Do Budgies Talk in Their Sleep Always?

Last updated on February 5th, 2024 at 10:39 pm

Written by Isra P

Do budgies talk in their sleep? Plenty of pet owners have asked that question without getting the right answer. Budgies, like other parrot family members, love mimicking all kinds of sounds, including human speech. However, they often do it during the daytime. But, can they do it while sleeping?

As it turns out, budgies talk in their sleep quite often. Once they grasp how to speak, it is so deeply ingrained in them that they utter words even while napping. You may think it is a little strange, but if you look at people, they do it all the time. More often than not, it is related to dreams and how the subconscious processes all the information and events of the day.

If a budgie talks while sleeping, it is often a good indication that your bird is happy. Now, budgies tend to make other sounds at night for various reasons. Some are defense mechanisms, and others are signs of something amiss.

Many factors may cause budgies to make noise while sleeping. These sounds usually indicate they are happy, scared, or feeling under the weather. Interestingly enough, some of them take place while budgies are dreaming.

However, in other instances, they result from disturbances that compromise your pet’s restful sleep. Talking, singing, and chirping as budgies slumber are telltale signs they are doing fine. On the other hand, snoring, whimpering, screeching, or squawking at night is their way of expressing discomfort.

Do Budgies Dream?

If you have wondered whether budgies dream, you will love to hear they do. Researchers have found out several exciting details about the way budgies sleep. Results show their sleep cycle consists of two phases: slow wave sleep and REM sleep. This finding is astonishing as it hints that the way budgies sleep has some striking similarities to how humans do.

budgerigar that is sleeping

Regeneration and healing of a budgie’s tissues take place during the first phase (slow wave). The second phase, often called REM sleep, is likely the time when birds dream and the learning process occurs. It is during this phase that sleeping birds tend to talk and sing. Why is that?

If you think about it, humans do this as well. When we dream, we may speak (to the dismay of our loved ones) about our experiences during the day and our emotional conflicts. It is the time when our brains process the knowledge we have acquired and our internal struggles. Budgies also have feelings, and they may assimilate them during that state.

Do Budgies Snore?

Have you ever heard a budgie snore? Well, if you haven’t, consider yourself lucky. Why? Snoring in birds is not a good sign. Similarly to people, when birds snore, it is typically an indication they have breathing problems of some sort.

Fungi, bacteria, parasites, foreign objects, and a lack of nutrients could be the culprits behind that seemingly harmless behavior. Moreover, budgies afflicted by ailments will also act differently than they normally do. For example, you may notice they are always sleepy, have labored breathing, and experience nasal discharges. If that’s the case, take them to an avian veterinarian asap.

Why Do Budgies Whimper While Sleeping?

Budgies may also whimper when they are sleeping. This situation is normally the result of your pet being stressed by an uncomfortable setting or a predator. Budgies often do this to get your attention so you can help them get rid of any potential attacker nearby (resource).

Sometimes you may notice that they sing at night. This is because they are either dreaming or trying to discourage any potential danger from getting close to them.

The occasional chirp at night could also be considered a warning that something is getting close. This sound is to announce they are paying attention to their surroundings, and predators won’t have an easy time catching them off guard.

Predators could be mice, snakes, or even your beloved cat. The mere proximity of another animal that could present a risk to their well-being is more than enough to agitate them.

Birds that don’t sleep well also tend to make noises at night. If there’s light in their room when the sun sets, that makes them restless and noisy.

do budgies talk in their sle

What do Budgies do When They Sleep?

When Budgies are ready to sleep, they usually puff up and tuck one leg close to the body while the other has a tight grip on a branch or perch. Furthermore, they tuck their heads under the wings to rest on their backs (reference).

They usually remain in that position for many hours unless something bothers them. During that time, they may remain completely quiet, talk if they are dreaming, or chirp in case a threat may be nearby

In the following video, you will be able to see a funny budgie talking in his sleep:

Do Budgies Sleep Through the Whole Night

Generally, budgies sleep through the whole night if they are healthy and left undisturbed. They might wake up if you get too close or try to check up on them, though. This is because they are very intuitive and can perceive anything or anyone approaching them without effort.

awake budgie

So, ironically, by trying to see if they are sleeping, you are likely to wake them up. Budgies might take a bite or drink a sip of water occasionally, but they tend to do that when something else wakes them up

Budgies talk in their sleep more than we think, and it’s perfectly normal. It’s also a good sign because birds having a monologue indicates they are content and fairly relaxed. If you hear screeching or squawking instead of speaking, something is not right. It may mean your pet is not feeling well and needs your help.

He is the leading creator of featheredbuddies.com, a website dedicated to helping bird owners. For many years, Isra P has cared for budgies and other birds to ensure their happiness and well-being. His passion and enthusiasm for them have led him to a quest to find out why birds act the way they do and how to enrich their lives.