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"English Budgie" or "American Parakeet?"

Discussion in 'Budgie Boulevard' started by Gussy, 7/14/17.

  1. Gussy

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    I was hand feeding two babies I got from a breeder who said they are English Budgies. Now I'm kind of wondering if the one I still have really is indeed or if it is an "American Parakeet." I know they are the same species, but I was hoping for the bigger, more laid back English Budgies I have read so much about. A friend of mine who has many parakeets says she thinks my baby isn't English. Is there any way to tell? She's about 7 weeks old now.

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  2. jmfleish

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    He looks like an English Budgie to me but I'm no expert!;)
     
  3. Just-passn-thru

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    No expert here also ,he looks like an English to me too!
    I'll notify an English Budgie Roadie for you :cool4:

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    How much does he weigh? My larger EB weighs in at 48 grams. My other one is a small EB at 43 grams. If you go by size he looks English. I don't see the beard like feathers and larger head. He could be a mix of American and English. Is there a leg band? One thing for sure he is not 100 percent American
     
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  5. Gussy

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    I don't have a scale small enough to weigh her and she doesn't have a leg band. I thought compared to the tiels she looked quite small, but I've rarely been around EBs. I assume she'll keep growing too since she's so young still?

    Thanks for the feedback!
     
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    I guess according to the video, she'd be American?
     
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    If not full english then definitely of english descent!

    If you don't have one, you can get a digital kitchen or postal scale for pretty cheap and make sure it weighs in grams!
     
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    budgerigars are an Australian native bird. The English and American budgerigars have been selectively bred from Australian Budgerigars.
     
  10. Milestone

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    Yeah, definitely some English in there.
     
  11. xgreenbudgiex

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    Yep I agree,
    You can tell by the shape of the head and feather length.
     
  12. Lady Jane

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    Just to clarify the video - if budgie is spangled there are no cheek patches. Look at my boys and see one has them and one does not. They are both 100 present English. M M_zpsb61szz9h.jpg
     
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    I would say that he is only part English. He's super cute too !

    Throat spots (not cheek patches, those are different) can be as little or as many as any other budgie. This is usually dependent on colour mutation.
     
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    English budgies tend to have larger spots and more of them than American budgies. I call them cheek spots. Here is a photo of a female English budgie I had in the past. She had lovely cheek spots. You wont see spots like this on an American budgie.



     

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    Possibly a he & does not look so small next to the tiels. A standard budgie would even be smaller. Thats said its hard to tell size in pics & English budgies wts can vary.
    7 weeks is young & it will develop the more poofy head but not all English budgies are really poofy. If it was a show english budgie than you might expect more but sometimes they get mixed. I don't think it will grow much in length size at all but it will gain weight & fill out.
    Small birds are generally close to full length size when they wean.

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    I don't know the background of my English budgie & it could have been mixed.
    She was pretty big though but she died before 1 year of age.

    She was spangle but she did seem to have a few spots...

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    Not sure of how those spots mature but a young budgie might not have its full potential of spots. They might further develop more/deeper color after a molt or two just like some baby birds get different colored feathers when they mature.
     
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    Exactly. It's important not to mix these up, as each one is different than the other, and each one is a different identifier for colour mutations.

    [​IMG]Detail_shot_of_budgerigars_head by Michelle Bakota, on Flickr
     
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