The Stock Bird

The finest location to judge a budgerigar’s attributes is in its hand. You must be able to sense strength and vitality, as well as a strong fitness. While holding the bird, inspect for feather length, breadth, and density, as well as an adequate covering of body down. The more feathering on the head you can obtain, the better. I put the bird in a normal exhibition cage when it passes the hand test. I say standard display cage because it is critical that while watching budgerigars, we all start from the same spot. Two markings on the display cage stay consistent. These are the perches that are parallel to the punch bar rail and the roofline. Starting with making sure the perches are at eye level offers you a personal basis for seeing birds wherever you go.

A well-balanced bird of roughly 8.5″ on the perch should stand with its eye far over the cage’s ceiling. If the bird’s eyeline is parallel to the roofline, it is either too short or not standing properly. Neither is up to my expectations.

Eye Correctly Positioned

One of the most significant characteristics of a budgerigar, in my opinion, is its eye. You will never get the correct expression on a bird if it is not in the proper posture. It should be high above the cerebellum and as far back in the head as possible. When seen from the front, the backscull should be broader than the eye. The capping must extend over the eye. Clean white or yellow feathering from the eye to the cheek patch is required, as is a slightly convex curving line from the eye to the shoulder.

A good bird should have a wide backscull that allows it to bear the required length and breadth of mask. When I look at a bird with my “naked eye,” I attempt to see two spots between the tip of the beak and the top of the spot. Instead of the spot feather dangling off the yellow or white face, the real spot should be on the bib.

The contemporary bird requires directed feathering on the crown. One flaw that many birds have is that they are not clean above the eye. When seen from the side, the capping should be clean all the way down and beyond the eyeline. I’m drawn to birds with a little hollow backline. This not only makes the budgerigar more elegant, but it also helps to merge the flights into the bird’s rump. With hens, I believe the tail-line should follow the bottom bodyline rather than the top bodyline.

Birds Should Be Tapered

One of our contemporary budgies’ significant breeding flaws, in my opinion, is that they are thick across and across the rump. I like birds that are “taped” and not chopped away behind the legs, with the chest line extending through the leg region, as stated in the BS Ideal. When you read the BS Ideal, you may see a lovely, elegant bird. The only part of the sentence that I would question is the number of visual flights. Nature gave the larger, buff birds a couple additional flights to transport them around years ago.

Over the years, I’ve laughed many times when a judge marked a cage “flights.” Sure, you may notice a missing flight, but how many are still present? Eight, nine, or 10, and they are not long-flying birds. If you can locate a bird with all of these characteristics, you will not only have an excellent stock bird, but you may also have a budgerigar that will win the club show.

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