Project Description

(Melopsittacus undulates)

The Budgerigar, also known as the common pet “parakeet”, and informally nicknamed the “budgie”, is a small, long-tailed seed-eating parrot. Its Latin name means, roughly, “song bird with wavy lines”, which is a pretty good description of this popular bird.

They are easily hand-tamed and can become a loyal, loving little friend to a patient owner.

Parakeets are social birds and don’t do well in a life of isolation.

Fast Facts

Country of Origin: Australia

Weight: 25 - 35 grams

Size: 7 - 7.5 inches in length

Lifespan: 5 - 8 years old in the wild and captivity

Diet: Parakeets are ground-feeders that eat primarly seeds and plant material

Conservation Status: Least Concern

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