Why parakeets puff up and what does that behaviour mean -Explained

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When budgies puff up their feathers and sit on their perches singing, it’s adorable. But why are they doing it? Is this an indication that they have a problem?

Parakeets Puff up their feathers for a variety of reasons. One of the key reasons is because they are cold and are attempting to warm themselves.


5 Reasons why do parakeets Puff up?


1.They are cold 


It’s possible that your bird is cold. Puffing up is a technique used by birds to conserve body heat. On frigid winter days, you may observe that birds appear “fuller.” Birds fluff up their feathers to trap as much air as possible. The warmer they are, the more air they trap. If your bird appears to be cold, it’s time to put up the heat!

When Parakeets feel too cold they Puff up their Features. They’re simply trying to keep heat near to their body while sleeping if they’re puffy and standing on one foot with their eyes closed.

  1. Fluffing of feathers, a bird traps air to hold in body heat and keep out the effects of cold.
  2. During hot weather, the bird presses its feathers towards the body to eliminate the insulating air.
  3. It allows body heat to escape


2. Your Budgie wants to Get rid of dirt:


Parakeets are among the most beautiful birds on the planet, but many Australian parakeets have a dirty little secret that researchers want to uncover: why their favourite food is soil rather than fruits or nuts. So they get dirty often.

Many times Parakeets pluff up to get rid of any dirt on their Bodies. Maybe dust or soil on their feathers.

Cleaning Parakeets


If you provide a bath for your parakeets, they will keep themselves clean and tidy. However, there are times when the birds require extra assistance with personal hygiene, such as when they are ill or have become sticky or greasy due to contact with soiled materials.

Cleaning the Vent or Bottom of a Parakeet


Too much fruit, or certain illnesses, can cause a condition known as “pasting of the vent” – a dirty bottom, in other words! The feathers in this area are typically clean, and the dry nature of healthy parakeet droppings contributes to this.

An ill bird’s feathers may be stained by diarrhoea, and because all of the liquid is being vented in this manner, other, hard droppings may cling to his vent and feathers. If the parakeet is dehydrated, poop will also cling in this manner.

3. Your Budgie is just too sleepy


When parakeets are getting ready to sleep for the night, they puff up their feathers. If your budgie appears fluffed up, he may be preparing for a nap.

Budgies are known to sleep a lot. Flying around and having fun is a lot of work. When they’re ready to sleep, they’ll puff up their feathers and get comfortable. They might even cuddle with a friend or mate!

Budgies also try to communicate by puffing up parts of their bodies, such as their tails or necks. When a budgie bobs its head and ruffles its tail, it is usually trying to impress a friend, potential mate, or even you!

4. Your Parakeet is  just happy & Excited 


happy parakeet will typically be Puffing up, tweeting a song, talking, or even mimicking sounds they hear often.

Puffy feathers can indicate excitement, so if they’re having a good time, they might try to communicate it through their feathers. Toys in your birds’ cages are essential for keeping them happy and healthy.

However, not every toy is suitable for budgies. Size, material, and paint are all important considerations.

If you’re not sure about your current budgie toys and your budgie is constantly puffed up, check out our budgie toy guide here! We show you what makes a good budgie toy and also show you 15 awesome budgie toys.

5. Your Budgie could be Upset or even worse Sick


Puffing feathers is another sign that your pet is distressed. Other bodily cues to look out for include keeping the wings away from the body and twisting the tail.

The final and most significant reason for your pet’s fluffing is if he or she isn’t feeling well. Make an appointment with your veterinarian if your pet is fluffed up for the majority of the day. Birds have an excellent ability to conceal illness.

Signs of Sickness


Another reason why your budgie might be puffing up its feathers is because of sickness. Usually, this behaviour is accompanied by other subtle signs and symptoms.

Birds in the wild often disguise their sickness to protect themselves and this is a behaviour that still lingers in domesticated birds.

Other symptoms might include:

  • Lethargy
  • Heavy, fast breathing
  • Sneezing
  • Sleeping Excessively
  • Weight loss
  • Temperament changes

If you notice any unusual behaviours or symptoms (such as fluffed feathers), especially if they are accompanied by sticky poop, loss of appetite, or other symptoms, take your feathered friend to the veterinarian for a checkup.

Please Note: All birds are unique. Some behaviours may indicate something other than what is typical. It is important to keep your bird safe and healthy by watching for irregular activity and taking your bird to regular vet checkups.


Budgies eat the soil for the nutrients in it, mainly sodium Budgieplace

Related Issues


What is causing my budgie to shiver? Shivering is a natural part of budgie grooming. If your budgie begins picking at feathers or shivering excessively, this could be a sign of anxiety, and you should take him to a vet.

What’s the deal with my budgie’s screams? It could be due to boredom, a lack of exercise, illness, or a sign of happiness. Try interacting with and playing with your budgie more. If, on the other hand, your budgie is bobbing its head and screaming, you most likely have a very happy friend!


Is it necessary for budgies to sleep in the dark? Yes, you should keep your budgies in the dark while you sleep. Their cages should be covered as well, so they don’t get night frights. In this case,

Do you still have questions?

Pet ownership is a tricky business! Each one has different care and needs, so learning everything you can about your pet is the best way to ensure they get the best possible care.

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