5 Things That Show How Affectionate Budgies Really Are

Are Budgies Affectionate?Budgies are known to be extremely affectionate animals that are bound to bring joy to anyone who owns one.

Some of the different ways that budgies will show you affection include making a lot of noise, active body movements, touch, and being playful. It is important to understand that in order for a budgie to show affection, you need to give it time and show that you care for its well being.

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    While budgies are naturally affectionate and social animals, they might be a little fearful of you at first, so make sure that you are patient and that you treat your budgie well.

    Once your budgie has been trained, and once it has gotten used to you, you will see that it will frequently come to you for its source of love.

    So now, without further ado, let’s find out different things that show how affectionate budgies are.

    Different Ways Budgies Show Affection

    It is clear that budgies love to and need to socialize, and will be great companions for anyone who owns one.

    There are many different ways that budgies will show you that they like you.

    They will make a lot of noise.

    Budgies are naturally rather noisy and vocal birds and are considered to be one of the noisiest birds out of all parrots. If your budgie is comfortable with you, then it will be noisy. Some owners even complain that their budgies simply will not be quiet!

    They enjoy talking, tweeting songs, and making other noises that they hear on a typical basis. Still, budgies do not make very loud noises compared to other birds as we show you in this article!


    One of the best ways to notice that your budgie is happy and content with being in your presence is if it whistles quite frequently. You can indeed teach your budgie how to whistle, and it is especially recommended to do so after it has learned how to talk.


    Talking is also a fun skill that budgies have. You can teach your budgie how to talk, or if there are particular words or phrases you often use in its presence, you might be surprised to hear your budgie repeating that to you.

    And once your budgie has learned how to talk, it might do so frequently in your presence to show that it appreciates you.


    Budgies love to sing, and you might notice that your budgie will be happily tweeting along while you are in the room. This is a clear sign of affection towards you.


    Similar to cats, you might even notice that your budgie will purr in your presence. This is simply a sign to show that it loves you and it wants to play.

    Your budgie will make many active body movements.

    Look at the different ways your budgie might carry itself or its overall body language to determine how it is showing you affection.

    You might see your budgie wagging its tail, much like the way a dog would. This means that your budgie is pleased to see you and that it likes you. It is a common indicator of contentment.

    Budgies also like to flap their wings while staying in place to show that they are happy and to show affection. However, if your budgie is flapping his wings all the time, there might be a problem. We show you why your budgie does that in this article!

    Of course, another clear way to see if your budgie likes you is if its posture is more relaxed. You may also see that it bows its head around you, which is also an indicator that it wants you to pet it.

    You might also see your budgie hanging upside down in its cage. This leaves your budgie in a vulnerable position, so if you see it hanging upside down, this is a clear indicator that it likes and trusts you.Are budgies loving?

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      It will show affection through different forms of touch.

      One of the biggest ways that budgies will show affection through touch is through cuddling. As your budgie is perched on your shoulder, you may notice that it often nuzzles its head against your neck.

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        It may also nuzzle its head against your hand, or it may climb all over you, take time to groom you, and more. Budgies that appreciate their human companions are not afraid to show physical affection.

        Your budgie will be playful.

        Budgies love to play. Any of the indicators mentioned above can also mean that your budgie wants to play with you.

        Make sure to include lots of toys in its cage, and to perhaps spend some time with your budgie to play with those toys. We show you 15 toys budgies love to play with in this article!

        Your budgie might also be ‘biting’ you, but softly with its beak. This is a common way for budgies to play with one another.

        Your budgie might make different beak and head movements.

        The way budgies move their beaks is also a way they communicate. You might see your budgie grinding its beak, which shows that it is happy. As mentioned above, budgies might also softly nibble at you with its beak, which is another sign of affection.

        And finally, you might see your budgie regurgitating its food, which is one of the biggest ways a budgie will show you that it loves you.

        How to Make Your Budgie More Affectionate

        You might see that your budgie is not yet showing these signs of affection. This does not necessarily mean that your budgie does not like you and does not want to play with you. It usually simply means that your budgie is not yet used to you and is scared of you.

        There are different ways you can make sure that your budgie grows more comfortable in your presence and will grow to show you affection.

        The key here is to be patient. Get your budgie a good quality cage and make sure it is in a place where you spend a lot of time. Speak to it very quietly and calmly, as budgies can become frightened by loud noises.

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          Spend as much time as you can with your budgie, because budgies are social animals and need social interaction. And when you do let your budgie out of its cage, make sure you let it spend time perched on your shoulder or your hand, pet it softly, and give it some treats, too.

          Important Things to Remember

          • Each budgie is different. What one budgie does to show affection might not be what another budgie does. Make sure you pay attention to the way your budgie acts to understand its different behavioral patterns.
          • If your budgie’s feathers are ruffled and it appears to be restless, this is actually not a sign of affection, but instead, it’s a sign that your budgie might be uncomfortable and that it doesn’t trust you. Be patient and discover what it is that your budgie does not like that you are doing.
          • You might hear a scream from your budgie. This is not a normal noise that it makes and it typically means that something isn’t right. It is important to follow up on what is bothering your budgie.
          • Make sure to approach your budgie from the front or the side.
          • Budgies don’t like to be petted on their backs, tails, or wings. If you pet your budgie there and you get a negative reaction, this is why. Budgies like to be petted on their heads and necks instead.
          • Make sure you take time out of your day to spend with your budgie. This is one of the best ways to bond and therefore to have your budgie be more affectionate.

          Once your budgie has grown comfortable in your presence, you will find that these are happy and content birds. As we have established, there are many different ways in which your budgie will show you affection.

          It is important to spend quality time with your budgie in order to establish this bond. There are some behaviors your budgie might display which may seem strange to you, such as flashing eyes and not liking to be pet, but these are actually normal in budgies.

          Here’s to a happy and healthy long life for all budgies!

          Related Questions

          What does it mean if a budgie’s eyes flash? Eye flashing is nothing to worry about and is also a common way in which budgies will show affection. If its pupils dilate and constrict in your presence, it most likely means that your budgie likes you and wants to spend time with you. This is also a common sign of interest in a budgie.

          Why doesn’t my budgie like to be petted? It’s simply due to the fact that many smaller birds don’t like being pet. You might find your budgie occasionally bowing its head, which shows that it may want a head scratch. But try not to pet it too often. And if it just doesn’t like being pet at all- this isn’t a cause for worry.

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          Gaurav Dhir

          Gaurav is an animal enthusiast. He lives in beautiful Ontario with his energetic family. As a part of his work at beautyofbirds.com, he has been working with ace parrot trainer, Cassie Malina to understand bird behavior and learn more about how he can train his feathered companions.

          5 thoughts on “5 Things That Show How Affectionate Budgies Really Are”

          1. I have 3 budgies and they seem content not letting me touch them. It seems they have each other and do not need a human touch. They sing all the time and love their fresh fruit and veggie snacks. They have a bird bath that they enjoy about every other week. I wish they did want to interact with me but it seems they are not interested. I love watching them and hearing them sing. Sometimes their singing makes my ears flutter:)

            • Hey Linda,

              thank you for your comment 🙂

              I know this isn’t what most people like to hear but the truth is that even though birds are known for being very intelligent and for showing affection towards human beings, they do not need us and they were not made for enjoying the interaction with humans.

              However, that does not mean that I don’t understand you. I totally understand your wishes and it is definitely possible.

              The way you describe your budgies it seems that they have a wonderful home and are absolutely happy.

              Just spend a lot of time in front of the cage and never forget: your budgies enjoy interacting with each other but they also enjoy treats. Guess who has the treats – you! 🙂

              Use your power wisely and they soon will start to interact with you.

              Let me know if you need any help 🙂



              • i have a pair, Sid and Nancy, they only want each other, not me, i did javea hand trained rescue budgie but not these two. what can i do. love them so much. they fly free, not caged.

          2. I have 2male bu dgies but they are always competing over everything one bullied the other a lot but he got fed up and attacked him his head had blood on it he was fine they come to me but if one on the other gets him to move I have lots toys and water fountain they love but would love any tips to help them get along better they came as a pair at 7month and are out all day I only lock cage at night

          3. Hi,

            My budgie eats very little in the way of veg or fruit, he likes broccoli but won’t have much. Is this okay that his diet isn’t varied?


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