Budgies are such cute little beautiful birds
They make great pets
And if you have a budgie you know exactly how cute they are!
But one question budgie parents wonder is – Why does my budgie spit at me?
It’s actually quite odd and surprising that a budgie will spit at you right
But here’s the shocking news!
Your budgie is actually showing affection to you!
They’re showing they love you by spitting on you
And when I mean spitting it means they sort of spit their seeds on you
It’s actually a deep sign of affection!
This is not spitting
This is called regurgitation
What Is Regurgitation In Budgies?
It’s when a budgie spits out their food
It’s part of a birds breeding behavior
So here’s what happens
Your budgie will do a head bobbing movement or may stretch their neck before bringing up seed
So if your budgie does this, it’s nothing to be alarmed about
And if your little birdie does this on you then consider it as a way for your budgie to say “I love you” to you
Yes, it’s not an ideal way but hey! at least your budgie is showing affection to you
I want to talk about vomiting too so you understand the difference between the two
When it comes to vomiting, your budgie will just flick their head and vomit
Another sign to look out for is vomit will be scattered around the cage or stuck on your birds head and face
If your budgie has vomited then this requires immediate medical attention so take your budgie to the vets asap!
What Causes Your Budgie To Spit On You (Regurgitation)?
As I mentioned earlier, it’s because your budgie is showing their affection to you
It’s their way of saying I love you to you which is cute (but not when you have seeds all over you!)
Now hormones plays a big part when it comes to your budgie spitting on you as regurgitation is part of mating behavior
Especially during the spring as this is when their sex hormones kick in
You see, breeding behavior relates to the amount of light so what you should is cover your budgies cage so your bird doesn’t receive more than 12 hours of light daily
Female budgies are more hormonal and they show more hormone-related behavior which includes regurgitation
Not all budgies are affected by hormonal surges although when they are affected they can become into budgie monsters!
Other hormonal behavior includes biting and territorial aggression
Your budgie may snap at you if you go near their territory (cage) especially if they don’t want you there!
How To Stop Your Parakeet Regurgitating On You
I’m sure you don’t want to be covered in seeds all the time
Yes, it’s their way of showing affection and I’m sure you appreciate it
But having to change your clothes or take a bath because you’re covered in seeds can be frustrating and annoying
Especially if your budgie frequently is regurgitating on you
Now your budgie may love out of cage time which is when your budgie probably spits at you in affection
When she spits up, put her back in the cage whenever she behaves this way
If your budgie is smart enough she would get the idea that regurgitating on you ends up with her being put back in the cage
This should hopefully stop your budgie regurgitating on you
One thing you need to remember is
Never shout at your parakeet for regurgitating on you
You want to refocus your budgies behavior but the last thing you want is your budgie to become scared of you and to make her feel unloved
Shouting at your budgie when she’s showing you affection can have really bad effects on your relationship with your budgie
Just imagine if you was to show so much love to someone and they turn around and get angry with you
So it’s important to be gentle with your cute little birdie
How Do Budgies Show Affection To Humans?
Budgies show other different ways to show their affection to us humans such as
Making lots of noise.
A loud and chirping budgie means they are comfortable around you and are happy
Make Lots of body movement
Body language is another way budgies show affection to humans
For example your bird may wag their tail like a dog when they see you which means they are really happy!
Budgies also like to flap their wings to show they are happy
If you see your budgie hanging upside down in their cage, then this could mean they are very comfortable around you as they are leaving themselves in a vulnerable position
This clearly shows they trust you!
A playful budgie means they want to play with you and if they want to play with that means one thing – They love you!
You should set out time during the day to play with your budgie
So the answer to the question – Why does my budgie spit on me is because they love you
It’s their way of showing their deep affection to you
You should be happy when your budgie spits on you
They’re actually not spitting but they are regurgitating on you
But you have to make sure it’s regurgitating and not vomit as mentioned in this article
If you don’t want your budgie to spit their seeds out on you then you need to discourage this behavior
Whatever you do, don’t shout at your budgie or get angry because they’re showing you love and you go and get angry
That’s not really nice and can have an effect on your relationship with your budgie
Here’s some other articles about budgies which I think you will find interesting so do check them out!