How to read budgie’s body language [Easy Guide]

How to read budgie's body language [Easy Guide]

There are lots of things budgies do throughout the day, some of them might seem a bit weird and funny but everything your budgie does actually has a meaning behind it and it’s important that we as their owners will know our budgie’s body language to understand how to care for them better.

9 Different types of budgie behavior (budgie’s body language decoded)

1. Kissing and preening

Kissing and preening (budgie body language decoded)

If you see your budgies doing this then prepare the funds for a wedding ceremony. This is how budgies show love and affection by kissing and preening each other, no different than humans.

2. Eye pinning

Eye pinning (budgie body language decoded)

If you see your budgie’s pupil going crazy and flashing from tiny to big this means that your budgie is excited or hormonal about something and it will usually be accompanied by chirping and being energized.

3. Beaking

Beaking (budgie's body language decoded)

If you’ve noticed that your budgie is tapping on the big of a partner or just an object while eye pinning at the same time that means that they’re happy and greeting each other.

But if your budgie is doing it while raising their bodies and being aggressive then that’s just them being angry or defensive.

4. Aggressive pecking

Aggressive pecking (budgie's body language decoded)

It’s pretty easy to understand that they’re fighting on this one. Budgies that peck each other almost look like they’re attempting to bite. It’s sometimes normal but if it happens too often and involves injuries then it’s best to separate your budgies before it gets fatal.

5. Chilling


When your budgies are relaxed and feeling comfortable and happy they will start grinding their beaks and will also rest their legs by standing on one foot at a time. They usually do this before going to sleep.

6. Cooling off

Cooling off

When budgies are overheated they will hold their wings away from their body. The more they spread their wings the hotter they are. It helps them to cool off by allowing proper air circulation around their armpits.

Panting is also common with an overheating budgie, yet it might also signal a budgie with respiratory disease.

7. Crop adjusting

Crop adjusting

Did you ever see your budgie looking like it’s about to throw up or get choked? Well, it’s most likely that your budgie is just adjusting its crop.

It may look funny but it’s a normal thing to do as a part of digesting their food.

8. Alarmed and nervous

Alarmed and nervous (budgie body language decoded)

When a budgie is scared or nervous it will go very thin and flatten its plumage, while being restless and looking for danger around. If your budgie is doing this there might be something frightening nearby.

So make sure to check what’s the cause and take care of it.

9. Fluffing or shaking off

Fluffing or shaking off (budgie body language decoded)

A fluffing budgie indicates a few things. It might try to get rid of dirt and bits of dead skin or get rid of water after a bath or it can also just be a sign of a mood change.

That concludes my article on the 9 different types of budgie behavior. Thank you so much for reading.

FAQs on budgie’s body language

What does it mean when a budgie lifts its wings?

Your bird may flap his wings to stretch or exercise, but he also can be trying to communicate with you. A bird that flaps its wings usually does so to attract attention or to show contentment. Flipping wings frequently indicates that your bird is upset about something.

Why does my budgie close his eyes when I look at him?

It’s wonderful if he is closing his eyes while you speak to him. He’s not afraid of your voice, which indicates that he finds solace in it.

Why does my budgie tilt his head when I talk to him?

When your parakeet tilts his head to one side to get a better view of whatever he’s looking at, it’s another indication that he’s interested and curious.

Why does my budgie open his beak when I talk to him?

Occasionally, your parakeet may open its mouth wide, extend its tongue, and then close it again while controlling it with its foot or beak. This indicates that they are grooming themselves. Birds will scrape away feathers, skin flakes, or food fragments using their tongues and beaks.

What does it mean when a budgie yawns?

The ability to catch yawns from other budgies is another one of Budgies’ exceptional abilities, implying that it possesses some form of empathy.

Why do birds yawn when you rub their ears?

When you touch a bird’s ears, they yawn because it feels pleasant. They calm when you stroke their silky head feathers, which are on their heads. They find this sensation to be soothing and it aids in their ability to sleep.

What does it mean when a bird keeps opening its mouth?

Birds under stress will pant and have their mouths open. Even though it is being rescued, it is not joyful. Stress is indicated by the mouth being open.

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