My God, It’s Full of Birdseed

One of the most enigmatic endings in film occurs in 2001: A Space Odyssey, in which Keir Dullea sees himself age and die, becoming at last the “starchild” that returns to Earth. An early draft of the script included an additional transformation into a “starbudgie” that nibbles on Australia, mistaking it for a giant cuttlefish.

Alicia E. writes: “Hi! I love this website, thanks for all the adorableness. Here is a picture of my budgie Tukey meeting my baby Sebastian when we first brought him home from the hospital.”



  1. Hehe. This awakened in me a terrible memory of my mom and dad chasing me around the house when I was 6 or 7, trying to put a budgie and a cockatiel (respectively) on my head. I am not sure why this happened, but it was pretty traumatizing.

  2. 2001: A space Odyssey blew my mind when I first saw it at the theater and this budge seems to have had the same effect on Sebastian. 😆

  3. This is the beginning of BFF…….! 🙂

  4. It must be BFF Day on CO.

  5. Things inside of me just esploded. Heart and stuff. Ded.

  6. Onsie, Check,
    Adorable baby, Check
    Adorable “BLUE” paraket to match onsie, check

    Boom the stars just aligned! and 2012 starts early

  7. Matchingks!

    *awwwwwing all over CO*

  8. I love how Tukey is giving Sebastian the ol’ budgie one-eye “what the heck is that thing?” look. SOOOO budgie-licious!

  9. 260Oakley says:

    Stanley Kubird considers a re-make: 2001: A Face Oddity

  10. The look on that child’s face is priceless! “What exactly *is* that thing?!”

  11. Ahhhh, 260 O!……you never disappoint…..!! 😆

  12. And I bet he grows up being a real animal lover, if he has such loving parents!

  13. ~Let’s give ’em something to squawk about….~
    -Budgie Riot


  14. Aww, sweet. I had a little blue budgie when I was little. His name was Pretty Boy. Yah, I know, original.

  15. Wow, you just brought back memories…. my mom had a blue budgie when I was little. His name was Blue Boy. 🙂

  16. And every time there’s a bird post here, it makes me want a bird! But I know it just wouldn’t be fair to the bird to be in a house with 10 cats. Some day… after some more attrition maybe…

  17. Every time I see an animal yawn so big you think their jaws will unhook I hear the line
    “My God, it’s full of stars” in my head. It always makes me giggle.

  18. cellarmouse says:

    budgie-licious – nice…

  19. cellarmouse says:

    that’s how we all wish we could go…”died of massive over-qte” goes the obit…it’s not quite painless but it hurts so good…

  20. Ohmigosh! Precious! 😀

    Would give anything to know what they are both thinking. Animal psychics come forward please!

  21. is that babeh trying to whistle at the birdy?!

  22. I imagine they are each saying to the other, “So, you’re the one making all of the noise, huh?”

  23. victoreia says:

    *golf clap*

  24. Have you ever considered putting all of your gems into one lovely pocket book? I’d buy a meelion of them. 😀

  25. The starbudgie nibbling on Australia sounds more like a Terry Pratchett than a Stanley Kubrick. I have an image ot the turtle slowly turning his head to say, “Hey, you leave that alone! That’s Rooland, that is!”

  26. And Sebastian is giving it right back to Tukey!

  27. The Original Jane says:

    Our blue boy budgie was Skeeter (my sister came up with that). Then we had a green/yellow boy named Kiwi. (Not at the same time.) They were both great birds but Kiwi was awesome since he was hand raised.

    This one has beautiful coloring.

  28. The Original Jane says:

    cute 🙂

  29. does it give you closure knowing that it made someone laugh? 🙂

  30. Flutterby says:

    Beautiful Baby Boy, Beautiful Blue Budgie!

  31. victoreia says:

    😆 😆 😆

  32. Sorry, no plans to publish. You’ll just have to join the rest of us patiently waiting for NTMTOM’s exposé, “Meg-alomaniacs: the furry underbelly of Cute Overload.”

  33. “I don’t know, Doctor, but I think it all started when my parents chased me around the house with two small parrots . . .”

  34. Oh lawd that was a coffee out-the-nose laughing moment.

  35. Budgie: Why are you looking at me like that, Stormaggedon?

    Baby: You’re screechy and loud…are you a sonic Screwdriver?

  36. ew, you got some awww on me – contain yourself, will ya? geez…

  37. Hi Ceejoe,
    I had a neighbor with 4 birds and one cat, One of the birds and the cat would not go to bed unless they were both in the same room!! So there may be hope for you!! I actually watched them and they really liked each other!

  38. Awww! Major cutelisciousness! I love how the bird is sitting on the baby’s wrist, too. That look on his face can’t be described with words, but he is definitely and totally adorable! And the bird is intrigued, too, wondering WTH mommy bird brought home. I love it!

  39. Oh and the baby is pretty cute, too, I guess. 😛

  40. Nyan Cat!!

  41. Fird Birfle says:

    *attempts mentally to set up joke asking whether Alicia brought back Sebastian, or
    brought back TUKEY, from the hospital!!!!*

    *also considers clutching pearl choker, with white-gloved hands,
    and screaming
    “A HUMAN BABY ???!!!– ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwWWWWWWWWWWWWWWwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!!”
    at the top of my lungs*

  42. I probably shouldn’t, but I love your mom and dad! LOL

  43. i am a fan, it’s true.

  44. This one makes me think more of Close Encounters of the Third Kind…

  45. Thank you, Tori – I will keep the hope then! Although, it will likely be a long time until I’m down to four cats – my oldest is only 13, with a group of three more being somewhere around 10 or 11. And of course I hope for long lives for all of them!

  46. Lol, I just realized you said FOUR birds and ONE cat! Looooong time till I get to ONE cat!

  47. Aww… I see Sebastian is going to be a statistician! Woot!
    So cute.

  48. Pasickie! 😛

  49. loribelle says:

    You mean Close Encounters of the Bird Kind?

  50. I really like that they’ve dressed the baby in clothes that complement the birdie. Little boy looks a little traumatized by this thing in his vision field.

  51. I’m waiting for the punch line…

  52. heh heh heh, clevaire, ma’moiselle

  53. OMG, 260Oakley, is there no stopping you?!? All is grist for your mill! And tastey grist, too. 😉

  54. This is so cute that my heart threw up rainbows =)

  55. how cute….. 😉