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Budgie Buddies

Closed For The Season

Fluttering, twittering, chattering – step into our Budgie Buddies aviary and be surrounded by a flock of colorful little Australian birds!

Closed for the season.

Discover the Budgies

Budgies All Around You.
Come hear budgie chatter and be a part of their world as they fly over and all around you.
Feed the budgies!
Dinner on a stick
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).
find it
in the zoo
After walking the paths of the Asian Forest Sanctuary you will see the Budgie Buddies aviary on the left next to the Discovery Hut.
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Whooo's Nearby?

Green iguana
Rhinoceros iguana
Barn owl
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

Baby Budgies

After more than two years of being closed due to the pandemic, the Budgie Buddies Aviary reopens to the public on May 7. Even better, there will be five new … Continued

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Pufflings Are Here!

On a rainy, late-summer morning in Tacoma, keeper Cindy is watching the puffins. She’s drenched, but that’s just part of the job she loves. The “unglamorous” part of keeper life … Continued

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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 … 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 behind-the-scenes experiences - plus admission. Give the gift of sheer joy.