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The budgerigar is one of the most popular pets in the world. It is affectionate, small, and inexpensive, making it a good choice for first-time bird owners. It is capable of mimicking human speech, although if kept in pairs, it will tend to use bird-chatter.

Name Budgerigar, Melopsittacus undulatus, or “budgie”
Origin Australia
Size 7" (18cm)
Color Green with yellow head and black and yellow wings in the wild.
Lifespan About 10 years
Personality Inquisitive, playful, chatty, can mimic human speech.
Diet An all-seed diet should be avoided, as it contains too much fat for small birds and often leads to health issues. Instead, sprouted seeds, grains, legumes, and peas provide your bird with neccessary nutrients. Dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach and parsley, and orange vegetables such as sweet potatoes and carrots, are also ideal.
Supplies Needed Budgerigars need a cage with bars appropriately sized for them, cuttlebone, and perches about a half inch in diameter. They should also have toys, and fresh water available at all times.