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Published: September 6, 2021      Written by Aerika Pedersen      Fact Checked:

Last modified: July 12th, 2022
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How Budgies show affection will depend on your bird, but these little playful birds sure do love to be lovey.

Lots of people have pets. Some people have dogs. Other people have cats. And even more, people have birds. Birds are a type of pet that’s especially popular because they’re beautiful, they can sing, and some breeds will talk too.

There are lots of breeds of birds that people can have as pets, but one of the most common birds that people have is the Budgie or Budgerigar. Budgies are small in size and can live up to 15 years.

Different Ways Budgies Show Affection

Budgies are one of the most popular pets among bird enthusiasts. They come in a variety of colors and there is no one way to determine what color your budgie will be when they hatch. Some colors of budgies include green, blue, white, yellow, and red.

There are many ways that budgies show affection to their owners. One way is by sitting on their owner’s shoulder, head, or hand.

Another way is by pecking their owner’s nose. It’s so cute when they do this! They also like to chew on the edges of their owner’s fingers.

How Do Budgies Show Affection to Each Other?

Budgies show affection to one another through nudging, preening, and grooming. They also enjoy perching next to each other and snuggling.

5 Ways Budgies Love Each Other
How Budgies Show Affection to Each Other

They use this type of affection to bond with each other.

Budgies also show signs of affection for each other by nipping, chirping, and pecking their cheeks.

Finally, budgies will sing to each other as a means of showing off, sometimes accompanying this with a bit of head-bobbing sort of like dancing.

How Do Budgies Show Affection to Humans?

How Budgies Show Affection
How Budgies Show Affection

Budgies are typically very social and affectionate birds towards humans. They show their love in many ways, including head-butting, preening, and grooming.

At the same time, they’ll use songs to express affection. Budgies are typically very social and affectionate birds. They show their love in many ways, including head-butting, preening, and grooming. They’ll also use songs to express affection.

Often they will “mouth” you with their beak. It’s a gentle non-biting act, maybe on your fingertips or perhaps your nose, and a sure sign of affection.

Do Budgies Bond with Their Owners?

Budgies are often thought of as domesticated pets but are actually wild animals. They are not tame or domesticated but are known to bond with their owners quite easily.

They’ll adopt numerous behaviors to display their love and affection too.

Remember that budgies are intelligent birds and they will work out what pleases you and repeat this as a manner of showing their affection, so lots of positive reinforcement goes a long way.

How Do I Get My Budgie to Bond with Me?

First, build trust, then the bond will form. Don’t force your budgie, let them learn to trust you with simple acts such as hand-feeding them treats. Fruit is an especially sweet and colorful treat that works well. Just be careful which fruits you feed your budgie.

Be patient and consistent and it shouldn’t take too long before your little friend is looking forward to seeing you and serenading you with its best songs.

Do Budgies Show the Most Love Out of Pet Birds?

Just how deep of a bond they will form and how affectionate they will be is really more of an individual than a breed trait, however in general no, budgies aren’t typically the most affectionate of bird breeds.

In fact, given a fair amount of toys and stimulation budgies will entertain themselves and do very well with lots of alone time, as opposed to some other breeds that crave lots more attention.

Still, budgies can form deep bonds with their owners, and when they do they will “perform” plenty to get your attention and show their affection.

How to TAME and BOND with your Budgie

What Are Some Signs that My Budgie Loves Me?

Budgies show affection by rubbing their head against you, sitting on your shoulder, and sitting in your hand. They also like to mimic your movements. A budgie that enjoys your company will cuddle with you, not bite or scratch you, and be very social.

Basically, as long as they aren’t biting at you, scratching you with their beaks or claws, or screeching at you in obvious annoyance, you can assume they’re content, so spend the time building the bond between you and the bird and all the signs of love will come.


Aerika Pedersen – Full-time writer, bird owner, and mother.

Aerika spent three years caring for birds at the Antwerp ZOO in Belgium before deciding to start her own family and write from home to share her experience and knowledge with other bird lovers.

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