KK's Creatures: Budgie Buddies

By: Stephanie Ross Email
By: Stephanie Ross Email

Here's your chance to get up close and personal with a budgie. A budgie is Australian slang for what Americans call Parakeets.

The small yellow and green birds are native to Australia but are being let loose in a walk through exhibit at the zoo along with Australian Finches, Cockatiels, and Princess Parrots, to give visitors a true avian down under experience.

The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has gone to the birds.

"We have Australian Budgies, Cockateils with the funky hair do and we have small Australian Finches."

Hundreds of birds free flying,singing and getting up close and personal with visitors.

"We'll be able to have people walk through this aviary and they can feed the birds feed sticks if they want."

Feed sticks that the cockatiels were eating up, but the budgies were a little more timid.

"The budgies are just getting used to everything, they just came in, so it'll take a few days for them to calm down but eventually they'll be with everyone else, eating feed sticks and sitting on people's hands."

Rest assured the colorful budgies, displaying bright yellows, greens and blues, will be very friendly once the doors open, giving visitors a unique experience.

"Being immersed in with all of these birds give visitors a connection between animal and human that we strive for here at the zoo"

The budgies are birds that are found in flocks in the outback, here in the U.S. you really only see them in pet stores and cages.

The exhibit is temporary and will only be open for the summer.

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