Friday, November 25, 2005

Friday Creature

I found this bird and a bunch of friends in an aviary at a doctor's office waiting room recently. I've always thought of this type of bird as a parakeet, but (the things I learn through sharing these photos!) it turns out it's budgerigar. The aviary housed quite a variety of budgies in all sorts of colors and sizes and provided a refreshing change from the usual waiting room staples like 20th century Reader's Digests and cable TV news (or even worse, that awful pseudo news health programming).

Other creatures are boarding over on the ark -- check them out and have a safe, warm weekend!

UPDATE: It just happens that I was back in the same waiting room yesterday and found a card on the aviary with a web site address. So, when I saw sravana's comment this morning, which rightly cast doubt on my ID of the bird in the photo (thank you!), I went to the supplier's web site, and sure enough, the bird is not a budgie! It's looks like it's a Blue-breasted Cordon Bleu Waxbill -- or more simply put, a finch.


fletch said...

Beautiful bird and great pic. I like the blurry colors in the background for balance also. The colors offer a needed tropical cheeriness this time of year.

sravana said...

Great shot, Alice, but I hate to burst your bubble, but it's not a budgie. Look at the Wikipedia page you linked to, and notice the difference in the bills of the birds. Your bird is likely some kind of finch - in fact, it looks a lot like a canary I once had, except for the exotic color... and the very pointed bill.