Due to the Caribbean Festival Parade on Saturday, August 27, vehicular access and parking will be greatly affected around Franklin Park Zoo. Beginning at approximately 9:00 a.m., Peabody Circle will be closed to vehicular traffic, and vehicular access to Franklin Park Zoo will only be available from the Shea Rotary on Morton Street. Parking for Zoo guests will only be available at the Giraffe entrance accessed via Pierpont Road.

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Budgerigar

Melopsittacus undulatus

About the Budgerigar

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Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittacidae
Genus: Melopsittacus
Species:undulatus

The “budgie" as it is affectionately known, is a small, long-tailed parrot. The bird is naturally green and yellow, although breeders have created a rainbow of blues, whites, yellows and grays. The male budgie has a blue cere (skin area above the beak) and the female’s is brown. The budgie is a nomadic, social creature that lives in flocks of up to 20 birds.

Budgerigar Facts

Appearance:
“Budgies” are small, long-tailed parrots. They're naturally green, yellow and black. Breeders have created a rainbow of blues, whites, yellows and grays. The male budgerigar has a blue nose while the female budgie's nose is brown in color.

Size:
Length: 6-8 inches
Wingspan: 10-14 inches
Weight: 1-1.5 ounces

Diet:
They're omnivores, eating seeds, fruit, berries, and insects.

Reproduction:
Budgies breed during the wet season of their region. In northern Australia, this is between June and September. In southern Australia, it's between August and January. Budgerigars lay four to six eggs that incubate for 17-19 days. The male helps take care of the young for about 30 days after they hatch.

Behavior:
Budgies are nomadic and move to find food and shelter in their dry habitats. They live in flocks that vary in size depending on the local availability of food. They use their beaks, tongue and feet to line up their food. They see into the ultraviolet spectrum of light and this enhances their bright coloration.

Habitat/Range:
Budgerigars live in the arid regions of Australia.

Median Life Expectancy:
5-8 years