Budgerigar – Nicknamed the Budgie
Genus – Melopsittacus undulatus
Budgerigars are small, long-tailed, seed-eating parrots and are found wild throughout the drier parts of Australia where the species has survived harsh inland conditions for the last five million years.
They are naturally green and yellow with black, scalloped markings on the nape, back, and wings, but have been bred in captivity with colouring in blues, whites, yellows, greys, and even with small crests.
Budgerigars are popular pets around the world due to their small size, low cost, and ability to mimic human speech.
In mature birds feathering between sexes is similar. The male’s cere (featherless area around the nostrils) is rich blue in colour while the female’s cere is pale blue, pinky blue or brown.
Budgerigars live to about 8 years of age.
Budgerigars feed almost exclusively on the seeds of native herbs and grasses, such as porcupine grass and saltbush. Seeds are mostly eaten from the ground and the bulk of drinking and feeding activity is in the morning.