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Budgerigars

Order:

Psittaciformes

Family:

Psittacidae

Group:

Melopsittacus

Lifespan:

10 years

Gestation:

18 to 21 days, young fledglings at 30 days

Distribution:

Australia

Habitat:

Scrubland, woodland and grassland

Diet:

Insects, grains and seeds

Conservation Status:

Least Concern
Facts

Budgies Melopsittacus undulatus are on average 18cm (7inches) long and will weigh between 30-40 grams. Their colouring can vary from blues and greens with black markings on their wings and back with a series of black spots across each side of their throat, the colour of the cere (this is the area that contains their nostrils.) determines their sex of a budgie it will be royal blue for a male, brown for a female and pink in young ones. Young usually mature at 6 months old, this is when it is easier to be able to tell which sex they are. Males tend to be the more cheerful, vocal and highly flirtatious, but it’s the females that are the dominant ones and will be more socially intolerant.

 

Did you know?

Budgies can register 150 images per second. Humans can only register 16 images per second.

They poop every 12 to 15 minutes which is a lot of trips to the toilet, just as well they don’t use loo roll!