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Old 06-17-2011, 11:46 AM
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So we've had our 11 month old budgie (named 'Budgie', why not?) for about 2 months. Everything has gone great and we basically let her run around (supervised) like a dog. She will always step onto me or my girlfriend's finger and she recently discovered that when she lets me pet her head, it feels reallllly good.

My question is, do budgies truly recognize their owners? That is, when I have one of my friends hold her who isn't around the house all the time, is she able to recognize that mom or dad isn't holding her?

I grew up with my family having a cockatiel for most of my childhood, so I'm fairly used to being around birds. My girlfriend Melanie has never owned a bird. While she is confident holding Budgie, I've noticed that Budgie so far only really lets me pet her head and seems just a tad more comfortable on my shoulder (again, I think because Melanie is a new bird owner still gaining confidence).

I know that the Budgie probably senses when the person holding her is confident, but can she decipher if that person is me or a stranger? Will/does she trust me/Melanie more than other people who hold her? Just curious!

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Old 06-17-2011, 12:35 PM
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Hi there,

I believe they can recognize their human companions. My budgie knows all the humans in her flock and can recognize voices even when she cannot see someone. Even a change in appearance doesn't throw her off. If I am not wearing my glasses, change hair colour or throw a hat on, she still knows it's me. You are the primary caregiver and you are your budgie's flock. That is why she is most comfortable with you. Your girlfriend and other friends are not a constant in her life so while she does enjoy their company she knows you aren't going anywhere.
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Old 06-17-2011, 01:27 PM
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That's what I was thinking too, just wondering. Actually, my girlfriend lives with me so she is around just as much as I am. Budgie is very comfortable around her, Melanie is just learning how to become more confident around a new pet.
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I agree with Louara. Budgies can certainly distinguish one person from the next.

Now this might be in my head, but I live on the 3rd floor of our apartment and whenever I get past the 2nd floor walking up the stairs I can hear Tallulah chirping like mad. I always worry that he's been doing it all day but my husband has been home many times when it has happened and says he just started chirping when I was walking upstairs. I swear he knows my footsteps from other people's... it's bizzare! He doesn't do it when anyone else is in the stairwell!

It's also interesting, I lived with my parents when i first got my bird and he loves my mom. She's always worried that he will forget her but as soon as he sees her... even if it has been months, he gets excited.

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I agree with Louara. Budgies can certainly distinguish one person from the next.

Now this might be in my head, but I live on the 3rd floor of our apartment and whenever I get past the 2nd floor walking up the stairs I can hear Tallulah chirping like mad. I always worry that he's been doing it all day but my husband has been home many times when it has happened and says he just started chirping when I was walking upstairs. I swear he knows my footsteps from other people's... it's bizzare! He doesn't do it when anyone else is in the stairwell!

It's also interesting, I lived with my parents when i first got my bird and he loves my mom. She's always worried that he will forget her but as soon as he sees her... even if it has been months, he gets excited.

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That is so cute about the stairs! I know that cats can tell. Whenever my truck pulls up to the driveay, Hana, my cat, runs to the door and peeks out the window at me. She doesn't do it for my husband, haha.
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My friend's old Cockatiel which she re-homed to her cousin's house years and years ago still recognizes her every time she visits her cousin. The Cockatiel whistles a song that my friend taught him every time she visits.
I think Budgies would definitely be able to recognize different people, they are smart. ^_^
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Do budgies recognize their owners? - Yes, absolutely. Birds are very capable of knowing one individual from another whether its the feathered members of a flock, or the human members. Many stories of parrots that take strong likes or dislikes to individual people - and they don't mind sharing their opinions! I know my budgies react differently depending on who the person is. If total strangers come up to the cage they will often sit tall and alert although they usually "warm up" to them quickly. They don't act that way when either of my sons are here (they both are grown and live in other cities) - they are comfortable with them even though they don't see them that often. And I'm glad to say they are most friendly with me and my husband is second! I'm the one who feeds them.
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My birds definitely recognize a stranger - they jump onto my finger with no hesitation, but are usually reluctant to go to anyone else - they do eventually, but have to check them out first. They even act differently if someone new comes in the room.
I had a cockatiel who make all kinds of noise when my car pulled in the driveway - don't know how they do it, but they can tell when you're on your way in!
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Definitely - my budgies know not to bother asking dad for breakfast - its either me or mum
When i get home, they will be calling to me before i get my key in the door - and as soon as i shout back to them (hello) they quieten down I think they know it's me home (from the sound of my car), they just want to be sure its me
Did you know crows can identify a single person from one negative experience? I was reading a while ago, if one crow does not like a person, they will single them out and harrass them, swoop them and caw at them, and teach other members of their flock to avoid the human too...
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I completely agree.

Budgies are wonderful at telling people apart. Quinn knows my roommate (who sometimes takes the cover off in the morning because I work late at night and sometimes just need to sleep) but won't talk with him... well not until recently.

But the moment I walk into the room Quinn is looking me over as if to say "WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG!? >.<", if I walk into my bedroom (just next room over) and he cannot see me but he did see me go into the other room he will chirp and squawk as if to say "HEY you didn't come say hi!".

They are very intelligent creatures, I am have a wonderful time learning more about them.
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