If there is a better known or more popular cage bird than a budgerigar, or ‘budgie’, it is hard to know what it could be. The species has been domesticated for two hundred years and there are many artificial colour varieties in existence.

In its wild form, the budgerigar is a small, mostly green and yellow, long-tailed parrot that is found across the whole of the dry interior of Australia. It feeds on grass seeds on, or near, the ground. Many populations are nomadic in response to rainfall. At water holes it can form enormous flocks and the provision of dams for livestock has probably made large areas of central Australia habitable throughout the year so the budgie population has increased.

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PSITTACULIDAE: Melopsittacus undulatus (Shaw): budgerigar