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The Queen's budgies #20019 08/05/05 10:00 PM
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I was looking at an old newspaper article I had kept and found this on the reverse.

Thought you might be interested in some excerpts- the beginning of the piece is missing, unfortunately.

'Royal Budgies'
Daily Mail 14.11.2000

'The Queen is famous for her love of corgis but her fondness for budgerigars is less well known.

The birds live in a 15ft sq aviary in the private part of [Windsor] Castle grounds.

Occasionally the hawks pounce on Her Majesty's' free-flying budgies as they pass along a mesh tube leading from the aviary to find a perch in the outside world.


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The article also talks about budgies generally:

'The budgie is a member of the parrot family and originated in Australia where Aborigine hunters knew it by a word resembling budgerigar meaning 'good bird to eat ...

Hastings William Sackville Russell, 12th Duke of Bedford .. aficionado of homimg budgies .. was killed in a gunshot accident trying to protect his beloved budgies from a marauding hawk.

Budgies were brought to Britain in 1840 by John Gould ... They had become popular pets by the 1930s but imports were banned until 1951 because of fears that they spread ... deadly .. psittacosis ..

All our pet budgies are bred from the British stock which existed in 1959, when Australia banned the export of all birds except zoo collections.

The average budgie lives about 7 years - although one called Charlie from London has lived 29 years and two months - and measures 7 1/2 inches and weighs about an ounce.

The captive budgie has all its wild ancestor's instincts, formed by the need to escape the droughts of their native Australia.
They are believed to sense weather changes and move into areas that are subsequently subjected to wet weather.
Experts believe they have built-in barometers and detect changes in the pressure in addition to recognising the cloud formations tht bring rain.

New York ecologists ... discovered that the male budgie is undoubtedly a flirt. They watched each pair billing and cooing and bobbing their heads in their distinctive courting ritual. Then each male was given two chances to interact with the new female - once while his mate had her beady eye on him ... Almost 3/4 of the head bobs .. took place when the male knew his mate couldn't see ... however, back with their mates, they were subjected to beak jabs and disapproving chirps.'


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Very interesting! smile


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nice to know the queen has good taste in something, it's definately not her attire...lol


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PDM they're better weather forecasters than the paid ones in the media and most farmers would agree with that.

There's nothing quite like a flock of wild budgies prior to a storm, you can hear them for miles.

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I'd like to see them in the wild.


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A bit more about Royals & budgies:

'The visit to Birmingham by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in
March 1939 was the first by the reigning king and queen for 11
years and, not surprisingly, there was more than one item on their
agenda. There were also visits to the Austin ‘shadow’ factory at
Cofton Hackett, to Cadbury’s, and to the Joseph Lucas works in
Great King Street, where a 100 yard red carpet was rolled between
the two factory buildings. Emerging from the lift at the top floor of
the works, the Queen was greeted by an impressive alpine garden,
made by two Lucas employees, who had crowned the display (I
have no idea why) with a cage of budgerigars.'


From an article by local historian Chris Upton in The Birmingham Voice. April 2002


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Originally posted by PDM:
The article also talks about budgies generally:


Almost 3/4 of the head bobs .. took place when the male knew his mate couldn't see ... however, back with their mates, they were subjected to beak jabs and disapproving chirps.'
How funny is that...flirting undercover. Much like our human males! lol Very interesting article.



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I never knew the Queen owned budgies, very interesting. Thanks for the info smile


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The Australian Government presented a pair of budgies to the Queen when she and Pillip toured Australia in 56(?).

You're right though about the flirting, that's so cute lol.

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