Friday, 6 September 2013

More on Budgies


So when I mentioned budgies last week in a post, I didn't realize that Americans don't know and don't use this name for little pet parakeets. In Britain, Canada and Australia, these birds are called budgerigars or budgies for short. I think budgerigar comes from an Australian aborigine word, although no one is entirely sure what it means. "Good to eat" is one theory I've read. Apparently, budgies are native only to Australia but now, of course, they are bred everywhere as pets.

And how can I talk about budgies without posting my favourite Monty Python clip about how to put your budgie down?



Classic Python tastelessness, I know, but funny as hell!

44 comments:

Laurie said...

oh my gosh thats so funny!!!!!!!

That drumming circle sounds wonderful, its been to long for me, I finally realized why your posts aren' coming up, I disappeared off your followers list, its crazy, I have been a follower for years, I wonder what happened, I suspect alien intervention,

mxtodis123 said...

I had three little budgies. We had one who just loved Spanish music and used to bob his little head and dance. Cutest little thing. When hubby went to work, he always left the radio on for him.
Mary

Wean said...

This post brought back memories for me, when I was a little girl my Dad used to breed budgies. They wer beautiful and I loved them, so much so that when I married and left home I had to have one, a blue/grey called Mickey - my we're going back a few years now folks - but boy could that little bird talk ! he 'got' everything straight away, he was so entertaining and I was broken hearted when he died.
Judging by the title of the video clip, I'm glad my computer won't play videos !
thanks for posting

gal artist said...

I used to have budgies and read a lot about them, so I know that term, but I believe you are right, most people refer to them as parakeets here.

Miss Val's Creations said...

What a great Python clip. I will stick with cats instead of budgies!

DEZMOND said...

we call them papagay in my language :)

turquoisemoon said...

I inherited two. They love only each other. When I come into their room, they run to the far side of their cage and flutter. Lucy, my Cairn Terror..oops! Terrier, would love to know them better.(gulp) hahaha

Suzanne said...

Monty Python......classic

Jim said...

LOLOLOL!
Just look at those two!! Gotta love tastelessness every now and then! Thanks Debra!~

Jeanne said...

I have Budgies growing up - we always had a pair. And my Sister & her Hubby raised them for awhile. They had several that were very well trained.
I always heard the term "budgie" in reference to parakeets. Maybe it's a generational thing.... you know how those younger folks are..... LOL

jaz@octoberfarm said...

i'm american and i know what a budgie is! but maybe i picked that up in canada? i think i've called them budgies since i was little though!

Linda Wildenstein said...

it's interesting that there really is a proper name for them......we always just called them messy little buggers. Oma Linda

Snap said...

I remember, when I was a very little girl, visiting my Great Uncle John and Great Aunt Wanda on their farm. Among the many animals they had (a goat who loved cigarettes) were the budgies. They raised them. I was fascinated!

Jenn said...

Who knew that budgies weren't budgies everywhere? And Monty Python... tasteless but hysterical!

Happy weekend!

Yvonne said...

I learned the term 'budgie' when I had some years ago. Is that a photo of some or is it a painting? It's wonderful either way.

Riot Kitty said...

"Good to eat"? Yuck! Now I know what a budgie is, thanks!

Lois said...

I offered to look after my friend's budgie years and years ago when she was pregnant with her 3rd child and overwhelmed with pets. It would spin somersaults on it's swing and then after a month or so it died. That was my only try at birds. I think Buttons the cat stared at it until it went mad, and committed suicide by motion sickness.

Laurent said...

I think we had a canary when we were kids or maybe it was a budgie. It was yellow. We did not have it long. I always thought they were fragile birds.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

"They breed in the sewers..." BAHAHAHAHAHA... I LOVE Monty Python!

Cheryl said...

Yes, funny as hell.

I had never heard them called budgies until your post.

I did have a few parakeets as a kid but now just two cats. That enough pets for me, for now.

Willow said...

I use to have a bundle of budgies .
Chatty little buggers.

Adam said...

never heard of that name

Birdie said...

I owned budgies and loved them! Can't have them now but the Ungrateful Bastard asks me at least once a week if he can have one. He is horrible pet owner.

Kellie @ Delightfully Ludicrous said...

I had a budgie when I was a kid that we found one day on the back fence. He must have lived in an office before he came to us because he'd say things that sounded like office speak.

Neesie said...

I've just nipped across for the first time from Laurie and what a giggle you've given me.
Having just arrived back in the UK from Austalia I can only think of skinny little swimming trunks when I hear the word budgie now...they call 'trunks' Budie Smugglers which doesn't leave much to the imagination of why!
Maybe that's too much information on my first visit to you...sorry!
I enjoyed the Monty Python clip. I haven't seen it for years.
Have a great weekend :D

LL Cool Joe said...

Classic piece of Monty Python. I'm not sure I've ever seen a budgie in real life.

But I too have heard of budgie smugglers. :D

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Never owned one, but we did have a cockatiel when I was young. Wonder if you put them down the same way... LOL

Fundy Blue said...

Hi Debra! Wonderful Monty Python clip! I'm so sick of the politically correct pandemic that just about killed off irreverent fun! I adore budgies! I had to get used to using parakeet here in America though. I'd mention budgies, and no one would have a clue what I meant. I would love to have a budgie for a pet, but I love traveling more! Have a good one!

missy said...

I had parakeets as a child in the 50's..They were "budgies"..Great clip..

Vapid Vixen said...

I grew up in Canada and didn't even realize Americans didn't know what a budgie was. They don't exactly come up in every day conversation. :)

Kay G. said...

You are correct, I had never heard of "budgies" until I married my British husband. He wrote a great song about a budgie, if I can get him drunk enough, he will sing it for you!
Oh! And our local PBS station advertised "Monty Python" with these words, "If your girlfriend laughs at this, MARRY HER!"
HA!

Magic Love Crow said...

Got to love Monty Python ;o) LOL!

Professor Chaos said...

I thought "Budgie' was a member of Siouxie and the Banshees.

Ol'Buzzard said...

Great blog: found you on Yellow Dog Granny's
the Ol'Buzzard

PAPS said...

We call them budgies too.
www.thoughtsofpaps.com

Abby said...

Hi, I linked over from Riot Kitty's. We had a budgie when I was a kid. Never shut up. I knew they are budgies, but most people here call them parakeets. Native to Australia? Never knew!

I was reading your tattoo chronicles. Didja ever get one??

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Hi Abby -- No, I never did get inked. But who knows? Maybe someday!

mrsduncanmahogany said...

I had a budgie a few years ago, his name was Piper as he sang the most beautiful songs. Sadly, he bit too often too hard so he was re-homed. Remind me to tell you of the time I dressed as a Monty Python lumberjack....Grade 12 talent show.

Sunshineshelle said...

Oh My Debra!! EVERYONE in this house LOVES Monty Python, tasteless YES Hysterical MORE SO! We grew up with budgies (good Aussie pet) ours usually chatted, I think the boys are more apt to parrot speech patterns, good eating maybe LOL, but I don't eat birds (or eggs) but their wasn't too much food in the Aussie desert so don't blame the indigenous people for accessing the organic free range flocks when required :)

sophie...^5 said...

I had a little budgie as a child Pepe Pepe Pepe !! So sweet and smart!!

klahanie said...

Hi Debra,

And Americans don't know how to spell in proper English.

Anyway, it only makes sense to share your budgies posting on um Twitter.

As for Monty Python and that surreal sketch, what say we make Monty Python seem like serious drama. Or show some reruns of Second City Television.

I appreciated your thoughtful comment on my blog, thank you, Debra.

Gary

Rue said...

I didn't know that the name "budgie" wasn't used in the US - fascinating.

My grandmother always had one. When it would pass, she would replace it right away. Every one of them was called "Chico." As a kid, I thought that birds lived forever because Grandma's Chico was there for years and years...

Bird said...

We had parakeets and canaries the entire time I was growing up. I just loved them. We did call them budgies here and we're in Michigan, so... I guess that we must be close enough to the Canadian to use the name.? ;-)

laughingwolf said...

;)