Standley Chasm

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Budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus), whose genus Melopsittacus means “melodious parrot“. The species part of the name undulatus mean “undulated” or “wave-patterned.”

One of Australian’s iconic small birds, they can often be seen across inland Australia and under the right climatic conditions, they are seen in flocks of hundreds to thousands. Their colouration is green and yellow, with a scalloped pattern on the upperparts of their body and fine barring marks on the head.

Budgerigars at Standley Chasm

Images © Dorothy L

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  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittaculidae
  • Genus: Melopsittacus
  • Species: M. undulatus
  • Binomial name: Melopsittacus undulatus