Do budgies miss their owners?

Although some budgies do miss their owners, this is not necessarily the case for all budgies. In this article, I will talk about why a budgie would miss its owner and how you can tell if your budgie misses you when you’re away from them.

Why your budgie could miss you

If your budgie misses you when you’re gone depends on if they see you as part of their flock. In the wild, budgies live in large groups. A group of budgies or other birds is called a ‘flock’. In captivity, your budgies flock consists of all the budgies that are in the household. Sometimes, budgies see their human owners as part of their flock as well. This generally happens if you invest a lot of time in bonding with your budgie, especially if you start doing so when they are young.

Budgies living in a group are called a 'flock'

How you know if your budgie misses you

In the wild, when budgies realize a member of their flock is missing, they start calling for them. This so-called ‘flock call’ is a way to signal to the missing budgie where they can find the rest of the flock, in case they are lost. They are practically saying ‘Hey, we’re here! Come back to us!’.

You can recognize a flock call fairly easily because it is one of the louder vocalizations budgies can produce. You can compare it to the sound of a regular chirp, but louder and sometimes has a desperate or panic-like ring to it. This is because it is usually a bad sign when a flock member goes missing in the wild.

In captivity, budgies will also flock call if they realize a member of the flock is missing. They can call out to other budgies in the household when they are out of sight, or to their human flock members. If you want to know if your budgie is missing you as part of their flock when you leave, simply move out of their sight and see if they call for you once they realize you’re gone. Keep in mind that flock-calling is a natural behaviour for your budgie and that they should not be punished for it.

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