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Photo of a male and female budgerigar perched on a limb


Scientific Name:  Melopsittacus undulatus

Distribution:  Australia

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.

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