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Melopsittacus undulatus

Budgerigars at Paignton Zoo
IUCN Conservation Status –
Least Concern
Extinct In The Wild
Class: Birds
Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittaculidae

Our large group of budgerigars enjoy free flying in the Arid Lands exhibit.

The budgie is native in the wild to the drier parts Australia, but is also now a nomadic species.

They eat seeds from grass and crops.

Interesting facts!

  • Budgies are highly social birds, flocking in large groups. Males have a blue cere (top of the beak), while the females have a brown cere.
  • They can mimic human speech!
  • This bird can breed anytime and more than once a year. The male will nudge female, bob his head and offer food. 4 to 8 eggs will hatch after 3 weeks and chicks will fledge after 4 to 5 weeks.


There are currently no major threats to budgerigars as they are a very common species.