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TWP 2019 Parakeet Encounter

By Chris Taylor Monday, July 22, 2019

Greetings friends and welcome to this week’s blog post. Now this week’s blog is all about the little budgie buddies from down under, the parakeet. Before we talk about that little peeper I want to invite all of you to enter our “Name The Baby Bobcat Contest.” For more details on that follow our social profiles and visit our website. Now let’s travel to the Interaction Area of Timbavati Wildlife Park and talk about parakeets.

One unique encounter in Timbavati Wildlife Park is our Parakeet Encounter. The Parakeet Encounter is an adventure where you are inside of the enclosure. As you can see in this week’s video our guests are having a great time with an up close personal interaction with our little feathered buddies.

It’s rare for us to interact with birds, much less be able to hand feed one. It’s an enlightening experience because when you think about it as humans we have far more interactions with mammals and reptiles than we do birds. The mannerisms and personality that all birds have ample amount of are entertaining to view so close up.

Parakeet Only Fly At Two Speeds

For their part these little Australian natives grow up to about 7 inches long and weight up to an ounce and a half. Don’t let the size fool you though, this little dart can motor at speeds of up to 26 miles an hour. Research performed at the University of Queensland in Australia found that budgies only fly at two speeds, fast and slow, there wasn’t any in-between. They fly fast when going long distances with little obstructions and go slow when they need to navigate obstacles. Pretty neat fact right?

For more fun facts about the parakeet you can watch this week’s video. For more fun animal facts you can follow and subscribe to our feeds. That’s all for this week’s blog. Thanks for reading and we will see you all in the park.


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