Budgies are one of the most intelligent species of birds in the world. Besides having the ability to recognize the distinct and subtle differences between individual human voices, budgies are also able to recognize faces that they are familiar with, such as that of their owners.
In the wild, budgies operate as part of a large flock whenever searching for food sources and places to drink water. This “safety in numbers” strategy is necessary for survival, which is one of the main reasons why they’re so intelligent and sociable.
Budgies learn to recognize their flock members and their own mate amongst similar birds, and many studies have even shown that budgies are able to distinguish flock members by simply hearing their vocalization tones.
In the same way, budgies carry out a similar process of familiarization with their owners and treat them in the same way that they would a member of their own flock.
For this reason, budgies aren’t only able to distinguish their owners from different people, but they also have the tendency to form close attachments to their owners. For this reason alone, it can be said that budgies don’t only know who their owners are, but have feelings of affection towards them, too.
When properly domesticated, budgies love to spend time with their owners and, once they have learned the individual vocalization of their voice, some budgies even show their love and affection for their owners by mimicking the sound of their voice. Interestingly, some budgies are even able to identify the sound of their owner’s voice when hearing it over a phone, or video.
Are budgies protective of their owners?
Seeing as budgies are extremely sociable birds that have the ability to form a bond with their owners, it should come as no surprise to hear that budgies do have the tendency to become protective of their owner, too.
The chances of a budgie forming a close enough relationship with their owner that would lead them to display signs of protection and affection are not as common as what you might see in that of a cat or dog.
However, if the relationship and level of closeness between a budgie and its owner is very good, then budgies are known to form very strong attachments to their owners that last throughout the entirety of their lives.
Once domesticated, it is not uncommon for budgies to show signs of happiness and affection towards their owner. This is because, similar to being in the wild, budgies are able to distinguish between those who are part of their flock and those who are not, and this intelligence is not so different from the way that we see our own families.
In addition to this, budgies are also able to recognize the face and voice of their owners, which makes the chances of them detecting fear or distress (in the event that you needed help/protection) far more likely.
With that being said, budgies may display protective behavior towards their owner if they feel that their owner is in a situation that requires them to be protected. Although, it’s important to note that this very heavily relies on how well the budgie has bonded to its owner and how much affection it feels, rather than an instinctive response.
Alternatively, a budgie may also show signs of affectionate or protective behavior if they notice that their owner is displaying signs of distress, as budgies are able to analyze facial expressions and pick up on vocal cues.
Do budgies get attached to their owners?
Yes, budgies do get attached to their owners, and have been known to show signs of affection and happiness when around them! If your budgie is attached to you, they may display the following behaviors:
- They get vocal when they see you: One of the most common ways a budgie shows affection is through vocalization. So, if you notice that your budgie likes to chirp and chatter whenever it sees you, it might be trying to communicate its love for you!
- They seek your physical touch: If you let your budgie out of its cage, you might notice that it likes to fly onto your lap or shoulder. This is a sign that your budgie has become attached and trusts you.
- They want to play: Budgies are very playful! Besides playing with its toys, a budgie may also nibble your finger as a form of affection and endearment.
Do budgies miss their owners?
Yes, budgies almost always miss their owners! If you already own a budgie, then we’re sure you’ll be aware of how sociable and friendly budgies are.
They’re also very intelligent, which means that they have the capacity to be able to bond with their owners. Though the bonding process can take months and even years, once a budgie has bonded, they are known to become very attached to their owners.
For this reason, if you need to leave your home to go to work or to run errands, then your budgie will notice your absence. Most budgies will miss you whilst you’re gone but will be able to fill their time eating, sleeping, and flying around their cage.
However, as budgies have the tendency to form very close attachments to their owners, they’re one of the most common bird species that are prone to developing separation anxiety.
If you’re suspecting that your budgie might be suffering from separation anxiety whenever you leave the home, then we recommend looking out for the following signs that will be able to indicate to you that your bird is becoming very distressed when you aren’t around:
- Feather picking: One of the most common indications of separation anxiety is noticing that your budgie is picking its feathers, or displaying other signs of self-mutilation. This is often caused by the immense amount of anxiety and distress caused by being left alone.
- Loss of appetite: Another sign that your budgie might be suffering from separation anxiety is a loss of appetite. If you’ve had to pick up a few extra shifts at work, or you’ve been on vacation, budgies that are suffering from separation anxiety may lose their appetites.
- Vocal changes: If you suspect that your budgie might be suffering from distress whenever you leave the home but you’re not completely sure, then listen out to see if it’s displaying any signs of vocalization changes. Higher or lower vocalization changes may be your budgie trying to communicate with you that they’re upset.
Besides that, if you are worried about your budgie missing you whenever you leave the house, then you could set up a camera that will be able to record the behavior of your budgie. This will allow you to see how your budgie reacts when you leave the house, which will allow you to help them further if they are showing obvious signs of distress.
In contrast, if you’ve recently purchased a budgie from a previous owner, or you’ve recently given yours away to a new home, you might currently be wondering whether or not budgies are able to remember their old owners.
Budgies are able to remember their previous owners, and the main reason for this is down to the fact that budgies are highly social animals that have exceptionally good memories.
In addition to that, budgies also live in flocks in the wild, which means that they associate their owners as being a part of their flock. This point is even more significant if the owner has more than one budgie.
For this reason, if a previous owner were to visit their old budgie, the budgie would likely be able to recognize its owner and, in turn, become happy and excited.
A budgie’s memory is so good, in fact, that studies have shown that budgies are able to recall their previous owners after a period of months and even years.