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The new "exotic."

By Laura Doering

Budgies Sam and Gigi
Courtesy Nick Morris
Budgies Sam & Gigi are true sisters: they snuggle, play together and, occasionally, bicker.

Budgies are one of  the world’s most popular pet birds, but it’s been a while since I actually spent time with one. We’ve had macaws, mini macaws, cockatoos, lories, conures, caiques and more in the office for photo shoots but rarely a budgie. So it was a bit ironic that this icon of a pet bird seemed more exotic than our previous photo subjects.

The budgies were fearless and stayed still longer than any large parrot we’ve had in. And, when a green-winged macaw flaps its wings, the props sail by. With budgies, it’s more of like a gentle breeze. I was mesmerized and smitten.


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