Lindy's Peregrinations #2 - Yep, I'm a bird nerd, but I'm even more a Budgie-lover. I can't even see a photo of one without automatically clicking my tongue at it - thanks to my childhood Tweetie and the succession of Blues afterwards (even if they were another colour, they were all Blue). And I've seen them in the wild, where their swift aerial manoeuvres - and glorious colour changes as they flock - can inspire a real uplifting of the heart. This is a cheerful and engaging book, a homage to the sweet little avians that have captivated the world and charmed many a cranky human. For such a little bird, they've had a surprising impact, and this history of our interactions with Psittacus undulatus should delight anyone who has ever had the pleasure of their acquaintance! Lindy Jones
Budgies, budgies, budgies. Beautiful and cheeky, delightful and enchanting, wild or tamed budgerigars are Australia's gift to the bird world.
They sing and dance, and yawn as contagiously as humans. They are masters of mimicry. They grasp simple grammar, can count to six and have memories that belie their size. They've been coveted by royals and been companions to the great and famous as well as grannies in suburban kitchens around the world. They've been painted by masters, rendered in the finest porcelain and graced fashionable hats and earrings of the highest order. Their image has been used to sell whisky, stamps and laundry detergent and everything in between.
Surprising, charming and occasionally alarming, Budgerigar is the book that at last opens the cage door on the incredible story of the little bird that grew.