Real World Gardener Budgerigar in Wildlife in Focus

September 23rd, 2018

WILDLIFE IN FOCUS

Budgerigar Melopsittacus undulatus

If you’ve ever travelled overseas and visited Botanic gardens, often you’ll find that they have a section of what they call exotic plants and or wildlife.

Recently I saw such a place in Ukraine and was rather bemused see that they had quite a few Australian birds and reptiles.

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Some of these birds are so colourful that no wonder the local population think that they’re amazing and so exotic.

Let’s find out about one of them.

Budgies are closely related to Lorikeets and Figbirds and occur naturally throughout much of mainland Australia.

The places that you won't find them are from the far south-west, the north of the Northern Territory, Tasmania and the majority of the east coast.

Did you know that Budgies come in more than 100 colours, including blue, grey, white, yellow and multicolour. The majority, however, are green, which appears to be their ‘it’ colour, in the wild?

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Did you also know that Budgerigars are a boom or bust type of bird and with this current dry season, one can imagine that there would be quite a number of fatalities?

However, recent research from Curtin University have discovered the fact that, much like mammals, budgies (Melopsittacus undulatus) have the ability to regulate the water they lose through their skin.

Their suggestion is that they can cope well in hot dry conditions.

The question is “but for how long.”

 

If you have any questions about Budgies of the bird kind either for me or for Holly, why not email realworldgardener@gmail.com or write in to 2RRR P.O. Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675.

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