Budgies in distress?!
Sorry for wall of text Hi, I'm not a new parakeet owner. I had some when I was younger, and they definetly didn't do this so I'm kind of scared that I am doing something wrong. I have two young budgies, I can't tell their age, but I'm pretty sure they are both female due to the white rings around their nostrils. But they have a sort of blue cere. Anyways, I got two of them at the same petsmart. I had to exchange one for a different one, due to bullying behavior. They seem to be getting along MUCH better, and so far it has been one week. However, I have noticed they are making distress calls. As in high pitched chriping that isn't singing. It is really making me worried because they get into a frenzy sometimes. They jump around their cage squawking and screeching and I have to go and calm them down. This can't be normal right? They don't seem sick, they are active and eat normally. Poo is normal. Will they grow out of this? Or are they going to be scared their entire life? They were housing in cages with at least 7 other budgies, so I think it might be them trying to find them, but it has been a week so I thought it might go away. So far I have been playing music and that seems to keep them quiet. Can anyone help me?
This sounds like normal behaviour to me.
I think the louder 'screeching' you're worried about is a normal budgie noise that most budgies do make. Budgies have a gentle chirping, a normal squawk and then the screech. And it's just how they communicate so I'm pretty sure this is completely normal behaviour.
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When budgies are in distress and very scared, you can easily see by their body language as they suddenly get stiff, their bodies somehow thin out and they get really wide eyed. They do not utter a sound as they are too scared and in alert mode, however you can notice them panting (beak repeatedly opening and closing without making a sound). You will also notice the motion in their bodies due to the rapid breathing.
They would only do the "ack ack" noise in distress/danger followed by running/flying away when actually being attacked by a predator or during a vicious fight with another bird.
What you have described doesn't look like an emergency distress call. Budgies can also make their "angry" noise when feeling overly excited and this means happily jumping between perches, bobbing their heads up and down in happiness and playfulness. It is our job to distinguish and interpret their different chirping (bird vocabulary) according to the context of the situation and this naturally comes from experience, from getting to know budgies as a species and learning by watching them.
It is very possible they miss their friends at the pet store and are flock calling, they can also be responding in excitement to the calls from the wild birds outside.
If you post a couple of pictures of your budgies, we can help you out with their genders and give you an age estimate.
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I agree with the other posters.
It sounds as though the budgies playing to me. :)
My budgies love to jump around their cages and squawk loudly at one another. :D
Not all budgies behave the same and it seems as if the ones you had some years ago were more the "quiet" type while the ones you have now like to make a racket. :giggle:
If you want to post a little video of them when they are loud and active we can let you know for sure if the behavior looks normal. ;)
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Thank you guys! I'm definetly going to take a video when I can, and I'm going to be uploading some images of them soon. They aren't that high quality as they are a little skittish of my hand (to be expected) so it was hard to get close, but I hope it can work.
And he'll repeat that for some time until he's decided he's had enough.
He'll sometimes do it with extra loud chirps too. I guess it depends on the mood he's in. :)
Your little budgie girls are very sweet! :D
They are both very cute budgies, try to remember they have both been used to being with a flock and having each other will encourage them to call out more as well. the will settle play some budgie sounds off you tube for them and music, also sit by the cage and talk to them often so they get to know you voice is a good and positive experience.:budgie:
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