The Ultimate Specialisation – Japanese Crested

Moheb NabilI began breeding budgerigars when I was six years old.

I breed both the English quality budgerigars and also the Japanese Crested variety – it is the latter that I refer to in this article.

Six years ago I managed to buy three of these fascinating budgerigars in the local market place.

One was a cock and two hens were also available.

Breeding Technique

I have now managed to extract many new colours in that time in this way, stage by stage:

  1. I obviously mated the male to the two females
  2. I then crossed the two lines together with the chicks that had been produced
  3. I then mated the original male to normal hens as well as to another full crested hen I found and cross bred these English and normal results with other various colours
  4. I mated Japanese crested hens to another group of normals and other Full Crested males with more different colours
  5. I mated the two original crested hens to the new Japanese males produced from previous clutches

My project was to select birds with the highest quality bloodline (full circular crest on the heads with a large back frill and feathers on both wings).

All my surplus Japanese Crested are sold to a contact from Dubai who knew of me via an Egyptian forum.

Feeding Technique

  • Canary and millet seeds
  • Boiled radish seeds and sunflower seeds
  • Green fresh clover which enhances breeding because of its vitamin content – which acts like Viagra, hence breeding is easy!
  • Lettuce and cress also has the same effect – particularly the cress
  • Sweet potato — one slice / week when there are no eggs around and I increase it to two slices once eggs are present
  • A few drops of honey and black molasses each week
  • Boiled eggs with grounded up toast
  • Minerals and vitamins from a pharmacy

Now, in this region, this specialist variety favoured by many, can reach $500 – depending on colours, sizes, full circulars, back frills and feather distribution – as it is so difficult to get the desired result all together in the one bird.

Rare, near perfect ones can reach double that if they are ever sold.


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About the Author: Moheb Nabil is from Cairo in Egypt. He began breeding budgerigars when he was six years old, breeding both the English quality and the Japanese Crested variety. He works as a Customer Relationship Manager.

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  1. Hassan Shuvro says:

    I learn a great deal from this site.

    Thank you Nabil, you have reached a very high level.

    Hassan Shuvro, Bangladesh

  2. Ahmed Slem says:



    Ahmed Slem, Egypt

  3. Moheb Nabil says:

    Dear Gentlemen,

    Many thanks for your warm feelings, and I wish you the best of luck too.

    Warm regards,
    Moheb Nabil, Egypt

  4. Dina says:

    Congratulations great great great job!

    Dina, Egypt

  5. Yaser Ahmed says:

    You have a great collection.

    Good luck.

    Yaser Ahmed, Egypt

  6. Congratulations Moheb – I like your beautiful “helicopter” young and photography.

    Habib Ur Rehman, Pakistan

  7. Ahmed Shirby says:

    I feel so proud and happy to see an Egyptian breeder breed these great levels in budgerigars.

    Congratulations Moheb and I wish you all best wishes in your work.

    Ahmed Shirby, Egypt

  8. Awais Ahmed says:

    I want to keep Japanese Crested budgerigars!

    Can anyone please provide me with links to breeders who are are breeding top quality specimens?

    Awais Ahmed, Pakistan

  9. Ahmad Raza Sahi says:

    Hi Moheb,

    You have done excellent work.

    Moreover, you have successfully continued to breed them with the good information you have provided above.

    The combination of color which you have developed with this variety looks beautiful.

    I would like to extend my congratulations to you for your work.

    I should be pleased if some day I could keep this variety.

    Ahmad Raza Sahi, Pakistan

  10. Roli says:

    Dear Moheb,

    You do a great job.

    I also breed crested budgerigars and love yours!

    Roli, Philippines

  11. Faheem Ather says:

    I learn many good things from this site – keep up the good work.

    Moheb you did a brilliant job – well done.

    Faheem, Pakistan

  12. Shai says:

    Just amazing!

    I wish Israel could reach these levels.

    Shai, Israel

  13. Martin Quy says:

    Hi Moheb,

    I have just seen the photos of your beautiful birds.

    Do you know if they are available anywhere in the United Kingdom?

    Martin Quy, UK

  14. Musaif Khan says:

    Moheb Nabil you are a fantastic breeder of Japanese crested budgerigars.

    I have learnt a lot from you.

    Thank you,
    Musaif Khan, Mumbai, India

  15. Moheb Nabil says:

    Dear Martin Quy,

    As far as I am aware, they are not available in the UK.

    You can contact me (


  16. Ekachai says:

    Dear Moheb,

    Congratulations and well done…..

    ekachaibbt, Thailand

  17. Dear Moheb,

    Congratulations, I wish you more progress and success in this hobby.

    Your friend and brother
    Khaled Abdel Halim , Egypt

  18. Shujaa Ahmer says:

    Congratulations, I wish you more progress and success in this hobby.

    Shujaa Ahmer, Pakistan

  19. Sameert says:

    I am intrested in buying Japanease Budgerigar.

    If anyone has any information please contact me on my email address:

    Sameer, Kuwait

  20. I am intrested in buying Japanease

  21. Arif Raza says:

    Dear Moheb,

    What would be the approximate price of one Japanese crest bird.

    You have amazing birds.

    Best Regards
    Arif Raza – Pakistan

  22. Webmaster says:


    Please contact Arif directly ( to discuss pricing etc.

    Topics such as pricing etc. are private matters and will not be published on this site.

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  23. Glenn says:

    All the birds are very beautiful,

  24. sameh says:

    A Beautiful Mind
    proud to be egyptian
    thanks moheb

  25. DMBINORKAR says:


  26. abir mukherjee says:

    moheb sir,
    you have got awesome collection of crested budgies…….wish you luck for your future…….!!!!
    i am interested in buying japanese crested budgies……moheb sir please help me out……..
    please cntct me at 898109060 or 8697074810……
    i reside in west bengal, india

  27. azeemsyed says:


    aakhu moheb

    All the birds are very beautiful,

    i am interested in buying japanese crested budgies pleas reply on this my email (


  28. kamranansari says:

    i am interested in buying japanese crested budgies pleas reply on this my email

  29. hy sir i kamran khan i saw your birds picture on youtube you just had possted king crusted with beautifull frill back.please sir i am a big fan of you.i request to you please reply this email i want yo buy your birds blood line. in this time i am in london but i need your birds in pakistan. i dont know how i pick up the birds from your avairy.please sir send me your email and contact number thank you.

  30. Dear mohib ,

    Mashahallah U have quality in japanese crested budgrie.
    Iam from Pakistan

    Email (
    Muhammad Arsalan

  31. Excellent specimens friend, an excellent breeder Mr Moheb Nabil, the best Mexico has looked into q copies, my biggest congratulations.

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