Budgerigars are small green and yellow parrots, with black barring above, and a small patch of blue on the cheek. The eye is white or yellow. The male has a dark blue cere (skin at the base of the bill around the nostrils). The female has light blue cere that turns brown when breeding. Young Budgerigars are similar to adults, but are duller and have a dark brown eye.
Found in most open habitat types across Australia where there is access to water. Sometimes seen in large flocks of thousands, but usually seen in smaller groups up to a few hundred.
Feeds mainly on ground on seeds of native plants and grasses.
Nests in a hollow of tree. Lays 6-8 rounded white eggs.
throughout much of the interior of mainland Australia - not found in far south-west, the north of the Northern Territory, Tasmania and most of the east coast.
Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License
Since its introduction into captivity, the Budgerigar has been bred in a variety of colours including white, blue, yellow, mauve, olive and grey.