My Feathered Friends: Albert the Second and Victoria

7 Apr
Albert the Second, swinging, with Victoria looking on

Albert the Second, swinging, with Victoria looking on

Readers of this blog will be familiar with our little white dog, Chicki.

I wonder how many are aware of the other members of our extended family…

Meet Albert the Second and Victoria!

Albert the Second is our newest addition.

Months ago, Albert -our original budgerigar- passed away, leaving behind his blue-feathered partner, Victoria. We knew for certain that she was quite young: about three. And it seemed unthinkable that she would be left alone.

So, when the opportunity to provide her with a friend came along, we made our choice.

Enter Albert the Second!

He’s a handsome fellow. His yellow and green plumage compliment his blue cere and dark eyes that are bright with intelligence.

They spend part of each day outside, where the sounds of other birds keep them company. A pair of Spotted Doves seems to have befriended them, visiting quite often. I like to watch this through the window.  Unfortunately, though, the native Noisy Miners seem quite aggressive, often dive-bombing their cage. It’s  a stark reminder that these modern, professionally-bred budgerigars would never survive in the wild.

Still, our little feathered friends seem quite happy with their lot. One of their favourite activities is to hang on to the swing while someone pushes it high. They are just like children. 🙂

In case you’re wondering, Chicki and the budgies get on just fine!

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6 Responses to “My Feathered Friends: Albert the Second and Victoria”

  1. jorobinson176 April 7, 2014 at 5:08 am #

    Gorgeous little guys! 🙂

  2. davidprosser April 7, 2014 at 5:18 am #

    You know how I love the budgies. I have a soft spot for those with Albert’s coloring which reminds me of my own Joey and Joey II. Both football playing ( ping-pong ball), pepsi drinking, anything eating, money stealing friends who used to chunner away down my earholes whilst cracking hair between their beaks.Since they were both sole pets in their time they were also excellent talkers.
    Their cages were solely used for sleeping and for bathing/eating/drinking their own food as the door was open the rest of the time for freedom.
    Your Albert and Victoria look great Margaret,
    xxx Mega Hugs xxx

    • Margaret Lynette Sharp April 7, 2014 at 5:41 am #

      I remember your telling me about your Pepsi-drinking budgie, David. He sounds like an amazing character. 🙂
      My husband Ron actually chose Albert the Second, and he has turned out to be the most delightful creature. (My husband is okay, too. :)) Neither of these two budgies can talk, but they obviously love to be pushed on the swings. They seem to have a competition going. As soon as one gets a turn, the other hurries over to the second swing and waits expectantly. 🙂

      xxx Gigantic Hugs xxx

  3. Odie Langley April 7, 2014 at 12:49 pm #

    I found it most interesting that they are allowed time outside the cage and come back willingly. They have the best of both worlds freedom and security. Awesome

    • Margaret Lynette Sharp April 7, 2014 at 1:14 pm #

      Several of our relatives also have birds, and they are allowed out of their cages but often prefer to fly back inside, especially when visitors are around.
      The cages usually have toys and swings as well as perches, water and food. I guess they feel like home.

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