hi! i hope it's okay for me to post this here. two weeks ago i brought home my first budgie, delilah. she's a recessive pied and i love her very much. however, since she's my first bird, i'm still pretty new at figuring out what their behaviour means
she's been chirping very loudly for the past couple of days, and i can't tell if it's a happy noise, a scared noise, an angry noise, or anything else. she's also been making a loud "E-E-E-E" noise, but i can tell it's because she's upset (i just don't know what's been making her upset)
anyway, i took a recording of the loud chirps on vocaroo, so if anyone could help me out with what this sound means i'd be very grateful!
Welcome to the forums and the ever exciting world of budgie ownership!
What you have recorded is the standard chirp budgies make when they want to communicate with their same species friends, it's how they say "hello" to one another. This type of chirp is also commonly referred to as flock call.
That long "E-e-e-e" may look like a sound of disapproval but according to context it can also be used by budgies to express happy excitedness.
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Aluz has offered you great advice regarding your budgie's sounds
As you get to know your bird, you'll start to differentiate between the different chirps and learn what they mean, too!
Oh--if Delilah is the budgie in your avatar picture, it appears that she is actually a boy!
It's true that male budgies have dark blue ceres--but young males and males that are recessive pied mutation have pink or purple ceres. In young males, the pinkish turns to blue, but recessive pied budgies (the mutation your budgie appears to be) keep the "immature" cere colour throughout their life
If you post a close-up picture of Delilah taken in natural light we can give you an accurate assessment of gender!
It's wonderful to have you on the forums and I hope to see you and Delilah around soon
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I am very familiar with that sound, because my birds make it quite often.
I agree with Aluz, it makes sense that it would be a communicative call, I always thought my birds make it when they are confused, distracted, or shocked. These were my judgements before I saw Aluz's post.
Thanks Aluz for the helpful post!
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aluz: thank you for the information! after you said that i paid more attention and noticed that she was often making the chirps after birds outside would squawk or make noise, so maybe she's trying to talk to them? as for the loud E-E-E, i'm still not sure. when she does that she always flaps around her cage, and breathes heavily when she lands, so i assumed it was because she was frightened or startled. thanks again!
starlingwings: yup! i also think she's a boy; the problem is, i had already picked out the name 'delilah' and didn't want to choose a different name, so i started using she/her pronouns instead of he/him. i didn't think it'll be much of a problem since i'm not planning on breeding (and if any health problems pop up that are gender-specific i'll be sure to tell the vet that she's actually a 'he'). i've also been making sure to read about boy budgie behaviour as well as girl budgie thanks for the input!
I agree with all the info you have already been given in regard's to the sound's. Mine make those same sound's too. I also agree with Starling that the bird in your avatar has the cere color that look's like a young male...beautiful bird...
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The chirps on the recording you made sound like happy little chirps to me! My guys all make the loud "E-E-E-E" sound just because they like to hear themselves make it. Kind of like a little toddler that likes screaming just because he can!
Prince Deliah is a very handsome little fellow.
We have several females on the forum with male names so I think having a male with a female name will help even things out a bit.
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I'm looking forward to hearing all about Deliah and hopefully seeing some pictures soon!!