Blue Budgie

Category: Birds

The budgerigar, or Budgie, is one of the most popular birds among those who wish to have a pet bird. This bird is most commonly known as the common pet parakeet or yellow parakeet. However, while Budgies are parakeets, not all parakeets are Budgies.

Blue Budgie

Blue Budgie

Scientific & Common Names

Kingdom - Animalia

Phylum - Chordata

Class - Aves

Order - Psittaciformes

Family - Psittaculidae

Subfamily - Loriinae

Genus: Melopsittacus

Species - M. undulatus

Common names: Budgerigar, Budgie, Common Pet Parakeet, Shell Parakeet, Parakeet

Characteristics

The Blue Budgie is approximately seven inches tall and weighs a little under 25 grams. This bird has a wingspan of approximately 10 to 14 inches. The Blue Budgie is a mutation of the original green or yellow budgie. This bird is one of the most popular house pets, but can only be found in the wild in Australia. The Blue Budgie has a high-pitched, beautiful voice and is most loved for its small size and melodious song.

Breeding

This bird is monogamous and typically mates with one partner for life. The Budgie typically lays one to six eggs at a time, and these eggs take approximately 18 to 21 days to hatch. Since the Budgie lays her eggs at staggered times, usually one per day, the hatchlings will typically hatch at staggered times as well. The Budgie started out in the wild in shades of yellow and green, and breeding mutations have produced many colors, including blue as you see in the Blue Budgie.

Behavior

Budgies are very smart and are easy to train. This bird is also very active and loves to interact with people and other birds.

History

The Budgie is believed to pre-date the human species. This species of bird is native to Australia, and it is believed that the first humans to have contact with this bird were Australian Aborigines. This bird was brought to Europe for the first time in 1840, and began being bred in captivity around 1850. Color variations, including blue, were not recorded until around 1870.

Present Status

The popularity of the Blue Budgie is constantly growing, and this is one of the most popular birds for people to choose as pets. Blue Budgies can be found at most pet stores or bird stores, or you can contact a reputable breeder. For those looking for a loving, low-maintenance bird for a household pet, the Blue Budgie is a wise choice.