A small careless moment is enough and your budgie has found its way into “the great freedom”. But you should be aware of the fact that a budgie hatched and raised in the house has only marginal chances of survival outside.
Besides the problem of foraging, temperatures and “natural” predators are a serious problem.
The question you are probably asking yourself at this point is: How long can my escaped budgie survive in the wild?
You will get the answer now!
When the budgie escapes …
… the despair is great and you look for solutions.
There are many tips, all of which do not bring real success and will not persuade your budgie to come home.
If you leave your window open in autumn or winter and the budgie takes the chance to “escape”, its chances of survival are more than slim.
Originally native to Australia, the bird has no protection against the cold and freezing winds. Budgies kept as pets have never learned to take care of themselves and protect themselves from the effects of the weather.
This means that in most cases, the chances of reuniting with the escaped budgie are therefore slim.
The natural habitat of the budgerigar: Australia
The small parrot species is found everywhere in Australia.
In their natural habitat, they are found mainly along watercourses, in savannahs and in bushland. The food supply is varied and summer temperatures prevail throughout the year.
Europe, on the other hand, has a different climate that is not suitable for budgies and in which they can hardly survive, especially in the cold half of the year. The European summer does not really differ from the Australian climate in terms of temperatures. Nevertheless, your budgie has the problem of having to find its own food and follow its natural instincts.
The natural protection and flight instincts are not present at all in offspring.
It’s a different story with wild budgies, which you’ll find virtually all over Australia outside of the southwest and the north and east regions.
The season is crucial
If your budgie uses the cold season for a trip out the window, it won’t survive long due to the adverse conditions.
And it gets worse: the low temperatures are just one of many problems that the budgie has to fight and find shelter against.
During the winter months, there is no food that he can find, for example, in fields, gardens and urban green spaces.
In sub-zero temperatures, you can assume with almost certainty that your budgie will not even survive the first night in freedom.
In the summer it looks different!
Grass and flower seeds serve as food for the actual pet, and temperatures are high enough for the budgie to follow its day and night rhythm without the risk of freezing to death. In the parks and city gardens in the summer, some flocks of budgies can be observed, which join together and go in search of food. This is a natural urge, as the “Welli” is a flocking bird and in its natural habitat lives in larger groups with its peers.
Do budgies find food in nature?
This is a question you ask yourself as the owner of an escaped budgie. After all, you have always made sure that your feathered roommate has enough food and fresh water available.
Even though the natural instincts of budgies atrophy in captivity, they are able to fend for themselves and find seeds and grasses in the wild given the right weather and an adequate food supply.
However, the enemies of the “pet budgie” lurk not only in the air. Stray cats, but also dogs walking in the park pose a threat to budgies. The natural urge to take to the skies at the slightest feeling of insecurity has almost completely atrophied in many years of cage and apartment keeping.
Unsuspectingly, an escaped budgie looks its enemy in the eye and does not assume that the lurking cat poses any danger. The search for food therefore turns into a constant fight for survival, which only very few budgies survive.
What chances of survival do budgies have outdoors?
The frightening realization of this article is: Most budgies can survive in freedom only a few days.
They have limited ability to find food on their own or to properly assess the danger of a hostile encounter with predators such as cats.
In addition, the European climate makes it difficult for the small parrot species. While an escaped budgie can survive a few weeks in summer and at best find a flock, the chances of survival in snow and rain are very slim.
Birds fed exclusively on grains, in particular, have a hard time finding nutritious herbs in the wild and recognizing them.
If you always feed your budgie fresh herbs, fruits and lettuce, his chances of surviving in the wild are much higher. This is because it knows different foods and is therefore able to sustain itself without your help for a longer period of time that is suitable in terms of temperature.
In spring and summer budgies can survive outdoors for a few weeks and find enough food. Under a thick blanket of snow and in sub-zero temperatures, chances are limited because there is no food or ability to maintain body temperature.
Can a budgie come back? The best tips for capturing
If your budgie has escaped, you will probably hope for its return.
Unfortunately, there is no guarantee!
The sooner you notice the disappearance, the greater the chances that the budgie is still in the immediate vicinity of your home. It may help to put the open cage in the garden and hope that the budgie will smell its usual food and return home.
If you see your budgie, do not frighten it and in no case try to capture it with your hands or with any other tool. These methods have the opposite effect and end up making him fly away and avoid the place of fright.
What does not work, on the contrary, is an open window, through which the wavy escaped – but through which he will not return.
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