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The budgerigar ( Melopsittacus undulatus) is a seed-eating, a long-tailed parrot called the budgie, or parakeet in American English. Budgies are the only species of the genus Melopsittacus. Naturally, this species is green-yellow with black scalloped spots on the nape, back and wings. Budgies are bred in captivity with blue, white, yellow, grey and even small combs. Juveniles and chickens are monomorphic, while adults differ in color of cere and behavior.

The origin of the budgie’s name is unclear. First recorded in 1805, budgerigars are popular pets worldwide due to their small size, low cost, and ability to mimic human speech. They are the third most popular pets in the world after domestic dogs and cats. Budgies are nomadic flock parakeets that have been bred in captivity since the 19th century. Both in captivity and the wild, budgerigars breed opportunistically and in pairs.

It is found in the wild in Australia’s drier parts, where it survives for over five million years in harsh indoor environments. Its success can be attributed to its nomadic lifestyle and ability to reproduce offspring in motion. Budgerigar is closely related to lories and fig parrots.

The budgerigar coexisted with the indigenous Australians for 50-70 thousand years. Several possible sources for its name have been suggested. First, it could be a mispronunciation or a change in the word Gamilaraay gidjirrigaa (Aboriginal pronunciation: [ɡ ̊iɟiriɡaː]) or gijirragaa from Yuwaalaraay. The second is a variety of modification budgery or boojery (Australian slang for “good”) and gar (“cockatoo”). Alternate spellings include budgerygah and betcherrygah, the latter used by the Liverpool Plains’ indigenous people in New South Wales. Although many sources refer to “good” as part of the meaning and in some to “good bird,” it is possible that reports from locals in the region more accurately define the direct translation as “good food.” Reports that this could also be translated as “tasty treat”, meaning that the aborigines people ate them, which are likely to be apocryphal. The name is probably associated with the migratory nature of the species. Due to seasonal changes that leave the plains barren, the budgerigar will focus on the residual water, which still yields the seeds it has been looking for. By tracking birds, aborigines can locate water, as well as other wildlife or food plants, resulting in “good food.”

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