Wild budgerigars

Lively flying acrobats

Wild budgerigars are coveybirds which only feel very well if there is at least one fellow on their side. The original color of the budgerigars is grass-green but nowadays there are over 100 different colors which are accredited by the breeding association. Within our portraits we have collected the most important data about budgerigars

Budgerigar

Scientific Title

Melopsitacus undulatus

Appearance

Wild budgerigars have a light green body colour, a yellow face and wavy, pitch-black markings on their head, wings and back. They display small, purple cheek patches and a series of black spots across each side of their throats (called throat spots). Budgerigars have been bred in captivity since the nineteenth century. Today, there are over a hundred different colour variations. The sex of an adult budgerigar can be determined from the colour of the cere (the area containing the nostrils), which is royal blue in males and brownish in females. Only in males with a rare colour mutation (such as Albino or Lutino) does the cere remain an immature pinkish colour their entire lives. Weight: 35 to 85 g, size: 18 to 22 cm (including tail), incubation: 18 days, clutch size: 4 to 8 eggs, the birds nest in tree hollows and rock crevices, the young take four weeks to fledge.

Origin

Australia. Also known as the common pet parakeet or shell parakeet and informally nicknamed the budgie, the budgerigar is found wild throughout the drier parts of Australia in scrubland characterised by bushy steppes and the occasional tree. Budgerigars are genuine opportunists. Nomadic birds, they seek out optimal conditions for moulting and breeding. They then wait for the young to fledge before moving on.

Behavior

Budgerigars are naturally very curious, active and sociable birds, and also make good companions for children. Living in flocks in the wild, they are social animals that require stimulation and interaction with other budgerigars for their well-being. 

Special features

The age of a budgerigar can be roughly estimated from a number of external characteristics: Juveniles have a pink cere and lack the longer black tail feathers. The eyes of young adults are completely black. In older birds, the eyes develop a lighter ring, which becomes more pronounced with age. The wave pattern on the head also changes, receding with age.

 

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