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Male Budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus)Blue Male BudgerigarBudgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus) and Cockatiel (Nymphicus hollandicus) in an aviary at Bandipur National Park, India.Budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus)Budgerigar (Melopsittacus Undulatus)A Budgie in a bushMelopsittacus undulatus flockCaptive Budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus) eating a tangerine segment.
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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: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

Budgerigar Location

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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.

Budgerigar Translations

български език
Вълнист папагал
Català
Periquito
Cesky
Andulka vlnkovaná
Dansk
Undulat
Deutsch
Wellensittich
English
Budgerigar
Español
Melopsittacus undulatus
Suomi
Undulaatti
Français
Perruche ondulée
עִבְרִית
תוכון
Hrvatski
Tigrica
Magyar
Hullámos papagáj
Italiano
Melopsittacus
日本語
セキセイインコ
Nederlands
Grasparkiet
Norsk
Undulat
Polski
Papużka falista
Português
Periquito-australiano
Româna
Peruş
Svenska
Undulat
Türkçe
Muhabbet kuşu
中文
虎皮鸚鵡

Budgerigar Comments

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"This is the greatest website ever for A to Z projects that's what I'm currently doing I accually have a budgie she is a girl"
Bird Lover
"Great details and easy going website. It is one and only website I go for facts. Keep up the good work! Plus can you please make a fact profile for a Indian Ringneck Parrot. if so that would be great!"
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budgie smugler
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koala
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First Published: 18th November 2008, Last Updated: 9th January 2017 [View Sources]

Sources:
1. Christopher Perrins, Oxford University Press (2009) The Encyclopedia Of Birds [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2009]
2. David Burnie, Dorling Kindersley (2008) Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 18 Nov 2008]
3. David Burnie, Kingfisher (2011) The Kingfisher Animal Encyclopedia [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2011]
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