Budgerigar

Melopsittacus undulatus

Order

PSITTACIFORMES

Family

Lories, Lovebirds, and Australasian Parrots (Psittaculidae)

Code 4

Non AOU

Code 6

MELUND

ITIS

Egg Color:

White



Number of Eggs:

4 - 8



Incubation Days:

18



Egg Incubator:

Female



Nest Location:

Tree, stump, or log cavities.



Nest Material:



Migration:

Nonmigratory



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General

Budgerigar: Small parakeet, mostly green in its wild form, may have varying amounts blue, white, or yellow in feral U.S. populations. Has a characteristic pug face, and most have finely barred upperparts. Sexes are similar; male has blue cere above bill, female has purple-brown. Juvenile has more extensive barring on forehead.

Range and Habitat

Budgerigar: Widespread in the dry interior of Australia, but populations of escaped cage birds have now established small populations at many sites around the world, including parts of Florida, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Mexico. Preferred habitats include grasslands, open dry woodlands, farmlands, and roadsides.

Breeding and Nesting

Budgerigar: Breeds at almost any time of year, whenever food is abundant. Lays four to eight white eggs in a tree cavity; nests communally and may share cavities. Female incubates eggs for 18 days while male brings her food. Chicks take 35 days to fledge.

Foraging and Feeding

Budgerigar: Feeds on seeds, especially grass seeds, by foraging on the ground along roads or in open grasslands. In its native Australia, large flocks travel across arid areas in search of food and water, with congregations reaching up to 15,000 birds.

Vocalization

Budgerigar: Call is a musical, warbling "chirrup"; also makes a variety of chattering and screeching.

Similar Species

Budgerigar: None in range.

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UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
CereX
Also called the operculum, it is a smooth and featherless patch of skin located where the beak attaches to the forehead.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X