Species Profiles: Budgerigars (Budgies)/Parakeets

 

Scientific Name: Melopsittacus undulatus

Family: Psittacidae

Size: 7 inches from head to tail.

Life Span: 5 to 8 years is the norm, but some live as long as 12 years in captivity.

Origin: Australia

Physical Description: In the wild, they have a pale green body and a yellow head with black bars and dots on each side of the face. In non-wild budgies, there are many different color mutations available.

Habitat: Arid and semi-arid regions, which include open woodland, savanna, grasslands, scrub and farmlands.

Budgie eating from hand

Food: A pellet prepared for budgies, as well as fruits and veggies. Some seed is also recommended.

Enclosure Needs: A minimum cage that is 24 inches long and 24 inches tall. Make sure there is a pull-out tray to make cleaning the bottom easier, and provide fresh food and water daily. Offer multiple perches that are not too thick for your budgie’s feet to grasp. This intelligent bird needs mental stimulation as well as physical, so toys are a must.

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2 comments

  • Pellets are made out of corn meal its not healthy it’s as bad as most dog foods

    Lacie
  • Thank you for the videos on bird species – most informative.

    Michele

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