Wild Budgerigars in Australia

We found a cool video on Youtube about Wild Budgerigars, there is a great story behind in video description

1. Yes, the birds are wild. Check the other two videos on this channel if you have any doubt. It is nearly 100 km to the nearest town and 50 km to the nearest house. It is an extensive bushland.

2. They are not thirsty. They were not interested in any food or water around our camp.

3. There is absolutely no way any of us would have taken one of these birds. They probably would have died if we did something so stupid. Budgies

4. The especially tame birds (most did not get close enough to handle) were not sick.

5. I have only seen budgies behave anything like this once. However, flies are like this every day in the bush. You get used to it very quickly.

Wild budgerigars behaving in the most extraordinary way !!

Now for some more context for those of you who are interested. The man who shot the video, Rob Wood, is not me. We were working together exploring for gold southeast of Kalgoorlie in Western Australia. The day before hundreds of budgies descended on the camp, six of them visited me and my field assistant while we were out working. Over the space of an hour or two, they got closer and closer to our vehicle, like they were checking us out until one went INSIDE THE CAB. It wasn’t scared when we very carefully went in and from there at least two or three of those six budgies landed on us and “played” with us. The cricket was on the radio. Maybe that had something to do with it. Budgies

The next day, OMG, there were hundreds of budgies at the drillers camp. We all got to see them and interact with them. You see some of this in the video footage. Unfortunately (for me), I was not there when Rob shot the most amazing footage of the budgies on the windscreen. I had gone into town to refill the water trailer. The budgies went out with the drillers to the drill rig. I am told that they were not the slightest bit put off by the deafening roar of the drill rig. They spent an hour or two swarming all over the mast, in and out of the cab of the truck and perched on the driller’s helmets. Then they flew off and we never saw them again.

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Origin of Wild budgerigar Habitat

Wild budgerigars, scientifically known as Melopsittacus undulatus, are captivating birds native to Australia. Flourishing in arid and semi-arid regions, these small parakeets are renowned for their vibrant plumage, characterized by striking green and yellow hues with distinctive black markings. Living in flocks, wild budgerigars are highly social creatures, engaging in intricate flight patterns and displaying remarkable agility.

Their natural diet consists of seeds, fruits, and vegetation found in their native habitat. Known for their adaptability, wild budgies have successfully thrived in diverse landscapes, from open grasslands to wooded areas. Their ability to mimic sounds, coupled with their charming behaviors, makes them intriguing subjects for bird enthusiasts and researchers alike.

While the majority of budgerigars in the pet trade are captive-bred, understanding the natural behaviors and habitat of wild budgerigars provides valuable insights for responsible pet ownership and conservation efforts aimed at preserving these iconic Australian birds in their natural environment.

Are Wild Budgies tamed

Wild budgies, by nature, are not tamed in the same way as their domesticated counterparts. Unlike their captive-bred counterparts, which are often hand-reared and accustomed to human interaction from an early age, wild budgerigars maintain their natural instincts and behaviors. In their native habitats of Australia, wild budgies exhibit a high degree of independence and wariness toward potential threats, including humans.

Attempting to tame a wild budgie can be a challenging and time-consuming process, as they may perceive human contact as a potential threat rather than a source of companionship. Moreover, ethical considerations come into play, as attempting to tame a wild budgie can disrupt their natural behaviors and survival instincts.


Alen AxP is an experienced budgie owner who is passionate about sharing their knowledge and expertise on budgie care. Through their articles and resources, they provide valuable insights and practical tips on topics such as diet, housing, and health, to help other budgie owners create a happy and thriving environment for their feathered friends.

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