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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.

Opening May 4.

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). Opening May 4.
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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, near Camels.
Plan your day
Climb on a camel
Just next door.
Just near Budgie Buddies are our camel rides. Get a hump-high view of the Zoo and a perfect photo op, too! Open seasonally, weather dependent.
Camel Rides
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.

Animal Stories

Caring for the small: Rockfish and seahorse

In a corridor surrounded by pipes, tanks and equipment, three women crouch over a tub. One – an intern veterinarian – carefully handles a Q-tip swab. The second – a veterinarian – readies a microscope slide. The third – an aquarist – has her gloved hands submerged, gently holding a china rockfish. A fourth aquarist … Continued

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A Tapir Ultrasound

Zoological Aide Katie Schachtsick holds a long-handled back-scratcher and applies just the right amount of pressure as she rubs it across the black-and-white hide of endangered Malayan tapir Yuna. It’s clear Yuna enjoys the attention – and the back rub – leaning into the scratcher and then moving her stout legs down, getting into a … Continued

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AI for endangered tigers

Cross your paws. And think of tiger cubs! Our endangered female Sumatran tigers, 5-year-old Kali and 4-year-old Kirana, could be pregnant. Both were artificially inseminated Jan. 30 with sperm from 14-year-old Mohan. We won’t know for a few weeks if a pregnancy resulted, but if successful, tiger cubs would be born in May. But it … 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, camel rides and even shark dives - plus admission. Give the gift of sheer joy.