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Budgerigar
Male Budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus)
Budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus) and Cockatiel (Nymphicus hollandicus) in an aviary at Bandipur National Park, India.
Captive Budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus) eating a tangerine segment.
Blue Male Budgerigar
The budgerigar is a small colourful bird native to Australia. The budgerigar is thought to be a sub-species of parrot, making the budgerigar one of the smallest parrot species in the world.

The budgerigar is often called a parakeet or a budgie and the budgie is one of the most popular birds to keep as pets, both in outside aviaries and in cages in homes. Budgerigars are thought to be popular pets due to their small size and brightly coloured feathers.

The budgerigar is a very sociable bird and budgies can been seen gathering in large flocks in trees and scrub land in the Australian wilderness. Pet budgerigars should always be kept at least with one other budgerigar to prevent them from getting lonely. The wild budgerigar tends to feed on grass seeds and occasional insects.

Budgies are known to be very easy animals to sex. Male budgies and female budgies can be identified by the colour of their nose. The male budgerigar has a blue nose while the female budgie's nose is brown in colour.

Budgerigars are known to be very hardy little creatures and if a budgie becomes ill in the wild, the budgie will try to conceal it as long as possible so as not to appear weak and vulnerable to potential predators. The main predators of the wild budgerigar are snakes and birds of prey such as hawks. Wild budgerigars have also been known to be hunted by local natives mainly for their brightly coloured feathers which are then used in tribal costumes.

The average lifespan of a wild budgerigar is thought to be around 5 years but budgerigars have been known to live much longer in captivity, some get to nearly 20 years old! The average lifespan of a pet budgie is between 8 and 10 years.

Budgerigars are one of the few bird species that do not build nests and female budgerigars will therefore find a hole in a tree in which to lay their eggs. The female budgerigar lays around 5 or 6 eggs, that hatch in around 3 weeks. The budgie chicks are looked after by their mother and reach full adulthood when they are roughly 9 months old.

The budgerigar is a very vocal animal and the song of the budgie is also quite loud. Budgerigars use their voices to communicate with one another as they are very sociable animals.


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Budgerigar Translations

Bulgarian български език
Вълнист папагал
 
Catalan Català
Periquito
 
Czech Cesky
Andulka vlnkovaná
 
Danish Dansk
Undulat
 
German Deutsch
Wellensittich
 
English English
Budgerigar
 
Spanish Español
Melopsittacus undulatus
 
Finnish Suomi
Undulaatti
 
French Français
Perruche ondulée
 
Hebrew עִבְרִית
תוכון
 
Croatian Hrvatski
Tigrica
 
Hungarian Magyar
Hullámos papagáj
 
Italian Italiano
Melopsittacus
 
Japanese 日本語
セキセイインコ
 
Dutch Nederlands
Grasparkiet
 
Norwegian Norsk
Undulat
 
Polish Polski
Papużka falista
 
Portuguese Português
Periquito-australiano
 
Romanian Româna
Peruş
 
Swedish Svenska
Undulat
 
Turkish Türkçe
Muhabbet kuşu
 
Chinese 中文
虎皮鸚鵡
 

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Budgerigar Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things...
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
Chordata
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum...
Aves
Order:
A group of animals within a class...
Psittaciformes
Family:
A group of animals within an order...
Psittacidae
Genus:
A group of animals within a family...
Melopsittacus
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Melopsittacus Undulatus
Type:
The animal group that the species belongs to...
Bird
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats...
Omnivore
Size (H):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
15cm - 20cm (5.9in - 7.8in)
Wing Span:
The measurement from one wing tip to the other...
25cm - 35cm (10in - 14in)
Weight:
The measurement of how heavy the animal is...
30g - 40g (1oz - 1.4oz)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for...
3 - 6 years
Lifestyle:
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable...
Flock
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
Least Concern
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Black, White, Grey, Green, Blue, Yellow
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Feathers
Favourite Food:Seeds
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives...
Open woodland and grassland near water
Average Clutch Size:
The average number of eggs laif at once...
6
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Seeds, Fruit, Insects, Berries
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Human, Snakes, Large Birds
Distinctive Features:
Characteristics unique to the animal...
Brightly coloured feathers and warble communication calls

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