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Nature Notes - Budgerigar

BudgerigarFeatures

Budgerigars (Melopsippacus undulatus) are small bright green parrots. You generally hear them before you see them.

Adaptations

Budgerigars are social. Often seen in small groups and at times huge flocks. They dart across the sky twisting and turning in unison & making lots of noise. This erratic and swift flight confuses aerial predators like the Australian Hobby.

They are highly nomadic and respond to heavy rain that brings grasses and abundant seeds.

Habitat

Budgerigars roost and nest in the hollows of big old gum trees in the Desert Rivers and feed in spinifex, salt bush and grasslands.

Range

In good times Budgerigars inhabit the interior of the Australian mainland and when times get tough they head to the coast.

Wild Status

Budgerigars are common and possibly the most numerous parrot species in Australia.

Diet

They feed almost exclusively on grass seeds.

Predators

Butcherbirds and the Australian Hobby are two of their predators.

Home

Budgerigars shelter in trees hollows and bushes during the heat of the day to keep movement to a minimum in order to conserve moisture.

Life Span

Up to 15 years

Size

17-20 cm

Reproduction

Budgerigars nest in the hollows of gum trees. Any time after rain, they quickly raise several broods of up to 4-8 young. The female incubates the eggs for 18 days and young leave the nest after 30 days. These population explosions force the birds to disperse as soon as the country dries.

Extra Fun Facts

Budgerigars or 'Budgies' as they are commonly known, are the most widely known of all the parrots as it is a popular pet throughout the world.