that they are even afraid of interacting with other budgies. They do not move a lot and that is another problem. That’s why you need to try to ensure they have enough space and that the space is secure. They have issues with their balance and they are easily scared.
As you can see, all of these symptoms limit your budgie’s movement. Blindness is difficult but it is possible to live with it.
In case your budgie is blind, here are some tips on how to take care of them. First of all, do not move objects in the cage but keep them always in the same place. Remove all sharp objects and any toys with sharp edges to prevent injuries. Add cushions on the floor in case your budgie falls down. Tap on the objects so your budgie knows where certain objects are placed.
Do not worry, even if your budgies are blind, they can live a normal life.