Budgerigar

Latin Name

Melopsittacus undulatus

Description

The budgie is often referred to as a 'parakeet'. The normal budgie has a bright green plumage on the chest. The wings are a mix of green with black. The heads of the budgie has black lines covering a yellow head. There are several variations to this basic budgerigar, including yellow, blue (cobalt), violet, and albino.

Some budgies have been bred down in size but with a greater number of color mixes. They are generally "aviary bred" in groups, and are referred to as American Budgies. Others have been selectively chosen and bred up, with a more pronounced forehead and larger overall size. These birds are referred to as English Budgies. Both American and English budgies are the same birds, but bred differently for different purposes.

Younger birds have the lines down the forehead of the bird, and the eye is entirely black (except for albinos). As the bird matures the lines recede on the forehead, and a white ring forms around the 'pupil' of the eye.

Length

7 Inches for parakeet.
10 Inches for the English Budgie.

Sexing

Female birds have a brownish cere. The males have a deep blue cere. The color only appears after the bird is about 6 months old.

Origin

Australia. The name 'Budgerigar' is actually derived from the Aboriginal name for the bird. The Aboriginal name translates to 'good eating'

Trainability

A few budgies can be taught to talk, but not all will. A big factor in the birds talking is hand-raising. Hand raised birds are more likely (but not guaranteed) to speak. Budgies can be excellent pets if they are treated with love and attention. The budgie is often under estimated as a pet.

Loudness

The budgie is a quiet bird.

Pricing

Prices usually are $20 for a hand-fed bird. $10 for older bird. American Budgies prices are usually $10-$20, while English Budgies are usually $20-$100 depending upon the pedigree. Expect to pay more for a hand-tamed bird and a little less for an older bird.