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.