Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus)


Taxonomy

French: Perruche ondulée German: Wellensittich Spanish: Periquito común
Taxonomy:

Psittacus undulatus

Shaw

, 1805,

New South Wales, Australia

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

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. (2018). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/54531 on 26 September 2018).