|Image © Triplej Australia|
Budgies have a higher body temperature than humans (common temperature of 41°C) and a higher metabolic rate. Their body size is quite small, so you would think they absorb the heat very quickly. Budgies spend all their activity during the day so that they really have to control their body heat to keep from overheating!
How can they stay cool?
Physical evolution to withstand the heat in Australia:
- A fast respiration rate (which allows greater heat dissipation through breathing)
- Bare feet, which may sound silly, but it also contributes to heat loss
- Keep their activity level down compared to regular days, when the air is cooler
- Sleep/take naps
- Hide in the trees when it's too warm during the day
- Panting: just like dogs, budgies also pant to dissipate heat
- Bathing, of course, helps to cool their bodies down. It also keeps their feathers clean.
- When a cool breeze provides some relief from the heat, budgies may puff out their feathers or flutter their wings to let the circulating air reach their hot skin.
- Survive, no matter how hot it gets!
|Some types of food can quickly go rancid in the Summer. Photo © Kurt Kolar's "Grasparkieten"|