Scientific Name: Melopsittacus undulatus
Weight: 25 g
Size: 7 inches in length
Distinct Markings: Common varieties include crested, albino, clear-winged, opaline, gray-winged, violet and spangled budgies. Budgerigars have been bred to produce different color variations since the 1850s. In stores, the most common varieties are blue, yellow and green.
The budgerigar, also known as common pet parakeet or shell parakeet and informally nicknamed the budgie, is a small, long-tailed, seed-eating parrot.
DIET: Budgies should be fed a formulated (pelleted or extruded diet) as a basis for good nutrition. The diet should be supplemented (up to 15%) with fresh fruits and vegetables daily to add variety and psychological enrichment. Vitamin supplements are not needed for birds eating a formulated diet.