BudgerigarMelopsittacus undulatus

adult
Jim Culbertson/VIREO
adult blue color morph (captive-bred)
Dr. Michael Stubblefield/VIREO
adult yellow color morph (captive-bred)
Kevin Smith/VIREO
adult
Michael P. Gage/VIREO
Budgerigar

Description

7" (18 cm). Typical adult barred above with black and yellow; rump and underparts green (occasionally blue). Tail long, pointed, and green.

Voice

A chattering warble, interspersed with screeching notes.

Listen

calls of captive

Habitat

Suburbs, parks, and gardens.

Range

Introduced from Australia and established in west-central Florida and elsewhere in the state.

Discussion

This familiar cage bird, which occurs in a variety of colors besides those of the wild type described above, escapes so frequently that birds may be seen almost anywhere in the United States, and not just in the area where it now nests successfully on its own.

Nesting

4-7 white eggs laid in a natural cavity or birdhouse.

Similar Species

adult

White-winged Parakeet

9" (23 cm). A small, stocky green parakeet with pointed tail and flash of yellow and white in wing.

adult male and female

Monk Parakeet

11" (28 cm). Bright green above and pale gray below, with scalloping on throat; dark blue primaries; long and pointed tail.

Vireo

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