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Club and Membership
For information about the club, which is located in central NJ, USA, or about the club's operations and activities, click on Membership. You'll be taken to the Membership Page, which provides a basic overview of the club and access to a Membership Application. For more detailed information regarding upcoming meetings or shows, local breeders, and similar type questions, e-mail the club at Tri-State Budgerigar Society. One of the club officers will get back to you with the requested information. If your information needs are more immediate, call Marcia Halbert, the club President, at (732) 416-0796, or Joyce D'Accardi, Membership and Treasurer, at (732) 462-5616.
For a more personal view, we sincerely hope that you'll attend one of our meetings, so we can meet and you'll have the opportunity to observe and participate in club activities.
Rather than attempt to give an authoritative response to all possible budgie-related questions, our primary on-line approach is to point people in the right direction by providing links to websites we have found to be excellent sources of information on matters relating to budgies.
These websites have been reviewed and are highly recommended by the Tri-State Budgerigar Society for their website set ups, informative articles, pictures, extensive coverage of numerous subjects and frequent updates. Rather than directing your questions to us that do not pertain directly to our club or local area, we invite you to visit any of these sites to find answers to any questions you may have relating to owning a pet, breeding and exhibiting. The websites are not in any particular order. They have been broken down by content to help guide you in obtaining information you are seeking but they are all worth a look.
Websites Geared Towards
Exhibition type (English) Budgerigars
All around good choices for the
exhibition type breeder and exhibitor
United Kingdom based. This is a great site for articles and pictures on many standard and rare varieties, genetics, breeding, help for beginners, diseases, links, etc. You do have to click around a little as it is not apparent just how many articles there really are. Forum / discussion group too.
Spangle Budgerigar Breeders Association
United Kingdom based. This is a wonderful site for any of you that enjoy Spangles. There are dozens of pictures, genetics, articles, descriptions, mating expectations.
Budgerigar World Magazine
United Kingdom based. Lots of great articles, pictures, links, breeders listing, club listing, "Q and A," and magazine subscription ordering. Forum / discussion group too.
PHT's Budgerigar World
PHT is a partnership of three top Danish budgerigar breeders and exhibitors, Jørgen Scheel Poulsen, Niels-Erik Hansen and Ib Thillemann. It is a very good site for the person interested in exhibition budgies, with views and diagrams of faults and good points of head and body, standards, detailed but understandable genetics information and a quiz. There are links to other clubs and websites broken down into about a dozen countries. Forum / discussion group too.
Cyril Rogers World of Budgerigars
The late Cyril Rogers was extremely knowledgeable when it came to budgerigars as well as other cage birds. Starting in the hobby in 1925, he lectured and wrote many books and articles over 70 years and helped to develop many of the mutations as they appeared. This website has been set up as a tribute to him and many of the articles from his writings are now being posted with more to come. There are at least 20 articles thus far on subjects like violets, rainbows, fallows, the laws of inheritance, olives, history of mutations and other topics and varieties.
Sanctioning national USA societies
Budgerigar Association of America
American Budgerigar Association
Both sanctioning societies publish bimonthly publications giving show dates and locations, area listing of clubs, links, pictures, articles, membership information and forms for ordering closed traceable breeder bands.
Websites Geared Towards
Pets and American type (small) Budgerigars
Rescues / Adoptions
Arcadia Bird Sanctuary and Educational Center
For anyone near the central NJ area of Freehold, looking to surrender or adopt a pet bird, this is the place. Donations are also needed.
Basic Bird Care / FAQ / Taming / Nutrition / etc.
Parakeet Training and Care
Contains all kinds of information and very detailed. More than 900 articles and pictures and very nicely organized for easy searching. Covers safety, taming, buying, vocalizations, toys, foods, health and too much more to mention.
The Budgie and Parakeet Place
This is a great site and is run by Mindy Amaral. One of the best for exhibition bird or pet bird owners when it comes to pictures and descriptions of varieties and colors and is a great help in identifying the color or variety of your bird. It is also a great site for care, breeding, taming, toxic plants, FAQ, breeding, vocalizations and much more. Forum / discussion group too.
The family running it is from Cardigan, Wales and breeds the exhibition type of budgerigar on a larger scale for the pet trade, not for exhibition purposes. There is little useful information but the site is updated almost daily and you can tell the webmaster puts a lot of pride and work into the site. The best part of this site is that there are thousands of pictures posted. The majority of the photos showing the birds are not at all captioned to identify the color or varieties pictured, but are still enjoyable to view. You can set the viewing at slideshow, which works great. The pictures come in file categories that show the growth stages from egg to youngster ready to leave parents, their breeding room, construction of aviary, birds in flights and so on. Several good up close pictures of cere (nostril area) color and explanation of the sexing of young and old birds. Forum / discussion group too.
The Ultimate Parakeet Resource by Barbara Ling
An online book by Barbara Ling that covers almost everything relating to basic budgie ownership. The book is unique in that, although there is relatively little written for each of the chapters, there are resource links provided to multiple other sites and even Ebay, that cover the chapter topic. There are even chapters are about making toys, recipes for homemade foods and treats, training and finding a lost pet.
Mahalo - The first human powered search engine
This is the "take you elsewhere" links page. The top choices for basic care, adoption, history of mutations, training, behavior, health, photos, etc. Forum / discussion group too.
Easy to understand site for the pet owner that covers basics like wing clipping, interesting facts, body language, taming, biting, foods, photos, memorials and more. Pictures from viewers are accepted for posting. Forum / discussion group too.
Pet Bird Budgie - Keet FAQ
Anthony Olszewski has answered 35 questions in detail but he uses concise and simple language regarding pellets, taming, seed moths, cages, grit, bathing, basic care, breeding and other worthy subjects. A must see for the new and not so new bird owners. The answers to the questions are all visible by scrolling down the same page.
Illness / Diseases
Small Parrots in Health and Disease
Excellent discussions of common bird diseases, including diagnosis and treatment, with a focus on Budgerigars and Cockatiels. The presentations are straightforward, highly informative and easy to read.
The site is mostly in German or Hungarian but this page is available in English and covers several ailments and treatments well. It has details on quarantine and exporting and importing requirements under psittacosis. There is nutrition information, life expectancies of some bird species and some questions and answers. At the bottom of the page there is a selection of budgie photos.
Genetics / Breeding / Mating Expectations / History of Mutations
Budgerigar Colour Genetics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This site provides a history timeline of mutations as they appeared and contains detailed information on genetics with the ability to hop to dozens of other links from highlighted words within the articles. Interesting genetics information, but for the most part, you have to be a molecular microbiologist or some other highly educated being to follow the articles. May be too difficult for most people to understand but go there for the mutation timeline.
Color and Variety Standards
WBO Colour Standards
This one has detailed descriptions of all varieties and colors as far as the World Budgerigar Organization requires and is also used by the US national societies. Unfortunately, there are no pictures. Set up well and by clicking on the specific bird in the index, you are taken directly to the description and standard requirements for that color or variety.
Shows / Events / Clubs / Vendors /Suppliers / Services
This site provides a calendar of events complete with links to detailed information on the listed event.