After the canary, this is the most popular pet bird in the world.
While these are, in captivity, birds with blue plumage, this is not the case with specimen in the wild, carrying green plumage. The natural green colour is the result of the combined effect of a yellow pigment in the feathers (psittacine), and the blue obtained by diffraction of the light (yellow + blue = green). Within mutations, certain birds no longer synthesise the yellow pigment, in such a way that their plumage remains blue.
This Budgerigar lives in the semi-arid areas of central Australia with shrub-strewn savannahs and water-holes. It forms large flocks, migrating on the search for new places once food resources of the old ones are exhausted. It eats seeds, wild fruit and grass of every kind.
It is an intelligent bird which, in captivity, is highly sociable and able to sing and to imitate certain noises. Its name is thought to come from one of its aboriginal names “betcherrygah”, which means “good to eat”.
A less threatened species
- Name: Budgerigar
- Latin name: Melopsittacus undulatus
- Origin: Central Australia
- IUCN status: Least concerned
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