Female Budgerigars Pay Attention to This

Some budgies can do a lot of cool tricks: One gives “paws” and the other lifts a lid with his beak to get to the food. We think that’s extraordinary – and for female budgie: smart is cute …

Chinese and Dutch scientists have even found that females would abandon their old partner if they were impressed by a clever little bird.

The scientists found this out using a very simple test: females and males were together in an enclosure, the females chose their partner. The other single parakeets were then trained to be able to lift the lid of a food bowl – they showed this to the females and whoosh: the budgie girls promptly left their old partners alone on the perch.

Evolution is the Magic Word

Scientists explained the female’s decision quite simply with evolution. Because: The mental ability has a clear advantage and in a certain way ensures better survival.

The study can still be expanded, but at least it is a new approach to research into the choice of mates for animals: It is not always just a question of good looks.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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