Thursday, December 9, 2010

"Budgie" in different languages

We all know our little feathered friends by the common names budgerigar, budgie, grass parakeet, shell parakeet or just keet.

Do you know how people call budgerigars in other parts of the world?


Alemannic German: Wällesittich

Arabic: الطائر الطيب

Basque: Perikito

Belarusian: Хвалісты папугай

Bulgarian: Вълнист папагал

Catalan: Periquito

Chinese: 虎皮鸚鵡

Croatian: Tigrica

Czech: Andulka vlnkovaná

Dansk: Undulat

Dutch: Grasparkiet

Finnish: Undulaatti

Flemish: Grasparkiet

French: Perruche Ondulée

German: Wellensittich

Hebrew: תוכון

Hungarian: Hullámos papagáj

Ido: Perucho

Italian: Melopsittacus

Japanese: セキセイインコ
Korean: 사랑앵무

Lithuanian: Banguotoji papūgėlė
Navajo Language: Tsídii yáłtiʼí yázhí

Norwegian: Undulat

Persian: مرغ عشق

Polish: Papużka falista

Portuguese: Periquito-australiano

Romanian: Peruş

Russian: Волнистый попугайчик

Sami Language: Unduláhtta

Scottish Gaelic: Buidsidh

Slovak: Papagájec/Andulka

Slovenian: Papagájec

Swedish: Undulat

Tagalog: Melopsittacus Undulatus / Budgerigar

Telugu: మెలోప్సిట్టాసిని
Turkish: Muhabbet kuşu

Ukrainian: Хвилястий папужка

Urdu: بجریگر

If you know their name in even more languages, please let me know! Thanks!


  1. Cool! Where did you find this?

    I knew a few of them already, but some of the new ones are great! My favourite is Croatian: Tigrica ;)

    Does the Polish one (papużka falista) mean something like crazy grandmother?

  2. haha :D "papużka" actually means "little parrot" in Polish, and "falista" means "corrugated" (corrugated means something like shaped into ridges, or furrowed - that's the "stripy" part we are looking for in budgies ;) )

    I also like the Croation translation :D I found them on Wikipedia, and also got some help from Google Translate :)

  3. Slovak: "Papagájec" - that's more official - book - way, in common language it's more like the Czech: "Andulka vlnkovaná", or simply "Andulka" (which I like the most ;))

    1. Thanks so much! I updated the post now :)

  4. The Hungarian one literally means parrot with billows or waves, because of their pattern.