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Budgies by blacklight! 
1st-Jul-2008 07:57 pm
Pippin
Did you know that budgies see into the UV spectrum? And that to other budgies, certain parts GLOW. Well, as soon as I heard this, I had to get a UV/blacklight so I could see my budgies the way they see each other...



Hubby brought home a blacklight and my budgies showed their true colours!!

Pippin's face lit up like a neon light! And look at his 'blue' cheek patches!

Luna sort of glowed softly all over, specially her head and cheeks, like Pippin.

But poor little Pigwidgeon really didn't glow at all. Apparently blue budgies don't glow like the green ones do.

Spike is busily growing new feathers at the moment and his face is steadily going yellow (it's a BOY! XD), and look at the yellow feathers on his face glow! It looks all funny and patchy at the moment, but oh so cute.

(and, as an aside, I have to mention - Spike walked along the kitchen bench tonight to my hand and stepped onto it by his own choice! This is the bird who hates hands!! I didn't ask him to step up at all. Just rested my hand on the bench to see what he'd do, and he looked at me carefully and I could see him make up his mind, and then he walked down the bench to me and stepped onto my hand! So exciting!! Darling birdie!!)
And another of Pippin cos he's SO pretty!!


And here's a youtube vid I made the other night. Please excuse the dialogue in the background - the family were watching "The Mist" (and are still wibbling about it!)
Comments 
1st-Jul-2008 10:58 am (UTC)
that's so pretty!
1st-Jul-2008 12:02 pm (UTC)
Isn't it?! XD
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1st-Jul-2008 12:03 pm (UTC)
They come out much pinker in the photos for some reason. They look much more yellow and orange in real life. :~)
1st-Jul-2008 11:54 am (UTC)
Budgies...I'm guessing their parakeets? We call them that in the states. I prefer the name budgie though.

Terrific pictures.
1st-Jul-2008 12:01 pm (UTC)
Budgie is short for Budgerigah, which is the Aboriginal name for these wee parrots. (and means 'good to eat'! O.o)
Not sure why the US calls them parakeets. They're budgies in the UK.

I'm ludicrously excited seeing them with the UV. ;~P
1st-Jul-2008 12:35 pm (UTC)
That's really interesting. I'd never heard that about birds and black lights.
1st-Jul-2008 12:50 pm (UTC)
I first heard about it on a brilliant doco about Aussie parrots (http://www.abc.net.au/tv/documentaries/interactive/parrots/), and they only mentioned it with the budgies, so I'm not sure about other parrots. That said, we shone it on Spike, the cockatiel, and the yellow in his face glowed.

It's part of budgies breeding preference - the girls go for the boy that glows the brightest. :~) And apparently blue budgies don't have it (poor babies!), so to breed blue budgies you have to keep them separate from green ones!
1st-Jul-2008 01:29 pm (UTC)
What a beautiful set of pictures! :-)
1st-Jul-2008 03:19 pm (UTC)
Thankyou! I'm excited, but then I'm quite silly over my birdie babies, but I just can't help myself! ;~P
1st-Jul-2008 03:07 pm (UTC)
That is freakin' awesome!! You know, I'd heard about that before but never really thought much more about it. Thanks for the visual confirmation.
1st-Jul-2008 03:18 pm (UTC)
Isn't it fabulous?! I was so excited when I heard about it, and have been hunting for a UV light ever since.
1st-Jul-2008 03:08 pm (UTC)
I love Budgies. My daughter had a blue male for years, how sad that he was unattractive to females of his own kind. I loved the way Pippin's face patches glowed.
1st-Jul-2008 03:17 pm (UTC)
It's not that they're UNattractive to the females, just not as attractive as the pretty green boys. ;~)
1st-Jul-2008 03:52 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's awesome! I knew about this, but had never tested it to actually see it. They are so pretty. ^.^
2nd-Jul-2008 01:16 am (UTC)
Aren't they pretty?! I suspect your little Pippin would look like our Pigwidgeon under UV, although, your Pippin seems to have darker blue cheek patches than our little blue boy, so they could well glow! And, it looks like the boys' blue cere glows too! :~)
1st-Jul-2008 04:28 pm (UTC)
whoa cool!
(I can imagine what it might be like after a few beers;)

2nd-Jul-2008 01:13 am (UTC)
Heh. ;~P
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2nd-Jul-2008 01:12 am (UTC)
I need to know this too!!
1st-Jul-2008 05:23 pm (UTC)
Oh my, that's so pretty!! I've always wanted to have budgies, they're adorable :)
2nd-Jul-2008 01:12 am (UTC)
I can't imagine my life without them. :~)
1st-Jul-2008 06:47 pm (UTC)
WOW that is SO cool...amazing what one learns on the interwebs....
2nd-Jul-2008 01:11 am (UTC)
Isn't it? I'd be so lost without it! *clings to interwebs*
1st-Jul-2008 07:29 pm (UTC)
I have a moluccan cockatoo, I wonder if she would glow under black light too!
2nd-Jul-2008 01:10 am (UTC)
Wow! Aren't they one of the biggest and loudest of the cockatoos? Very pretty though. You must be a birdy person to have one of those! ;~)
1st-Jul-2008 08:41 pm (UTC)
That is lovely!
3rd-Jul-2008 04:49 am (UTC)
Aren't they pretty?!
1st-Jul-2008 09:27 pm (UTC)
Wow, I've never know that, interesting!
3rd-Jul-2008 04:48 am (UTC)
See! We learn something every day! ;~)
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