Birds – The Budgerigar
By Michael Russell
The budgie (also called a parakeet) is a common household pet. They have many different color combinations, however, normal budgies have a bright green plumage on their chests, green wings and black lines covering their small yellow heads. Other color variations for budgies are yellow, blue, violet, albino and unique color mixes made by breeding different colored budgies with each other. However, budgies are the basic green and yellow when they are in the wild.
In the wild, budgies live in Australia around woodland or grass areas that are near a source of water. Budgies are quiet animals that only chirrup when they are alarmed in their environment. Budgies travel in large flocks in the wild, especially during the time right after a season of abundant rainfall; flocks at that time are around tens of thousands, but normal flocks can range from one to three hundred.