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The Budgerigar(Melopsittacus undulatus), is a small, domesticated Austrailian bird. Also known as the Parakeet or Budgie, they are commonly-seen pets. Though they are very common in Australia as wild birds.

AppearanceEdit

Budgies come in a variety of colors - the most common are black-striped combinations of blue, turquiose, green, yellow, or white. The males have a blue cere, or top of beak, while females have a beige to brown.

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A male Budgie. Note the blue beaktop.

Some Subspecies Edit

  • Wild variant (most common)
  • Lutino
  • Albino
  • Spangle (single or double factor)
  • Opaline
  • Recessive Pied
  • Lacewing
  • English Budgie

Breeding Edit

A bird's gender can be based off its cere. If the cere is a white, light pink, tan, or brown, it's probably female. If the cere is bright blue or pink, it's most likely male. However, cere color is hard to detect in young birds, as they're all the same. Sick birds also have a unique cere color.

Another distinct feature is that males bob their heads when they sing. They are generally more hyperactive, and are also are always a darker blue, if that variant. Females are more sky blue or turquoise

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