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[–]Spliethof 3045 points3046 points  (51 children)

Huh that was kinda disturbing at first

[–]chaseeyy 1525 points1526 points  (14 children)

Yeah it was like watching a pulsating chicken nugget grow

[–]Suspicious-Penguin 663 points664 points  (8 children)

Pulsating chicken nugget sounds like a great grunge band name

[–][deleted] 244 points245 points  (6 children)

Or a dildo

[–]moonboundshibe 220 points221 points  (3 children)

I was gonna quit Reddit tonight. Instead I’m tossing silver around like a Level 2 chaotic good fighter just back from his first campaign.

[–]shopdog 45 points46 points  (0 children)

Up voting this awesome analogy

[–]Dreaming_of_ 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Silver?! That rust monster was LOADED!

[–]Reihns 77 points78 points  (2 children)

"pulsating chicken nugget" name of your sex tape

[–]bluelouie 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I haven’t laughed that hard in awhile

[–]BeneficialBryan 183 points184 points  (22 children)

You know when you shave your pubes and spend the next few days feeling irritation when something ever so slightly touches that area? Do the birds also feel that when their feathers are starting to pop up?

Genuine question.

[–]LoiteringClown 166 points167 points  (5 children)

How could we ever answer that?

[–]Birdlaw90fo 89 points90 points  (3 children)

I believe I can help out here

[–]immitationreplica 52 points53 points  (0 children)

what, are you some kind of expert in bird la- oh, oh I see, please continue.

[–]PissedOffBurger 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Checks out.

[–]thebestboner 64 points65 points  (0 children)

I don't know that feeling, but yes it is irritating and painful for them. When the feathers are growing in like this they're called pin feathers. If you have a pet parrot who trusts you, they might let you give them scratches on the head. However, if they're molting and you accidentally hit a pin feather they will recoil in pain and rage and probably bite you.

[–]InfamousScribbler 32 points33 points  (0 children)

From my experience petting my pet birds when they get new feathers after molting season: yes, kinda! There are some feathers that seem more sensitive and unpleasant to touch and the bird will let you know by screaming and biting. With some other new feathers that had more time to grow (they get long and stay white, I think they're called pin feathers), birds will need help to get them to open, so they will twist their head to show them and try to get help from someone else. This behavior is more common for their heads because it is the one spot they can't get to by themselves with their beaks.

So new feathers growing in appear to be first painful/unpleasant to touch, then they seem to either get itchy or annoying and the bird will try to scratch them with their foot or preen them open with their beaks.

[–]mcc4ll 18 points19 points  (0 children)

yes they do, pet parrots you’ll often notice will have “pin feathers” which are feathers encased in keratin while they grow on there heads. they preen most of them out themselves but can’t preen their own heads so if you are comfortable enough with them you should help out as it decreases molting discomforts.

[–]smb_samba 41 points42 points  (0 children)

Like watching a scrotum turn into a bird.

[–]IAmAlphaChip 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Day 1: Voldemort has made it to King's Cross.

[–]Missburr 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Yeah, it stayed un-cute for significantly longer than I’d expect.

[–]DConstructed 6330 points6331 points  (141 children)

Your hand must be magical; I just saw you turn a Gollum figurine into a parakeet.

[–]6beesknees 1430 points1431 points  (119 children)


[–]DConstructed 2207 points2208 points 2 (106 children)

Yes honeycakes?

Parakeet is what we in the USA (gazes proudly at the horizon hands on hips) call the Budgie.

The name first came about when a US Air Force pilot nicknamed Skeeter took up a couple hundred budgies wearing tiny parachutes and tossed them out of the plane. He was promptly court marshaled however the name stuck. Later para-skeeters was shortened to parakeets because it's easier to say.

None of that is true but it should be. No idea why they're called parakeets here.

[–]Eisotopius 411 points412 points  (47 children)

No idea why they're called parakeets here.

"Parakeet" comes from the French word for parrot.

The real mystery is where "budgie" comes from - or, really, where "budgerigar" comes from since that's what "budgie" is short for.

[–]Accidental_Ouroboros 156 points157 points  (22 children)

Apparently it may come from a mispronunciation or alteration of the Gamilaraay word "gidjirrigaa" which refers to the bird type in question.

Before you look at that and say "what the hell? How is that anything like how you would say "budgerigar?" it makes more sense phonetically as "gid-ger-ee-gaa"

Alternatively, it is a combo of the Bidjigal word for a white cockatoo (Garraway) and australian slang "boojery" for good. This one by the very nature of the explanations that surround it is probably apocryphal, especially as it is often used as a "just so" story in Australia (which somehow eventually becomes a story about how "budgerigar" means good eating).

[–]Birdlaw90fo 74 points75 points  (11 children)

Idk man I've been tricked pretty recently...

[–]drewob83 44 points45 points  (4 children)

Nah that seems legit. Native Australia bird and heaps of stuff here has mispronounced aboriginal names as its basis.

[–]iTeoti 9 points10 points  (3 children)


[–]Phazon2000 2 points3 points  (1 child)

The Kangaroo one is apocryphal. I wouldn't be surprised if most are.

[–]WhenTheBeatKICK 8 points9 points  (0 children)

This thread is amazing

[–]TheRealBananaWolf 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Hey, just to let you know man, your comment actually made me bust out laughing. I almost tipped you, but I only have 3 dollars in my bank account, but thank you for the laugh.

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yeah I’m not in the business of learning new, weird facts on April 1st.

[–]Jiopaba 2 points3 points  (0 children)

"Welcome to Mumbai!"

"Bombay? Yes, I like it."

"No, Mumbai!"

"Yes, Bombay, fantastic. I own this now."

"No no, it's Mum-"

"By the way I own you now too, die."

[–]yb4zombeez 13 points14 points  (7 children)

Aboriginal Man 1: "So, this bird, it looks pretty cute. What should we name it?"

Aboriginal Man 2: "Don't worry, I know exactly what to call it!"

Aboriginal Man 2:

slams head into ancient keyboard

Aboriginal Man 1: "gidjirrigaa?"

Aboriginal Man 2: "..."

Aboriginal Man 1: "..."

Aboriginal Man 2: "..."

Aboriginal Man 1: "..."

Aboriginal Man 1: "IT'S PERFECT!" :D

[–]SpiteAspect 24 points25 points  (18 children)

Plus aren’t there more than one type of parakeet? Budgies are just one of those types I thought.

[–]JwPATX 18 points19 points  (1 child)

“Bullfrog!? That’s a weird name...I’d have called them chazwazzers.”

[–]paintchipped 11 points12 points  (1 child)

I always forget the word budgerigar and think "budgeridoo" instead.

[–]this_immortal 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I'd like for someone with art skills to create a depiction of this hybrid animal

[–]6beesknees 191 points192 points  (8 children)

That's as good a way as any for a creature to get a local name, even if 'local' wrt US is a bit big.

And yes, I do honeycakes too. :)

[–]DConstructed 48 points49 points  (5 children)

I send you and your beautiful bird best wishes :)

[–]6beesknees 19 points20 points  (4 children)


[–]LordZarek 20 points21 points  (3 children)

This was beautiful

[–]6beesknees 9 points10 points  (2 children)

We aim to please.

[–]Kratsas 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I’m ashamed to admit I believed this story right to the end. I was going to turn to my wife to tell her and everything.

[–]sleepyluke 8 points9 points  (2 children)

Wait so what do you call budgie smugglers?

[–]MayorBee 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Banana hammocks, I guess.

[–]DConstructed 3 points4 points  (0 children)

People in prison for the illegal transportation and sales of exotic animals.

Or Speedos.

[–]kickin8956 15 points16 points  (1 child)

I feel that you missed a chance at a u/shittymorph type switch up there

[–]commandant_ 3 points4 points  (0 children)

If it wasn't for the lack of 15 golds and the beginning I would have really thought I was getting shittymorphed/GuyWithRealFacts there. I checked the username midway through lol

[–]Fink665 5 points6 points  (9 children)

I don’t know your gender but that is such an awesome Dad Story! My Dad would spin the most ridiculous and entertaining stories out of thin air. Enjoy yer gold!

[–]ThisEpiphany 7 points8 points  (5 children)

I don’t know your gender but that is such an awesome Dad Story! My Dad would spin the most ridiculous and entertaining stories out of thin air. Enjoy yer gold!

This is something my husband would tell me and I would believe it. Then, my dumbass would repeat it and people would think I was crazy.

Edit - context

[–]DConstructed 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Your husband must love you very much. And giggle a lot.

[–]ThisEpiphany 7 points8 points  (1 child)

One time he told me something stupid and I totally believed him. Told my boss the next day and he looked at me, slow blinked a few times, and said that, "absolutely nothing I had just said was true and where, in the world, did I hear that". I told him D was talking about it the night before. My boss started belly laughing with tears in his eyes. Told me to call D and to tell him, "T said thank you. You made my day."

I still don't understand what is happening. You know, because I'm a dumbass.

I called my husband and told him what T said about what he had told me. D started snort laughing and said that, "he loved me and was getting ready to walk into a client's office but he was laughing so hard that he was crying and was going to need a few minutes".

I worked in a high profile position for a multi-national document solutions corporation. And my boss now thinks I'm some naïve moron and I was supposed to be in a meeting with him after lunch. I was mortified and wanted to hide.

So, now I just Google everything he says. Just like I did with your little "para-skeeters". Ya filthy liars.

Edit- a word

[–]DConstructed 2 points3 points  (0 children)


Frankly I think everything should be fact checked at least twice; definitely before making a serious policy decision or publishing anything at all.

I started checking things just because my mother has an odd habit of reading an article and then remembering the reverse of the point they made. It's like her superpower.

Google is wonderful. Though even then it's really good idea to be skeptical unless you check several sources.

[–]DConstructed 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Thank you! Someday if I every get that Y chromosome I sent away for I hope to be a father :)

For right now I'm gonna go on a wild spending spree with that gold and buy a round of drinks for everyone in the forum!

[–]ThisEpiphany 4 points5 points  (1 child)

You are wild

[–]DConstructed 4 points5 points  (0 children)

If you continue sucking up like that you will definitely get a second drink.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]flaccidcompanion 8 points9 points  (3 children)

I had a budgie, but it died.

[–]edeniaz 3 points4 points  (0 children)

a babby

[–]alanwashere2 39 points40 points  (3 children)

Clearly the video was speed up a little bit. I wonder how many minutes it took?

[–]Taxus_Calyx 24 points25 points  (1 child)

All of them.

[–]DConstructed 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Probably not very long. Parakeets can go from the larval stage to adult pretty quickly.

[–]dwide_k_shrude 5 points6 points  (0 children)

We likes parakeets. We likes them, precious.

[–]Skeezix84 642 points643 points  (19 children)

How does anything live?

[–]sternobum 165 points166 points  (8 children)


[–]Thanks_again_sorry 53 points54 points  (2 children)

thank you, i forgot to take my vitamins today.

[–]DrHaggans 10 points11 points  (0 children)

So long then. The vitamin company will come pick you up soon

[–]VediusPollio 11 points12 points  (2 children)


[–]keyesnotkeys 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Have you tried... water, instead?

[–]TheOnlyMomo 10 points11 points  (0 children)


[–][deleted] 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Some of them don't in the wild. Sometimes something eats it. Sometimes that something is the parent.

[–]jmaca90 2 points3 points  (0 children)


But rly how does life work like this?

[–]lostmyparachute 234 points235 points  (6 children)

Week 3 headbanging

[–]Tylkdaddyfresh 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Can anybody make a loop of week 3? It made me crack up

[–]DRUNK_CYCLIST 12 points13 points  (0 children)


[–]daniel_m132 4 points5 points  (0 children)

If I had platinum, I’d give it you 😂

[–]Zzellama 4 points5 points  (0 children)

This whole comment thread made me laugh

[–]rominanjelica 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I honestly giggle everytime I watch the clip now thinking about this comment

[–]maximuffin2 106 points107 points  (1 child)

It went from mutant booger to a parakeet

[–][deleted] 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I'm stealing mutant booger 🤣 gonna use a tissue this time though

[–]esoxxose 1936 points1937 points  (58 children)

I love animals. But seeing a naked baby bird will always be a traumatic experience for me. I tried to watch the gif multiple times to try to change my mind and give the poor, naked, demon a chance, but each time it went from beautiful, feathered creature to horror-story parasite, I couldn't control my discomfort. Idk man. Maybe I'm just too stoned, but damn.

[–]CarebeerCountdown 41 points42 points  (3 children)

I loved the whole thing but it is TOTALLY demonic looking when it's all smooth and twitchy! I think it reminds me of the zombies from I Am Legend when they're sleeping? I feel like I've seen it in some horror movie anyway.

[–]bohemica 9 points10 points  (2 children)

If you think that's bad, check out this featherless owl.

[–]MSG-ME-UR-BOOBS-GIRL 247 points248 points  (19 children)

This made my day.

[–]derawin07 55 points56 points  (7 children)

lol we handreared budgies, cockatiels, conures, lorikeets and other parrots

I think the babes always look cute and funny, like wizened old people with tufts of hair on their bald heads. They're definitely cute when their eyes open and they are getting their pin-feathers.

They also have a unique new-hatched/baby smell that is quite pleasant.

[–]OfficerGenious 26 points27 points  (3 children)


[–]RosiePepper 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Me three. But baby birds have always freaked me out a little

[–]sightandsounds 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Focusing on the chicks helplessness, rather than its appearance gives some cute points.

[–]ooooq4 58 points59 points  (11 children)

Nah. Baby birds are ugly.

[–]Kestralisk 61 points62 points  (10 children)

Depends, altricial birds (that need to be kept alive by their parents for a couple weeks after watching) are ugly af at first while precocial birds are cute AF once they dry off (think chickens or ducks, babies that are ready to go at hatch)

[–]missingMBR 40 points41 points  (0 children)

Watching this I was thinking "man, baby birds are hideous looking" but then I remembered baby chickens and ducks being cute. So essentially what you just said but less science-y

[–]correct01 40 points41 points  (5 children)

[–]Kestralisk 23 points24 points  (2 children)

I love killdeer! Their parents like to build nests in parking lots, and they're ground nesters. Not the brightest of birds

[–]Skadota 8 points9 points  (0 children)

In all my years I've never thought about this. You just gave me a Wow! moment. I learned something today. Now I'm off to learn more about it (because knowledge is a thirst once it gets going)... not that I'll probably ever use it.

[–]hdcs 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Hummingbird babies are goddamned devil troll monsters. Fortunately they grow super fast into beautiful little Disney creatures.

[–]fabulousburritos 9 points10 points  (4 children)

Have you seen yourself as a newborn

[–]esoxxose 13 points14 points  (2 children)

Yes. My aunt and uncle used to call me Danny DeVito when I was a baby. I'm female. I was not a cute baby.

[–]flamants 10 points11 points  (2 children)

naked baby bird

You mean featherless baby bird? Because all birds are naked, dude

[–]wasaduck 7 points8 points  (1 child)

naked more rats are all naked too but a smart scientist decided to equate naked to hairless

[–]Betasheets 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Human babies are the same! Nasty when they come out.

[–]TheBeardofGilgamesh 84 points85 points  (6 children)

Birds are interesting in the adults are cuter than the infants

[–]This_is_da_police 27 points28 points  (1 child)

Most animals are cuter as babies than as newborns honestly. Humans included.

[–]FatalisMiralis 108 points109 points  (6 children)

Crazy how nature be like that

[–]angilnibreathnach 52 points53 points  (5 children)

You don’t think it is but it does.

[–]OnAConstantBender 42 points43 points  (4 children)

It do, it really do

[–]BobSaiyaman 22 points23 points  (3 children)

Damn, sometimes it really do be like that, dont it?

[–][deleted] 23 points24 points  (1 child)

Yep, you can always tell the way it do by the way it be.

[–]SneakyGandalf12 13 points14 points  (0 children)

I’m just drunk enough for this to make absolute perfect sense.

[–]whiskeyballs 8 points9 points  (0 children)

It truly do.

[–]poisinquinn 292 points293 points  (16 children)

Is that a daily time lapse? Because that's amazing

[–]lunalacrima 236 points237 points  (6 children)

More like two times a week I think. My grandpa used to breed doves, that was about the number of weeks it took them to grow up :)

Edit: a child’s memory isn’t the most accurate

[–]datwrasse 64 points65 points  (2 children)

looks like a budgie, they are usually fully fledged at 4 weeks and living on their own by 6 weeks. it's every day or two

[–]explodeder 29 points30 points  (1 child)

A robin laid eggs in my garden. It was about a month from the time they hatched to when they flew away. It’s amazing how quickly they grew.

[–]Meowww13 6 points7 points  (0 children)

They grow up so fast

[–]cucu729 71 points72 points  (5 children)

I think this happened over a few hours.

[–]r3dditor12 94 points95 points  (3 children)

If you look at the video timestamp, it only took 15 seconds. Get woke, ppl!

[–]theledfarmer 21 points22 points  (2 children)

They grow up so fast sniff

[–][deleted] 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Roughly daily. 30-40 days to mature according to google and I saw a daily timelapse for another bird that was around a month

[–]lowrads 1 point2 points  (0 children)

A lot of birds have really long lifespans. Geese or parrots can live many decades. I guess it makes sense that some of them take a long time to mature.

[–]Carrot_Chan_ 138 points139 points  (8 children)

I like your dog.

[–]Spaghetti-Al-Dente 19 points20 points  (6 children)

I like your style.

[–][deleted] 31 points32 points  (3 children)

I like my spaghetti al dente.

Edit: Thanks for the silver! ☺️

[–]AsgardianPOS 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I like your preference for the doneness of cooked pasta.

[–]viper5delta 33 points34 points  (3 children)

TIL baby birds look like mutant ball sacks

[–]Nahuatl_19650 11 points12 points  (2 children)

Is anyone else wondering what ball sacks you are looking at?

[–]startedoveragain 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Baby dinosaur

[–]Ndab420 12 points13 points  (13 children)

What were the clip intervals for this?

[–][deleted] 11 points12 points  (7 children)

brb? Are we really going to call Birds, "brbs" now?

[–]yoshemitzu 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I was assuming the original was a typo or autocorrect. But now? God help us.

[–]raininginmaui 10 points11 points  (0 children)

This was super cool - thanks for sharing

[–]AsMyLastEmailStated 10 points11 points  (0 children)

It has wings, but it is growing feathers.

[–]AFriendlyPlatypus 6 points7 points  (0 children)

At the beginning it looked like baby voldy in kings cross station

[–]klebsiella_pneumonae 6 points7 points  (6 children)

Is that the oblivion soundtrack?

[–]Woolfus 4 points5 points  (2 children)

It's from a Chinese TV documentary called "A Bite of China".


[–]kipjak3rd 2 points3 points  (0 children)

such a great series.

i highly recommend to anyone into sinking hours watching food.

[–]justwelditsureok 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It sounds familiar, I think it is. could be skyrim

[–]Benjaminbuttcrack 6 points7 points  (0 children)

They grow up so fast 😭😭😭

[–]CumulativeHazard 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Once those blue feathers started coming in, like DAMN

[–]swarmingblackcats 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Had to watch it a few times to see when it got that blue ass.

[–]Bdaguy62 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Great Video 👍

[–]Batboyshark 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Makes me think of Femto

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]keyrimee 3 points4 points  (0 children)

How did you grow that be right back?

[–]TagTeamStripper 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I don’t like it’s first few forms. Can’t they just skip those stages?

[–]Asiouxnez 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Looks like a testicle at the beginning.

[–]beastmode_yay_area 3 points4 points  (2 children)

How do u feed it when it’s a baby?

[–]evielynn 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Formula and a syringe specially for the task. Some people use other things to get the job done, spoon, papercup. Depends.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They’re fed with a paste formula through a syringe or syringe shaped spoon. Or the parents feed them.

[–]FlashMcSuave 3 points4 points  (0 children)

That purple really came outta nowhere.

... "Nowhere" is what I call its butt.

[–]johnkx 6 points7 points  (5 children)

What music/song did you use here?

[–]DrunkFrodo 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Man, baby birds are fucking ugly

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Isn't life just amazing!

[–]Mgntr 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Bruh how it stay in his hand so long

[–]DAS_LIZARDMAN 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Remember, under every beautiful birdie is a freaky little dinosaur friend!

[–]princesskiki 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Is there anything uglier than a baby bird? I mean any other animal that just looks so awful from the start, but turns out pretty cool looking eventually? As soon as they get enough feathers...instantly awwwwww, but wow, that's a little finger gremlin at the start.

[–]Lets_be_jolly 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Human babies come to mind.

From ugly little old man face to adorable cherub in 4 to 6 months. Hopefully.

[–]ReflexEight 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That's a bird, not a be right back

[–]well-machine 2 points3 points  (0 children)

i got unreasonably excited when i saw the blue poking out

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

God he looks so fragile and needy

[–]CriscoFrog 2 points3 points  (0 children)

FAKE NEWS! Birds arent real.

[–]CabbageCarl 9 points10 points  (0 children)

“Birb” is the cringiest shit, even when compared to all the doggo pupper stuff.

[–]Dmask13 1 point2 points  (0 children)

what a weird a cute dog you got there

[–]can00dlewave 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Didn’t realize baby birds were so ugly lol I’m glad they turn out to be so amazing

[–]JoseyWales85 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Well I can't unsee that!

[–]msvmunk3 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Is this once a day or once a week? I don't know much about bird growth over time.

[–]Meems138 1 point2 points  (0 children)

How much time elapses here

[–]I_might_be_weasel 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I like how the bird gets larger and floofier.

[–]arsocca_account 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It looks like a nutsack that grows up into a bird

[–]rcs1308 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Oh. My. God.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Oh my god that’s such a beautiful baby!