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.”
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