We bought lemmy from a pet shop, so have no idea of his background. He's so much bigger and fluffier than other budgies I've had, and he's too heavy to fly very well. He's also incredibly placid (some would say lazy...!).
Just looking at the size of him and particularly his head, I was wondering if he could be part show budgie? I never knew they could be cross-bred until I googled it! Few pics below - what do you think? Thanks! X
He looks a bit to me like what we here would call a "Halbstandard" (literally "half-standard") budgie - I'm thinking more of the shape of the head than his size there - I find that a bit hard to judge in the picture with the other budgie, since the other one seems to be settled down and might look smaller than he is.
What a beautiful budgie you have there. However I becoming more curious about the feather markings on the head. This is the second budgie I have seen with the black flecking rather than the solid bars. Nevertheless very handsome and the markings are gorgeous
He looks like an english budgie to me or at least mixed. He's way too fluffy up top and appears bigger than your other. Also, the traits you're describing remind me of my english budgie, laid back and way less jumpy than my two pet types. He's very pretty!
Thanks all - the halbstandard sounds like what I though. He is about half as big again as a normal bird, with a massive fluffy feather coat and a big head!
Re his colouring - he's a very bright, almost neon, yellow recessive pied. When we got him he was a barhead but as he got older, some of the stripes disappeared and now he looks like he's wearing headphones. Apparently it's called "ticking" in recessive pieds.
Definitely some english/show genes in that little cutie!
Size alone does not dictate whether they are english/show in itself as in some countries show birds are not as large in others. In addition, recessive pieds tend to be smaller in size than a normal variety for example even when they are full blooded show birds