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.
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Details & Statistics

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Hatched on 10 December 2007
Scientific Name
Melopsittacus undulatus
  • Psittaciformes
  • Psittacidae
  • Melopsittacus
  • M. undulatus
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 20 March 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
5.9 to 7.8 inches
10 to 14 inches
1 to 1.4 ounces

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 虎皮鹦鹉
Czech (Cesky) Andulka Vlnkovaná
Danish (Dansk) Undulat
Dutch (Nederlands) Grasparkiet
Finnish (Suomi) Undulaatti
French (Français) Perruche Ondulée
German (Deutsch) Wellensittich
Italian (Italiano) Coccorito
Japanese (日本語) セキセイインコ (sekiseiinko)
Norwegian (Norsk) Undulat
Polish (Polski) Papużka Falista
Portuguese (Português) periquito-australiano
Russian (русский язык) Волнистый попугайчик
Spanish (Español) Periquito
Swedish (Svenska) Undulat
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