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Old 06-18-2011, 11:27 PM
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Default Wild Budgie Population in USA?

I know lots of exotic animals can thrive in parts of America. Since it's so big, there are lots of different climates.

Are there any areas where there could be a wild budgie population, with conditions similar to Australia, where the come from?

I'm hypothesizing that there are no wild budgie flocks in America. I'm thinking that maybe even if the climate is right, that competition with the native species in that area for food, water, etc may push them out. Not to mention that the only budgies that made it over here were supposedly domesticated and probably not apt for wild living.

Let me know if I'm right!! I think it's an interesting topic. You know, iguanas are not native, but where I live (southwest Florida) we actually have a problem with people buying iguanas, and letting them outside when they get too big! And they don't die, they to great in this weather, and have little competition, as there's plenty of lush green food for them to eat.

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I believe there are wild populations of budgies in some of the warmer southern states... they are descendants from escaped cage birds.
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Old 06-19-2011, 12:24 AM
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I have read that there is a population of wild budgies in Florida. In fact despite so many budgies escaping (or even being let loose) all over the world, Florida is the only place with a large population living wild. Although I don't like to think of escaped budgies dying, it is a bad thing when introduced species thrive - it is bad for the native species. True whether it's birds, plants, mammals (rabbits in Australia) whatever. So many cases of an introduced species causing problems.
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Wild flocks of Budgies are in Florida
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The US already has some nonnative bird issues that probably help keep other small birds from taking over many areas. The introduced starlings and sparrows nearly wiped out songbirds and swallows in this area until the hawks made a sudden reappearance and went after the smaller pest birds very aggressively. I remember purple finches losing their nests to sparrows when I was a kid and the starlings chase the robins and barn swallows out every year. That is until the redtails nested next door and multiplied from a pair to probably near a dozen over the past 8-10years. We now have several barn swallow nests in the stable and a couple robin nests in the hay building.
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I'm not sure of budgie but here in southern California I have seen a flock of wild Quakers. I have a teacher who has a flock that lives near his house too.
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Lol its not only rabbits in australia, europeans did a pretty good job of introducing feral animals when we came to australia...
Rabbits, foxes, cats, dogs, goats, camels, cane toads, starlings, rats, wild boar, miner birds, pigeons... and this is just the destructive animals, off the top of my head!
No populations of feral budgies though, strangely only native wild budgies in the desert, not in the coastal areas.

Yep i have heard they live in the wild in florida too
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Hi, we here in Namibia has a flock in Swakopmund, at the seaside. They live in the Palm trees next to a hotel which has an aviary in their courtyard. So they live wild and breed in the trees. So nice to have a cup of coffee on the outside and see them flying above.
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Wow, so we have budgies here, too! We have quite a few huge macaw parrots about. My aunt used to have sunflowers, and they would eat all her sunflower seeds!

It's always a shame when native species die out because of the animals that shouldn't be here, as some say. :/ I wonder how many pets are let out by their lazy owners who don't want them any more, and how many are actually escaped. Poor things.
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Well, I certainly learned something from reading this thread... I had no idea that iguana were not indigenous to Florida, nor did I know there were wild budgies there. Also, I enjoyed looking at the pics on the link.
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