LOFILE Budgerigar

The budgerigar, with its compact, streamlined body and long, tapering wings, is a fast flier that travels long distances in search of food.

vital statistics

I Length

7"

Color variations

Color variations

Budgie Color Variations

Breeding Several broods t Interval a year

L Typical > Diet

Lifespan

The only visible difference between the sexes is the color of the cere (fleshy nostril area at the base of the bill), which is blue in males (shown) and brown in females.

^ Wingspan 8"

Sexual 3 months Maturity

Breeding Throughout [ Season the year; varies with location f Number 4-6 of Eggs li Incubation 18 days F Period

Fledging About 35 days

Period

Breeding Several broods t Interval a year

L Typical > Diet

Lifespan

Grass seeds

7-8 years in the wild; up to 20 in captivity

The only visible difference between the sexes is the color of the cere (fleshy nostril area at the base of the bill), which is blue in males (shown) and brown in females.

Each foot has two toes pointing forward and two pointing backward.The feet are covered with tiny scales so the bird can cling to grass stems while feeding.

CREATURE COMPARISONS

Twice the length of the budgerigar and four times its weight, the striking crimson rosella (Platycerus elegans) is found in the east and southeast of Australia.The crimson rosella inhabits coastal forests and enjoys a more varied diet than its relative. It lives among eucalyptus and acacia trees and feeds on fruit, blossoms, insects and grass seeds.

Like the budgerigar; it doesn't shy away from human settlement and may be seen in the outer suburbs of towns and cities. But the crimson rosella doesn't fly in large flocks or lead as nomadic a life as the budgerigar Adult birds prefer to stay in the same area throughout the year; in small groups or in pairs.

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• The budgerigar is the only member of its genus and belongs to the parrot family, Psittacidae. Of the 330 parrot species, 50 are found in Australia, including the Australian king parrot (below). An inhabitant of forest canopy, this colorful bird

CREATURE COMPARISONS

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