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Scientific Name:

Melopsittacus undulatus budgerigar

Conservation Status:
Common

Where to see them:
Boundless Budgies: A Parakeet Adventure

Fun Facts:

  • Budgerigars are a very social species living in large groups up to the thousands.
  • Wild birds have green plumage. Captive breeding has resulted in shades of blue, gray, luteo (yellow), white or combinations.
  • Males have bluish ceres (fleshy areas around nostrils), while females have whitish-brown ceres.


Budgerigar (Parakeet)

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Size
Approximately 7inches; 27-32 grams

Range
Central Australia

Habitat
Desert, arid habitats, open scrub or woodlands

Lifestyle
Budgerigars or “budgies” are a type of parakeet, or small parrot. They are extremely intelligent and social and are much more comfortable in a large flock than on their own. Wild budgies are nomadic, and movements are dependent on food and water supplies. 

Food
Budgies eat a variety of seeds, plant and flower material, and fruits and vegetables.

Life Cycle
Budgies live approximately 15 years in captivity. Adults are monogamous and more than likely pair for life.  They become mature around 8-10 months of age and generally produce between four and eight eggs per clutch.  Budgies are cavity nesters and will build their nests in tree hollows. Chicks start leaving the nest around 3-4 weeks of age and will start eating on their own around 6-8 weeks of age. 

Some of My Neighbors (IN THE WILD)
Red and grey kangaroos, red-necked wallaby, kookaburra, dingo

Population Status & Threats

Threats – Snakes are the only naturally-occurring predator for budgies. Eggs and chicks are easy prey for tree climbing snakes. 

Status - Common. The current population of budgies is stable; however, as these birds are only found in inland Australia, any habitat loss in that area will impact populations.