Parakeets

Parakeet

Melopsittacus undulatus

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Quick Facts
Height:
Weight:
17 cm from head to tail
30- 40 grams
Wild diet: Seeding grasses and water
Zoo Diet: Parakeet Seed Mix and Budgie Maintenance Crumble. Leafy greens on occasion.
Distribution: Inland Australia, Cape York Peninsula, and Tasmania. Birds as pets are found all over the world.
Habitat: Grasslands, scrublands, and open plains. They are tolerant to arid, unfavorable conditions and travel long distances in search of seeding grasses and water.

The name budgerigar comes from the Australian Aboriginal word betcherrygah, which means “good food.” All budgerigars are parakeets, but not all parakeets are budgerigars. Parakeet is a term used to describe a type of small parrot. Australia alone is home to hundreds of species of parakeets, including the budgerigar. In America, the budgerigar is also commonly referred to as a “budgie,” an “English parakeet,” or simply as a “parakeet.”
 

Description

This species is one of the most well-known members of the parrot family. Serving as camouflage by helping them blend into grassland vegetation, the original wild parakeets have a green, slender body and a yellow and black head. Their forehead and face are yellow, and their mask has three small black spots on either side of a blue mark, which is known as a cheek patch. Their underparts are bright green, and their tail is greenish-blue. However, after years of domestic breeding and showing of these birds, hundreds of color patterns with cobalt, white, yellow, violet, olive, and sky blue have developed. Males have a blue cere (the tough outer skin that covers the nostrils); females have a brownish cere.

Status in the Wild

Their numbers are stable in the wild.

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