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Native to Australia, the iconic green and yellow Budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus) are seen in small groups and under certain climatic conditions, are a sight to behold, seeing them in flocks that can be up to hundreds and thousands.

Budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus) in flight
Budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus) in flight, Kunoth Bore, NT

A small parrot, they are usually green and yellow, with a beautiful scalloped pattern on the upperparts of their body and fine barring on the head.

Their heads also have iridescent blue-violet cheek patches, with a series of three black spots on each side of the throat (called throat patches). Their tail is a beautiful dark cobalt blue, with outside tail feathers displaying central yellow flashes.


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