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There are some attractive bird species you can keep together with
budgies without expecting any problems. But of course, they should all
have enough room in their aviary. Hiding places are also welcome if you
care for a mixed flock of birds.
There are other Australian birds who can be kept together with budgies: the grass parrots (neophema). In aviaries, those nice guys will live in harmony with your budgies. But during the breeding period, it is advised to separate the different species! I once saw how aggressive for example turquoise parrots (Neophema pulchella) could become while hatching their chicks!
The following species belong to the genus neophema: elegant parrot (N. elegans), blue-winged parrot (N. chrysostoma), rock parrot (N. petrophila, I have never seen them being sold in Germany so far), orange-bellied parrot (N. chrysogaster, same as rock parrot), turquoise parrot (N. pulchella) and scarlet-chested parrot (N. splendida).
Beside the above named parakeets, you can also keep rosellas (Platycercus), bourke's parrot (Neopsephotus bourkii) or birds belonging to the genus Psephotus in one aviary together with your budgies. But please bear in mind that they will only live peacefully together if the aviary is large enough - what means it has to be really large! Rosellas are bigger than budgies. Therefore it is very important to plan enough room as a refuge for the weaker species in case of a fight. Well known members of the colourful rosella family are: adelaide rosella (P. adelaidae), pale-headed rosella (P. adscitus), crimson rosella (P. elegans), eastern rosella (P. eximius, see photo in this paragraph), yellow rosella (P. flaveolus) and western rosella (P. icterotis). But please keep in mind that there still is a risk even if you provide enough space for your birds. Sometimes, Rosellas tend to become aggressive even though there is room enough for them and the budgies. The photo below shows a budgie who has been attacked by a Rosella. The upper beak was torn off and the budgie suffered from severe injuries. There was no way to save his life, the bird has been put to sleep. A staff member of the vet took the photo just before the budgie was euthanized.
As I know from by my own experience, the everyday life of barred parakeets (linnies) and budgies is full of harmony, they get along with each other very well. Since a while, a little flock of barred parakeets shares the bird room with my budgies. The origin of this species is in Central and South America. Linnies are nearly as tall as budgies and they generally behave very calm and friendly. The photo on the right shows Merlin, my male barred parakeet, his wife Bianca and their friend Max.
Lovebirds originally come from Africa/Madagascar and the following species can be found in European pet shops: grey-headed lovebird (Agapornis canus), fischer's lovebird (A. fischeri), nyasa lovebird (A. lilianae), black-cheeked lovebird (A. nigrigenis), masked lovebird (A. personata), red-faced lovebird (A. pullaria) and rosy-faced lovebirds (A. roseicollis, see photo on the right).
Other bird species
The following finch species can be kept together with budgies: nutmeg mannikin (Lonchura punctulata), white-backed munia (Lonchura striata), java sparrow (Padda oryzivora), double-barred finch (Stizoptera bichenovii) and cordon-bleus (Uraeginthus spec.).
Less suitable are island canaries (Serinus canaria), because they are physically inferior to budgerigars. During a fight, they could be wounded very badly and in many cases I heard that the dainty island canaries were killed by the keets.
A huge aviary in your garden is an ideal place for keeping together budgies and quails. Those nice ground inhabitants help you keep the aviary clean, because they feed on insects like ants.
If anybody has experiences with keeping together budgies and a bird species that is not mentioned above, please feel free to contact me via e-mail. Thank you!
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