Budgie Colors

Budgies, or budgerigars, are the most common parakeets to be kept as pets. This has often led to the two being confused for being the same bird, even though there are over 100 other parakeets like the rosellas, the monk parakeet, and the lineolated parakeet.

In the wild, budgies have greenish-yellow plumage with black markings around their faces. But years of selective breeding of birds with specific genetic mutations have given these birds various colors and patterns. We have highlighted these below.

Budgie Colors

Common Pet Budgie Colors

Green Series (Yellow-based)

  • Light-green
  • Dark-green
  • Gray-green
  • Olive
  • Yellow

Blue Series (White-based)

  • Skyblue
  • Cobalt
  • Mauve
  • Gray
  • Violet
  • White

Common Pet Budgie Striping

  • Opaline
  • Spangle
  • Cinnamon

Common Budgie Pied Mutations

  • Dominant Pied
  • Recessive Pied
  • Clearflight Pied
  • Dark-eyed Clear

Rare Pet Budgie Mutations

  • Hagoromo
  • Texas Clear Body
  • Easley Clear Body
  • Fallows
  • Rainbows
  • Saddleback
  • Slate
  • Lacewings
  • Helicopters
  • Blackface
  • Blackwing
  • Anthracites

Primary Mutations Leading to Various Budgie Colors

While there can be over a hundred color combinations in budgies, leading to multiple variations, we have highlighted the primary mutations. These combine to form secondary mutations.

  • ADMpied a.k.a. Recessivepied
  • Anthracite
  • Blackfaced (BF)
  • Blue 1
  • Blue 1-Blue 2
  • Blue 2
  • Bronzefallow
  • Brown &/or Sepia
  • Cinnamon
  • Cinnamon-Ino
  • Clear-Pied
  • Clearwing (CW)
  • Crest-Factor (C-F)
  • Dark
  • Darkwinged (DW)
  • Dilute
  • Dominant Clearbody
  • Dominant Gray
  • Dunfallow
  • English Gray
  • Faded
  • Goldenface
  • Graywing (GW)
  • Graywing-Clearwing
  • Ino
  • NSLino
  • Opaline
  • Palefallow
  • Piebald Australian Pied
  • Piednape
  • Recessive Gray & Graygreen
  • Saddlebacked (SB)
  • Scottish Fallow
  • Sex-linked Clearbody
  • Slate
  • Spangle-Factor (Sp)
  • Violet
  • Yellowface

Between the variety in colors and patterns, combined with how easy they are to handle and take care of, it is no surprise why budgies are the 3rd most popular pets after dogs and cats.