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Showing Budgerigars

Budgerigars are shown throughout the world. In the US, two organizations hold shows, the American Budgerigar Society (ABS), and the Budgerigar Association of America (BAA). 

 At a Budgerigar Show, birds are Judged based on the Standard of Perfection. The Standard is the description of the “ideal” budgerigar. See the attached "Budgie Ideal" for an idea of what the Judges look for--although this is an outdated document! The judge must compare the live bird to the Standard. The bird that the judge deems closest to the standard is placed above the others.  Because the judge must take into account a combination of factors when comparing a bird to the Standard, no two judges are likely to judge a show exactly the same.  Part of the difficulty in judging birds is that there is no bird living that meets the Standard.   All birds have some flaw, however minor.  Moreover, the Standard was written some time ago and budgies have evolved since the creation of the Standard. Today’s budgies tend to be bigger and buffier than back in the day. For a description of the ideal Budgie go to: http://www.tri-statebudgie.org/ideal_budgie.html

To accommodate the varying skill levels of the exhibitors, they are divided into three divisions: Junior, Novice, Intermediate and Champion.  The judge evaluates each bird by class.  Classes are grouped into sections. The top 3 of each class are compared to each other by the judge to select best birds in section (1st, 2nd, 3rd, best hen and best young). The best birds in each section are compared to each other and the judge selects the ten best in division, plus the 1st, 2nd and 3rd hens and the best young bird. There is also a Rare division, where all rare birds are judged together, regardless of the exhibitor’s division. Before the judge has completed each of the divisions, any birds placing in the Rare division will be compared against its respective division.  For example, if the 4th best rare was a Novice entry it would be compared against the Novice Division.    

After judging the divisions, the judge will compare the top Junior, Novice and Intermediate birds against the top 10 Champion birds. The same is done for the best hens and young birds.  From this comparison of birds, the judge will select the 10 best in show, the 3 best hens and best young.  Only one bird will be named “Best in Show”. It is a great honor to win Best in Show, be sure to offer congratulations to the winner.



Sally O'Dwyer,
Mar 8, 2010, 6:39 AM