BudgerigarMelopsittacus undulatus

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


The little "Budgie," native to Australia, is a very popular cagebird, so it was probably inevitable that some would escape and establish a wild colony in our area. The west coast of Florida has a sizeable population, and there are some elsewhere in Florida as well. Lone escapees may be seen almost anywhere in North America.


calls of captive

Similar Species


White-winged Parakeet

Native to South America, this parakeet became common around Miami and elsewhere in southern Florida during the 1960s and 1970s after large numbers escaped from captivity. It has become less numerous there since the early 1980s. A few also live in a feral state in California.

adult male and female

Monk Parakeet

Most parrots and parakeets nest in holes in trees, but this South American native builds bulky stick nests among the branches, both for raising young and for sleeping in at night. Many North American cities now have local colonies of Monk Parakeets, established by birds escaped from captivity. Despite some dire predictions in the past, these noisy but colorful birds have not yet spread to take over the countryside.


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