Japanese Budgies (Hagaromo or Helicopter Budgies)

Last Updated on April 15, 2023 by Ali Shahid

Japanese Budgies are a breed of budgerigars that are unique and hard to find. They are known for their beautiful looks and friendly personalities.

Hagoromo, also called “helicopter budgies,” are a new type of bird that was made by breeding crested budgies together. Crested budgie owners were able to make the crest look like a flower by crossing the birds in different ways.

These budgies have a rose flower made of crest feathers on their backs. Their unique plumage and feather patterns make them very popular.

In Japan, Hagoromo (helicopter, japones) budgies have been around since the 1960s. “Hagoromo” is the name of a kimono with feathers that belongs to Tennin, a spiritual being in Japanese Buddhism.

In this article, we’ll talk about the history of Japanese Budgies, what they look like, and how to take care of them.

History of Japanese Budgies

The origin of Japanese Budgies can be traced back to the early 20th century, when bird breeders in Japan began experimenting with breeding different types of budgerigars.

They selectively bred birds with the goal of creating a new and unique breed that had a more compact size and distinctive plumage. Crested budgie mutation lays the groundwork for the first Japanese budgies to be born.

The crestless budgie mutation is an example of an unassisted spontaneous mutation. Yet, human effort is required for the mutation’s development.

The crest mutation in budgies causes them to develop an abnormally large amount of feathers on their heads.

Hagoromo budgies are mutant crested budgies that stand out due to their excessively plum head and flower-like feathers at their back. Anyone can tell at a glance whether or not a budgie is a crested budgie.


Japanese Budgies (Hagoromo budgies) have feathers on their backs that look like flowers (usually 18 feathers that point in different directions and look like petals). They also have back frills and crests on their heads that make them look beautiful.

Since the first hagoromo budgies appeared, humans have used selective breeding techniques to make different kinds of mutations. Cross-breeding led to different kinds of mutations as time passed.

Some budgies don’t have flowers, but they have crests on their heads and frills on their backs. In other cases, breeders end up with budgies without flowers on their backs but do have back frills.

Various names have been given to Hagoromo budgies, such as flowers-like frills and rose-like frills. Budgie owners always come up with creative names for new varieties that look different or are just a little different.

Most other budgerigar types are bigger than Japanese Budgies. They usually weigh between 20 and 35 grams. They have a unique look because their feathers are a mix of bright colors and intricate patterns.

Japanese Budgies are different from other budgerigars because their bodies are shorter and rounder. This makes them look more compact and “cute.” Their beaks are also bigger and stronger than other budgies, which lets them crack open tough seeds and nuts.


When it comes to personality, Japanese Budgies are known for being very friendly and good with people. They are very smart and can easily be taught to do tricks and behave in different ways, such as imitating human speech and following commands.

 How to Produce Japanese or Hagoromo Budgies

 Crested birds, or hagoromo budgies as they are commonly known, possess genetic characteristics that are exceptional. Genetic factors play an essential role in the formation of a visible crest.

There will not be a visible crest if the bird is a single factor. Only birds with double factors can display this characteristic. If not, the crest will be of poor quality.

In other words, if two visual hagoromo budgies have double factors genes, you can produce hagoromo chicks.

Double-factor hagoromo, when paired with a normal budgie, can produce visual results. If you breed two crest-bred birds and a double factor hagoromo with a visual crest bird, you may also obtain hagoromo.

Japanese Budgies Care

Like all birds, Japanese Budgies require a certain level of care and attention in order to thrive. Here are some tips on how to care for these unique and charming birds:

  1. Diet: Japanese Budgies require a balanced and varied diet that includes a mix of seeds, pellets, fresh fruits and vegetables, and occasional treats such as millet spray. Make sure to provide fresh food and water every day, and avoid feeding them avocado or chocolate, which can be toxic to birds.
  2. Housing: Japanese Budgies are active birds that require plenty of space to fly and exercise. A cage that is at least 18 inches wide, 18 inches deep, and 24 inches tall is recommended for a single bird. Make sure to provide plenty of perches and toys for your budgie to play with, and clean the cage regularly to maintain hygiene.
  3. Socialization: Japanese Budgies are social birds that require regular interaction and attention from their owners. Spend time with your budgie every day, and consider getting a second bird to keep them company if you’re unable to provide enough socialization yourself.
  4. Health: Japanese Budgies are generally healthy birds, but they can be susceptible to certain health problems such as respiratory infections, mites, and feather plucking. Regular checkups with an avian veterinarian are recommended to ensure your bird stays healthy and happy.

Japanese Budgie Price

A distinct species, Japanese budgies, comes in a variety of colors and sizes. They have distinct characteristics from other budgies and are slightly more expensive. The pricing of Japanese budgies ranges from $140 and $150, depending on color, breed, and size.


In conclusion, Japanese Budgies are a unique and charming breed of budgerigar that make wonderful pets for bird enthusiasts. With proper care and attention, they can live long, healthy, and fulfilling lives as beloved members of your family.


  • Ali Shahid

    Ali Shahid is a veterinarian by profession and an animal lover. He loves to give expert opinions about different animals. He has worked in top organization of birds like Bigbird Feed and Poultry Research institute. He loves birds, especially parrots and has great experience in different parrot farms.

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