Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus)


French: Perruche ondulée German: Wellensittich Spanish: Periquito común

Psittacus undulatus


, 1805,

New South Wales, Australia




Australia, mainly away from coasts, and absent from Cape York Peninsula.

Descriptive notes

17–18 cm; 26–29 g. Cere blue, forehead, front of face and throat pale yellow, last with line of black spots; lower malar area purple; mid-crown and area below eye back... read more


Quite noisy. Commonest calls a liquid pleasant-sounding “che-lee” and a short raspy dry “krrr” or “... read more


In habits a wide variety of open habitats including open forest, savanna, lightly wooded grasslands... read more

Food and feeding

Grass and chenopod seeds taken on or near ground, the number of species and proportions varying with season and part of range. In inland... read more


Jun–Sept in N of range, Aug–Jan in S, but any time of year after substantial rains, and where conditions permit there may be... read more


In parts of range areas exist in which seasonal production of food is regular, and others where the... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Abundant; in favourable years in certain places flocks darken the sky and the weight of perching birds has broken eucalypt branches 4... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2019). Budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 15 December 2019).