The monotypic Melopsittacus genus includes the very popular Budgerigar.
The Budgerigar is one of the most common pet birds; for many this is the first pet bird and it is very suitable for beginners as it is easy to tame and do not require much space. They should however be taken out of the cage as often as possible, as they are very social birds and bonds strongly with the owner.
The Budgerigar are very talkative but not noisy like some of the larger parrot species and is a suitable pet parrot if you live in an apartment. They can learn to mimic simple words and sentences, although they are not as skilled with the pronunciation as some of the larger parrot species.
They are very funny and love to play - make sure to provide plenty of bird safe toys.
Species & Subspecies
- Melopsittacus undulatus (Shaw, 1805) - Budgerigar