Budgies are adorable and affectionate pets, and it’s easy to grow very attached to them quite quickly. But do the budgies grow attached, too?
Do budgies love their owners?
Budgies love their owners. They get to know the sound of their voices and the look of their faces and recognize their owners, even after long periods spent apart. They show affection toward their owners in several ways, including flying towards their companions and resting on their shoulders.
Do Budgies Know Their Owners?
Budgies, also called Parakeets, are very intelligent animals, and they’ll get to know and recognize their owners after months or years spent together.
However, this does take time. At first, you might not see a difference between how your budgie interacts with a stranger versus you, their owner. It takes time and patience to develop familiarity with a budgie.
Once your budgie does know you, they’ll recognize you, even if you change your appearance, whether that’s a different hair color or a new outfit. This is true, even after you and your budgie spend months apart.
Budgies know both human faces and human voices. In one study, a group of birds could differentiate between unfamiliar and familiar people based only on a photograph.
This helps them learn who they can trust, including who would bring them food and who could do them harm.
In another study, a group of birds could tell the difference between familiar and unfamiliar human voices.
They were also able to differentiate between the calls of familiar and unfamiliar birds, which is an advantage for them in the wild.
Do Budgies Like Their Owners?
Budgies usually like their owners, although the degree of affection that they feel and show depends largely on the kind of upbringing they’ve had and the kind of relationship they’ve developed with their owners.
You can tell that a budgie likes you based on a few key behavioral clues.
These include the following:
- A budgie that trusts and likes you will respond to your speech in some way.
- Budgies will fly to their owners when they like them, especially after a day of separation.
- Budgies will sit on your shoulders to cuddle when they like you.
- When budgies like their owners, they’ll sing together with them.
- Budgies will follow their owners around if they like them.
- An affectionate budgie will nibble the ears of its owner.
- Budgies will climb the bars of their cage to be nearer to an owner that they like.
If your budgie doesn’t do these things, don’t lose heart. It takes time to build a trusting relationship with a budgie.
Even if your budgie is rehomed at an older age, they can develop a very close relationship with their new owners.
Do Budgies Get Attached to Their Owners?
When you first adopt a budgie, you may question whether or not they’ll become attached because they appear to be self-sufficient or even aloof.
But know that this is temporary, assuming that you plan to spend time getting to know your budgie.
Budgies grow attached to their owners over time and love spending time together once a bond has formed.
They’re flock animals, which means that they easily form social bonds, whether with other birds or with their human families. It’s difficult for a budgie to be happy alone.
Do Budgies Miss Their Owners When They’re Gone?
Because budgies become so attached to their owners, they really miss them during periods of separation.
This can be a very stressful experience for a budgie, especially if they’re left completely alone and in silence. In the wild, silence is a cue from the flock that a predator is nearby.
Frequent or prolonged periods alone can cause serious mental health problems for your budgie, who would have strong and consistent social ties in the wild.
Being alone often can cause depression, which contributes to several other health conditions. It can even push a budgie closer to death.
You can help your budgie cope with time apart by providing a mirror, toys (like the Super Bird Crinkle Toy), and recorded music. But there’s no total substitution for time spent interacting with others.
If you’re concerned about your ability to spend a significant amount of time with your budgie, consider getting two or more that can flock together.
You can also consider leaving the window open near your budgie’s cage, which allows them to talk with wild birds.
However, this does come with the risk that the budgie will become scared of other animals, like hawks or dogs, and the window can bring with it fluctuations in temperature.
If you do keep a window open, make sure that it’s nearby but not too close.
Playing recorded bird sounds can excite your budgie, but it’ll eventually wear on their nerves to keep hearing bird sounds without having a meaningful conversation back and forth.
How To Bond With Your Budgie
Bonding with your budgie is about building trust and requires a respectful, gentle approach. You’ll want to make sure that you don’t scare your budgie or make yourself seem like a potential threat in any way.
Take these guidelines into account when you’re attempting to bond with your budgie:
- Be consistent. Your budgie will only develop trust in you after a significant amount of time spent together regularly.
- Avoid bringing other family pets near the cage, which can spook your budgie.
- Try feeding your budgie straight out of your hand, gently.
- Provide for your budgie, making sure that they always have clean water and food.
- Avoid exposing your budgie to loud sounds, whether it be yelling or playing loud music.
- Talk to your budgie in soothing tones.
- Give your budgie toys for mental stimulation, and hang out with them while they’re playing. They’ll associate their happiness with you.
- Whistle or sing to your budgie when you’re in the house, even if you’re not in the same room. They’ll know that it’s you and appreciate the contact.
Above all, bonding with your budgie is about spending time together.
Even keeping your budgie’s cage in a part of the home that you frequent will encourage a positive bond to develop, as long as the area isn’t so high traffic that it becomes stressful.
When your budgie has time outside of the cage, make sure that you’re there to bond with and to keep your bird safe.
Will a Budgie Recognize Their Name When Called?
Budgies do recognize their names when called, which you can confirm with their response: tail bobbing and moving towards you.
They’ll learn what their name is through repeated interactions with you or when you make a routine out of saying it. They’ll also learn the tone of your voice that you use when calling them.
Birds understand names even in the wild, where their parents give baby budgies names in the nest. They use these names to introduce themselves to other budgies throughout their lives.
For more on how budgies and other parrots learn their names in the wild, see the following video:
Budgies love their owners because they learn to trust them over time. If you’re looking to develop a deeper bond with your budgie, consider spending more time together, talking to your bird, and offering treats.
The more you consistently offer affection and comfort, the more you’ll be likely to receive trust and affection in return.