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Hi everyone. OK So one of my budgies (female one) is acting a bit different. She has one of her wings slightly opened not wide out or anything just slightly and she is trembling. Sometimes she is trembling other times not. Sometimes her wing is slightly opened other times not.

She is eating and drinking as usual. Is this something I should be worried about?

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Budgies can vibrate their wings depending on context.
They can do so when feeling a little discomfort due to a growing flight feather or if they happen to have one or more misplaced feathers on the wing.
They can also very subtly vibrate their wings as a way to express happiness and affection. Budgie chicks will also vibrate their wings when asking to be fed.
When feeling overly enthusiastic about something or when wanting to get out of the cage, budgies can also exhibit a stronger wing vibration that is more similar to a very short and fast wing flapping.

If your budgie is only vibrating from one of her wings (not both), then most likely the feathers are misplaced or she's doing that as a consequence from a moult. This vibration can also happen as the result of a night fright when one or more flight feathers can be lost during the commotion and the vibration comes from the slight discomfort. This sorts itself fairly soon.
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Budgies can vibrate their wings depending on context.
They can do so when feeling a little discomfort due to a growing flight feather or if they happen to have one or more misplaced feathers on the wing.
They can also very subtly vibrate their wings as a way to express happiness and affection. Budgie chicks will also vibrate their wings when asking to be fed.
When feeling overly enthusiastic about something or when wanting to get out of the cage, budgies can also exhibit a stronger wing vibration that is more similar to a very short and fast wing flapping.

If your budgie is only vibrating from one of her wings (not both), then most likely the feathers are misplaced or she's doing that as a consequence from a moult. This vibration can also happen as the result of a night fright when one or more flight feathers can be lost during the commotion and the vibration comes from the slight discomfort. This sorts itself fairly soon.
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It's sometimes hard to see just exactly what is being observed by a description with words. As aluz said above, the "vibration" could very well be one of those things. I don't want to scare you, as I said it's hard without seeing a video of her doing it, but my late budgie Pix had some serious genetic problems which had been determined by 2 avian vets. It affected several body systems. He'd sit and vibrate his wings close to his body extremely fast, and without additional body language. This was probably a neurological issue. If you have any question about whether it's normal 'behavior based' wing vibrating or not, it's always best to take a video (I know it isn't easy when it's not being done constantly), or even better, take her to an avian vet. Good luck!

Edit: another thing it might be.. Birds of the parrot family including budgies, will lean over with a flat back and quickly move their wings as they hold them away from the body when they are interested in coming over to you. All the more when they aren't flighted and can't reach you.
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It's sometimes hard to see just exactly what is being observed by a description with words. As aluz said above, the "vibration" could very well be one of those things. I don't want to scare you, as I said it's hard without seeing a video of her doing it, but my late budgie Pix had some serious genetic problems which had been determined by 2 avian vets. It affected several body systems. He'd sit and vibrate his wings close to his body extremely fast, and without additional body language. This was probably a neurological issue. If you have any question about whether it's normal 'behavior based' wing vibrating or not, it's always best to take a video (I know it isn't easy when it's not being done constantly), or even better, take her to an avian vet. Good luck!
Thank you so much for your answer as well!
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My budgie started doing this behavior a little bit ... not much ... but a bit, and I was quite perplexed by it.

He holds his wings out a little bit, and they tremble (or vibrate if you will) very slightly. [ I was able to get a photo, attached. ]

My understanding was this can happen if they're warm (which shouldn't have been the case when I captured this photo; it wasn't hot and he hadn't been flying) or, if they're nervous or stressed.

He happened to be doing this in tandem with happy chirping, and regurgitating for a toy. (I think it was for the toy, not me.) And from there I saw him doing this wing thing, holding them out... so I guess in this context.... it is also a body language behavior that goes with being excited?

He does also definitely do it when he is stressed, but in that context it comes with a little bit of panting. Not heavy panting, but seems like nervous panting. So far I've seen that twice.
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My budgie started doing this behavior a little bit ... not much ... but a bit, and I was quite perplexed by it.

He holds his wings out a little bit, and they tremble (or vibrate if you will) very slightly. [ I was able to get a photo, attached. ]

My understanding was this can happen if they're warm (which shouldn't have been the case when I captured this photo; it wasn't hot and he hadn't been flying) or, if they're nervous or stressed.

He happened to be doing this in tandem with happy chirping, and regurgitating for a toy. (I think it was for the toy, not me.) And from there I saw him doing this wing thing, holding them out... so I guess in this context.... it is also a body language behavior that goes with being excited?

He does also definitely do it when he is stressed, but in that context it comes with a little bit of panting. Not heavy panting, but seems like nervous panting. So far I've seen that twice.
Exactly how my budgie sometimes looks like holding out her wing like that. Thank you for the attachment. And may I add that your budgie is just the cutest little boy!
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