The C.O. Guide to Financial Planning

Step One: Always maintain a balanced budgie.

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  1. a very skillful budgie

  2. that just put a thousand smiles on my face. super cutie pie.

  3. Lovely !!!

  4. Really cute: wish I had known budgies could do this when I had them in my childhood – feel guilty they didn’t get a chance to play with toys like this.

    Wonder though if it doesn’t think this is another budgie and is trying to either dominate, mate or chat up the ball (similar colour?)

    The filming is also top class – focus and acuity of close-ups.

  5. I do believe it’s trying to mate with that other puffy yellow thing 🙂

    Very smart budgie. Well, except for the mating thing…

  6. Matchingks!

  7. Entropy's bitch says:

    Put this in front of the kitten who was afraid of the tennis ball. HAH! *spithissspit* *hophophop*

  8. O.K. I’m thinking we have the beginnings of a budgie circus.
    I’ll make the clown costumes ! What else do we need ?

  9. What a smart and determined budgie! Does it live with Maru–the floors are so clean!

  10. Cute little bird. He seems to actually be doing this just for the fun of it. (And, by the way: lovely floor!)

  11. Empressgoth says:

    Birds are always cute!

  12. That is some crazy good footwork, little budgie!

  13. This video makes me ridiculously happy. 🙂

  14. i thought he was just doing something impulsive…until he went to the trouble of digging the ball out from under the furniture thinger over on the side there so he could keep playing.

    he’s a sports-budgie!

  15. Such a cutie and so talented too. Makes me miss my budgies though none of them could turn tricks like that.

  16. Bend it like budgie.

  17. Jimbeaux says:

    Maybe a budgie ringmaster and a budgie trapeeze artist?

    I have to agree that the sheer fun of this li’l guy made my morning.

  18. prinbsn says:

    I too vote for mating behavior; he’s acting just like Mr. Bird, who belonged to a friend of ours. He (Mr. Bird, not the friend) would do similar noises, puffiness, and movements while sitting on your hand and focusing on your thumb, culminating in…um…well, you can guess, at which point he would immediately cease to be interested at all and fly off like nothing had happened, not even pausing for a cigarette. Simultaneously cute and bizarre.

  19. Budgie owner says:

    Anyone who has owned a boy budgie knows that he’s trying to bang that tennis ball.

    Mine used to make sweet beautiful love to his mirror.

  20. JerilynS says:

    TA DA… It’s the Brilliant Birling Budgie!

  21. As a budgie fanatic, I had to post (first CO post, though I’m a compulsive CO checker 🙂 ). What a cute little budgie!!! Its funny that male budgies like to, ahem, “love” everything…especially if the everything is a matching color (mine usually just goes for his reflection, but occasionally toys like this also catch his attentions).

    More bird posts please!

  22. emtacular says:

    can anyone figure out the dreamworks movie playing in the background?

  23. The Messi of birds 😛

  24. I definitely sang the circus song while watching this. We need a concertina!

  25. Fird Birfle says:

    — not sure, whether EVERYBODY ON THA planet already uses this, but ….

    — a friend of mine once used the following statement about an attractive boyfriend, and I think it applies here, also:

    “He’s not only functional; he LOOKS GOOD, too !!!!” 🙂

  26. Fird Birfle says:

    I ditto your thought about the floors & Maru; that was on my mind while watching the vid, also 🙂

  27. Fird Birfle says:

    heh heh “not pausing for a cigarette” 🙂

  28. Mary (the first) says:

    I like how he starts scolding it, then pecking at it a little bit, to try to get it to stand still. And then retrieves it from under the shelf: “Come outta there, you chicken!” Very sweet. Now I want a budgie. (Love the chirping sounds!)
    p.s. I, also, admire the spotless floors.

  29. tracylee says:

    “if you can’t be a bird athlete, be a bird athletic supporter!”

  30. Are we sure the budgie is smart or is it spitting and pecking the tennis ball thinking, “WTF is wrong with this perch that won’t stand still?”

    ~a talking dog (for the guy that always says things like “Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, to see the seeing of a life time!”.
    ~a tortoise that can do the trapeze.The reason for a tortoise:It would be VERY odd sounding, therefor it would attract lots o’ people.
    ~ a cat that wears water wings, sunglasses and a bikini while swimming.
    ~a cheese sandwich.
    ~a mouse orchestra that can squeak some sort of really faMOUSE song.
    ~Three ears of corn and engagement ring and a napkin holder.
    ~Please give any suggestions!

  32. I love this video!!SOOOOOOOOOOOO Cute Overload-y!I lovve C.O.!

  33. The other Johanna says:

    Yup, definitely trying to mate with it. Still cute tho.

  34. Are you saying it’s like Scirocco? :mrgreen:

  35. starling says:


  36. Typical male behavior, “nail” anything that moves.

    With appologies to all my male friends, who are NOT like that of course 🙄

  37. Or the biggest egg ever!

    Nice floor too.

  38. Catsquatch says:

    The simplest things amuse the simplest minds.

    Im so totally amused 😉

  39. Martha in Washington says:

    Of course! 😉 *nudge nudge wink wink*

  40. Martha in Washington says:

    Budgie-I’m afraid there’s no real chance of a lasting relationship here. She’s just not stable enough for that.

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  44. Guinea Peeg Lover says:

    Oh, thanks alot, cute overload. Now the haunting thought has returned to me that I want a budgie and I WANT ONE NOW. *pout*

  45. Danielle says:

    Ya I’ve had 3 male budgies and it looks like that budgie is in LOVE with the tennis ball.. trying to mate with it…

  46. Carolyn says:

    Maybe birdie’s trying to “nest” that egg before it hatches?

  47. Lorel J says:

    At certain points I couldn’t tell – which is ball and which is budgie?

    (BTW, glad it ended on an up note.)

  48. Lindsay says:

    It’s Monsters vs. Aliens. 🙂

  49. Uh huh, sure it was just balancing for “fun”. Totally wasn’t trying to get its freak on at all with the fuzzy yellow tennis ball. Nope… no sir!

  50. Fird Birfle says:

    I can provide the cheese sandwich!!!!

  51. Seriously. Did this play on TV? “You are being shagged by a rare parrot!!!”

  52. victoreia says:

    Um, you could really mis-interpret that remark about “turning tricks”……..

    Okay, I’ll go stand in the corner now. (hangs head)

  53. 260Oakley says:

    Bjorn Bjird. Score: love all

  54. Guinea Peeg Lover says:

    Yup. DEFINITELY Monsters vs. Aliens.

  55. Glad I’m not the only one who recognized that.

  56. Yes, in the UK, where we know they have terrible loose morals. :mrgreen:

  57. budgie, hooray!

  58. That’s a bit disturbing….

  59. hmmm…. budgie porn.

  60. AB. SO. LUTE. LY. CLASSIC. 😆

  61. So, size does matter in mating?

  62. Say. No. More.

  63. Just anything hot that moves. You know, like a tennis ball. Rawr.

  64. Kluliss says:

    So *that’s* the colour description for a budgie; Tennis Ball Green…

  65. Kluliss says:

    Oi, our morals are perfectly uptight…it’s our sense of humour that plays fast and loose!

  66. You know, when I was little, I had a little blue budgie named Pretty Boy (yeah, I know 😛 ), who used to sit on my head. Maybe it’s a good thing I couldn’t see whatever it was he was doing up there. 😯

  67. 4leafclover says:

    Best comment ever!!

  68. 260Oakley says:

    Oh come on, Theresa! He wasn’t a creep; he just loved you for your mind.

  69. That budgie is SO skillfull!
    *And it’s cute, too.

    *Budgie’s Rock!* ;D

  70. I budgie he’s a professional

  71. I love that the budgie is the same color as the tennis ball…very sweet!

  72. Whoa, lookit that little guy use his li’l boidy footses to get the ball out from under the piece of furniture! That’s one talented boidy!

  73. Samantha M. says:

    I used to own a female yellow budgie that liked to err . . .. “scratch her itch” . .as it were on the perch in her cage. Which would have been OK except it became like her favourite hobby and it was so embarrassing when we had visitors over and they’d ask what she was doing. Sooooo was that too much information?

  74. Definitely the most impressive thing to me was that he was able to get it out from under the furniture. My dog is still trying to master that one….

  75. It helps if you’re low to the ground.

  76. Budgies are pretty hilarious. There’s a veritable treasury of budgie LOLz on YouTube.
    Check out this little fella, reading his pal The Riot Act:

  77. This is so cute. I have a parakeet so I know what it’s doing is not as innocent as it looks. Here is mine, Birdy.

  78. Speaking of non-human porn, my friend was giving out some…ahh, interesting facts about the you-know-what habit of various animals. During LUNCH.

  79. I fell to pieces laughing during this.

  80. ashagato says:


  81. Rebecca says:

    that bird is “having a ball”

  82. Fird Birfle says:

    Thank you, Z.R. for providing an earworm to one of my personal heroes.

    I’m not familiar with this particular video tribute, but it’s on THAT SONG,
    so here goes:

  83. Excellent!

  84. AKA: C.O. Guide to Family Planning

  85. What a cutie……Want………

  86. Fird Birfle says:

    She is/ was, isn’t/ wasn’t she??? 🙂

  87. Fird Birfle says:

    Theresa, in case there’s any doubt, Stephen Fry is at the top of my list of Husbands. Yes, yes, I am aware that he’s “not in the business of making babies”. All that this marriage requires is that I get to spend time in his self-deprecating, quietly ironic personality in order to give me hope that not all humans are stoopid and overbearing.

  88. Firdie, the genius of the Invisible Stable of Interdimensional Husbands™– or just one of the many genius aspects– is that the gender preference(s) of the Interdimensional Husbands™ are completely immaterial. :mrgreen:

    Did I tell you that I met one of mine last month? In this dimension?

  89. OMG! Never thought I’d seen this again!!!
    it’s been, what, 15 years since Linus the Budgie died! He was also in love with a tennis ball, chatting with it and trying to mate!!! And he defended it fiercely! if your hand was to closed to it, he attacked.

  90. Fird Birfle says:

    No, ma’am, you di-unt!!!!

    Here’s a mint julep. DO TELL!!!!!
    (Was your father anywhere nearby???)

  91. Sweetie, no, Dad was nowhere around. I was at the opera, and trying to get out before the huge crowd (long story), and I turned around to go down a flight of stairs, and walked right into him. It was amazing. My brain instantly switched off. I was a babbling idiot. He was completely, totally, inexpressibly awesome, and I love him more. He was the top of the IH heap, and now he is several steps above that. 😀

  92. Fird Birfle says:

    To quote Marnie:


  93. Yes, I made that noise. 😀

  94. How about a budgie lion tamer but all the lions are kittens? Cricket the uber-cute kitten would make a great “tiger.”

  95. I know what he’s truly doing with that ball, CuteOverload. You can’t fool me!!!

    But yes, it’s still cute ❤

  96. wizardofpaws says:

    Did anybody else catch him saying “good boy”? My little Oliver used to talk in full sentences; boy do I miss that little guy!

  97. Me, Echo! says:

    OK i’m cheking all the ideas i got help with because i haven’t checked on this comment in a few days everyone, by the way, thanks FirdBirfle for the cheese sandwich offer, just i need to know, wut typ of cheese is it?? 😉

  98. Me, Echo! says:

    That is a good idea…I love eet.Lets just hope that the bugie doesn’t break the kitten cricket, I love that ubber-cute kitten 🙂