Awesome Aviaries

The Birds of Mura Mura Aviary at the Pairi Daiza Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Belgium.

The large outdoor aviary of Mura Mura is a faithful reproduction of the natural environment of the budgerigar.

In the arid and sub-arid regions of Australia, budgies travel together in groups of up to 4,000 birds. Wandering swarms follow the rain as the desert briefly blooms. Grass germinates very quickly to be able to grow new seeds and the grass seeds and fleeting water puddles are exactly what these birds are looking for. Seeing them in flight in the upper areas of the aviary is a truly exotic experience. The birds of the wild variety are all green, and the blue, white, and yellow variants are obtained through mutation during breeding in captivity. Export from Australia is strictly forbidden, but reproduction in captivity is very easy, and as a result the supply surpasses demand. More than 200 bird species inhabit the exterior and interior of the birdhouse. Pink cockatoos, king parrots, cockatiels and more all share the habitat of our parakeets. – from the Pairi Daiza website

photo: photo-memories.be

Movie Review

This month’s movie is Rocky.

This movie is about a small time boxer who overcomes the odds to become a champion. But who cares?! It’s all about the budgies.

Rocky’s love interest, Adrian, is a clerk at a pet store.

In this clip, Rocky flirts with Adrian, while the budgies (“flying candy”) steal the scene.

Budgies also appear in Rocky II.

I’m sure the budgies were also the inspiration for Rocky’s theme song: Gonna Fly Now.