Melopsittacus undulatus


Quick Facts
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.

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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