Latin name: Melopsittacus undulatus
size: 12 - 16cm
mass: 20 - 35g
Older: 4 - 8 years
Appearance: yellow-green, blue
Sexual dimorphism: Yes
Nutrition type: Seed eater (granivor)
food: Grains, seeds
distribution: as a breeding bird worldwide
original origin: Australia
Sleep-wake rhythm: day or night active
natural enemies: Hawk, hawk
sexual maturitywith about 5 - 6 months
mating season: all year round
breeding season: 14 - 18 days
clutch size: 4 - 6 eggs
social behavior: Swarm bird
Threatened with extinction: No
Further profiles of animals can be found in the Encyclopaedia.
Interesting facts about the budgerigar
- The budgie originally comes from Australia. It was not until the middle of the 19th century that the first budgerigars were brought by ship to Europe.
- The green-yellowish color represents the natural coloring. Blue budgerigars have emerged later in the breeding process.
- In captivity budgerigars should never be kept alone because they have a natural social behavior.
- Budgerigars are - contrary to the common assumption - unable to change gender.
- Part of the daily water requirement can be obtained from budgerigars from the food.
- Budgerigars belong to the parrot family. Like macaws, budgerigars can also mimic human sounds. In terms of intelligence, budgerigars are clearly inferior to macaws.
- Only when sufficient food supply budgerigars begin the mating.
- The plumage of males and females does not differ in color. Nevertheless, both sexes can be reliably distinguished by the color of their waxy skin (skin over the beak). In the males this is blue, while the females are pink.
- Budgerigars do not build nests but prefer tree hollows.
- The diet of a budgerigar consists in the wild almost exclusively of seeds and grains.
- A budgerigar heart beats at a frequency of 300 to 400 beats per minute. Many budgies die from heart attacks, so it is strongly recommended that budgerigars are not exposed to excessive stress.