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About the Budgerigar

Also known as: Budgie, Parakeet
The Budgerigar, or Budgie, is a small species of Australian parrot. It can be found throughout the drier parts of Australia and has survived in the inlands of that continent for over 5 million years.

The Budgie is believed to be the most common pet parrot in the world. Budgerigars have been bred in captivity since the 1850s. Their small size and ability to mimic sounds makes them easy and fun to keep as companion pets.

Budgies in the wild have a yellow and green plumage. In aviculture, there are at least 32 primary color mutations in the species, with hundreds of possible secondary mutations and color varieties.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 10 December 2007
Scientific Name Melopsittacus undulatus
  • Psittaciformes
  • Psittacidae
  • Melopsittacus
  • M. undulatus
Birdorable Family Parrots & Parakeets
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 15 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
5.9 to 7.8 inches
10 to 14 inches
1 to 1.4 ounces
Range Australia and New Zealand

International Names

  • 虎皮鹦鹉 (Chinese)
  • Andulka Vlnkovaná (Czech)
  • Undulat (Danish)
  • Grasparkiet (Dutch)
  • Undulaatti (Finnish)
  • Perruche Ondulée (French)
  • Wellensittich (German)
  • Coccorito (Italian)
  • セキセイインコ (sekiseiinko) (Japanese)
  • Undulat (Norwegian)
  • Papużka Falista (Polish)
  • periquito-australiano (Portuguese)
  • Волнистый попугайчик (Russian)
  • Periquito (Spanish)
  • Undulat (Swedish)

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