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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. And there is another very important thing: Each bird is an individual personality and might behave differently than described below. It's like in humans. We don't like each and every other human as well and so individual birds might be aggressive towards other birds even though the species get along well with each other in general.

Parrot species
Cockatiels and budgies can be kept together If you keep your birds in the house, budgies and cockatiels (Nymphicus hollandicus) will become close friends (except during the breeding period). In their wild Australian home, these two species share the same habitat.

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).

Eastern RosellaBeside 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.

Budgie with fatal injury after an attack of a Rosella
Budgie with fatal injury after an attack of a Rosella

The lineolated parakeets Merlin (green) and Bianca with their friend: budgie MaxAs 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.

Please note:
It is no good idea keeping together lovebirds (agapornis) and budgies in the same aviary! The more bulky lovebirds tend to make use of their very powerful beak as a weapon, which could cause deadly wounds to the budgies. Usually these two species do not get along well with each other, they start to fight real fast and the budgies get hurt or die. In case you are still willing to start the extremely dangerous experiment to socialise two completely incompatible bird species despite all warnings, please provide a very large aviary - at minimum ten squaremeters! This would offer the budgies a small chance to escape when the lovebirds attack them.

Rosy-faced lovebirds and other lovebird species should not be kept together with budgiesLovebirds 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).



Please note:
A scarlet macawAll large parrots like for example amazons, macaws and cockatoos should never be kept together with budgies, because they often misunderstand the body language and behavior of the smaller birds. It only takes one hit with their enormous beak to kill a budgie immediately.

Other bird species
Zebra finches and budgies get along well with each otherIn the wild, budgies and zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) share the same habitat in the Australian savannah. So in general, boths species do co-exist without any trouble. This is also the case in many aviaries in which the birds are kept in captivity. The nimble zebra finches bring a lot of life into a flock of budgies and their cute calls surely are an interesting acoustic extension in your bird room. But there are also some reports that budgies can become aggressive towards the zebra finches. This tends to happen in case the birds live in too small aviaries and when there is too little space for breeding. When in the mood for breeding, budgies in general are more aggressive than in normal times. If you want to keep both species together, you should make sure that you choose sociable individuals and you should not offer any nesting boxes to avoid any potential danger.

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.).

If it comes to a fight, island canaries are often severly injured or even killed by budgiesLess 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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