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Budgie Buddies

Join the Flock

Fluttering, twittering, chattering – step into our Budgie Buddies aviary and be surrounded by a flock of colorful little Australian birds! Our budgies – or budgerigars – will fly over and around you, and even eat from a seed stick.

Our budgies are inside for the winter. Come back and visit next spring!

Discover the Budgies

Feed the budgies!
Dinner on a stick
Every day in season you can wander into our budgie habitat and feed these friendly, colorful birds with special seed sticks, on sale just nearby for $2 ($1.50 Zoo members). Now closed for fall/winter.
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Find them
in the zoo
Budgies are found throughout most of Australia in scrublands, grasslands, woodlands and cities. Find our budgies on the lower side of the South Pacific Aquarium.
Plan your day
Seeing super-color
It's all in the UV.
Like all parrots, budgerigars can see in UV light!
In this spectrum, their already-colorful plumage is even brighter.
Fluffy chicks
So cute.
Budgies are monogamous and breed in large colonies year-round, depending on location. Nesting in fence posts, logs or gum trees, they lay clutches of 4-6 eggs which they incubate for 18-21 days.
Chicks are born bald, then grow downy gray fluff before fledging blue, green or yellow feathers. Many are hatched here at the Zoo over winter!
The sound of 25,000 budgies
(Pretty noisy.)
Highly social birds, budgies can form flocks of up to 25,000 birds. They forage in the morning and can be very noisy!
Pet budgies (usually males) can mimic human speech and other sounds they hear often.

Protecting birds

Keep the trees.

THE THREAT: Budgerigars aren’t threatened in the wild in Australia – there are many of them! But in America many species of small birds are declining, due to disappearing habitat, domestic cats and even climate change.

TAKE ACTION: Make a bird-friendly yard. Plant perennials for hummingbirds and keep tall trees. Put stickers on glass windows and keep your cat inside. And help preserve wild habitat for migrating birds.

Feathery Stories

Brand-new budgies

In the Budgie Buddies exhibit early one morning, there’s a sudden hush. It’s the sound of 100 brand-new budgies, all perched in a row on the roof, and all stopping their chatter in one unified moment. Then abruptly, they dive in perfect formation, like a flashing school of fish, and swoop back up to restart … Continued

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Welcoming everyone: A sensory-inclusive Zoo

On the steps of the Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater, there’s a little boy in a shark T-shirt. He’s clutching a blanket, and staring wide-eyed as an armadillo scuttles across the stage. He looks just like most of the other kids in the audience, who are equally enthralled. But six-year-old Keller is different in a really … Continued

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Sculpting Sand Species

UPDATE: Now over. Thanks for visiting! Q: Where in the world would you find an elephant, a sea turtle and an axolotl all together? A: In Species in the Sand, the new sand sculpture this summer at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium! Beginning mid-May, our sculpting team led by Tacoma native Sue McGrew will return … Continued

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Give joy
Looking for the perfect gift? A Zoo gift card is redeemable for budgie seed sticks, as well as carousel rides and even shark dives - plus admission. Give the gift of sheer joy.