DESIRABLE FEATURES IN AN EXHIBITION BUDGERIGAR

by Kelwyn Kakoschke
(Taken from the text of a lecture given at Newcastle Budgerigar Club June 1999)

CINNAMON SKY COCK

Directional feather almost covers and extends forward from the cere before rising up into the cap.


Directional feather radiates from the cere similar to an extended fan, sweeping down to an angle of approximately 30 degrees before extending up into the cap.

Great density of feather around the beak and cere is necesary to achieve this, resulting in the cheek patches being pushed to an almost horizontal position.


SPANGLE GREY GREEN HEN

Excellent exhibition and stud spangle grey green hen. Good bone structure results in wide eye placement, body length and carriage. The exceptional feather quality is achieved by broad long feather which is held tight to the body. This feather also produces well shaped throat spots.


GREY COCK

Exhibits perfect stance and back line.

Perfect stance is created when a budgerigar stands with its eye, butt of the wing and ball of the foot in perfect alignment.

Exceptional back line is achieved when an imaginery line can be drawn through the cere, the eye and dissecting the back skull at a point from which it sweeps in a slight concave to the tip of the tail.

(NOTE: This bird was photographed during the breeding season, hence the trimmed feathers behind the legs.)


LIGHT GREEN COCK

Exhibits lovely facial features. Notice the density of feather is so great that the beak is almost hidden by feather sweeping outward and upward.

Balance is created by the height above the beak being approximately equal to the depth of mask below.

The mask is so deep that it extends over the butt of the wing and exhibits ideal placement of cheek patch and spots. Well shaped spots are possible because of broad long feather.

(NOTE: Narrow and straw feather is to be avoided.)