Budgerigar (Budgie)

ZOO LOCATION: Australia Walkabout

Lifespan: About 8-10 years

Wild Diet: Ripe and unripe seeds from shrub and grasses

Zoo Diet: Canary seed, pellets, fruits and vegetables

Predators: Snakes will forage into the nest and gobble up newborn birds, as will the butcher bird. The hawk and falcon catch budgies in mid-flight with their sharp talons


IUCN Status: Least Concern

Habitat/Range: Budgerigars are nomadic birds found in open habitats, primarily in Australian scrubland, open woodland and grassland.

Characteristics: They have green under parts and rumps, while the upperparts are barred with black and yellow. The forehead and face is yellow in adults, and barred black with yellow in young till they change into their adult plumage at 3-4 months of age. Each cheek has a small dark purple patch and a series of black spots across the throat. The tail is greenish blue or purple; outside tail feathers have a central yellow band. Their wings have greenish-black flight feathers and black coverts with yellow fringes

Behavior: They are quite busy and animated and enjoy the company of other budgies. Males are often more outgoing and social.

Reproduction: They nest in naturally occurring hollows in trees and clutch size ranges from 2-7 eggs. Budgies become sexually mature at 3 or 4 months of age but the ideal budgie breeding age is 12 months

Conservation: Their populations are stable and common. Also are commonly kept as pets.