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A small gregarious Australian parakeet that in the wild is green with a yellow head. It is popular as a pet bird and has been bred in a variety of colors.→ budgie
- ‘Why has my budgerigar started plucking out its feathers, and how can I stop it?’
- ‘Also in residence are peacocks, budgerigars, chickens, iguanas, pigs, sheep, goats, a boa constrictor and a tarantula that was brought to the home by a businessman in a helicopter.’
- ‘The probability that a pneumonic illness in a budgerigar owner is due to psittacosis increases when the patient says that a pet bird has recently died.’
- ‘In the wild, said Arnold, budgerigars perform courtship displays in the early morning, when sunlight contains the highest proportion of UV light - the time when their feathers would glow the most brightly.’
- ‘The show should only consist of budgerigars, canaries, zebra finches, Bengalese finches, pigeons and captive bred British birds.’
- ‘When a clutch of four budgerigar chicks hatched out one sunny September day in 1999, it was a happy occasion for their breeder.’
- ‘However South came out blazing in the third quarter and made the Eagles feel a little like budgerigars.’
- ‘The decision came after one breeder in Middlesbrough lost his entire collection of more than 200 budgerigars, stock he had built up over many years.’
- ‘As the Core Team would rather see birds in the wild than in cages, I'm not going to discuss the budgerigar's fitness as an animal companion.’
- ‘To determine whether fluorescent feathers were indeed more appealing, Arnold and her colleagues applied sunscreen lotion to the crown feathers of male and female budgerigars.’
- ‘The first step in ensuring that your budgerigars get sufficient exercise is to house them in an appropriately sized cage.’
- ‘Hundreds of fine feathered budgerigars flocked to the city to help celebrate a major milestone in the York and District Budgerigar Society's history.’
- ‘Forebrain nuclei similar in structure and location have also been found in the budgerigar (an Australian parakeet).’
- ‘Your budgerigars can also obtain exercise outside the cage while under your supervision - if they are hand-tamed to fly in a familiar, controlled room.’
- ‘The birds concerned include exotic tropical birds such as parrots, cockatoos, finches, budgerigars, hawks and falcons.’
- ‘Nine of the 11 patients with chronic BFL disease raised budgerigars, and the remaining 2 patients bred pigeons.’
- ‘Finches, canaries and budgerigars do not need as much attention from their people and so may be an option for those with busy life-styles.’
- ‘It's a little bit bigger than a budgerigar and about the same size as a lorikeet.’
- ‘Pupils at a primary school have a new classmate - a bright yellow budgerigar called Lucky.’
- ‘There was, though, a happy outcome for the budgerigar, who survived the proceedings and has now found a home in Cumbernauld.’
Mid 19th century: of Aboriginal origin, perhaps an alteration of Kamilaroi gijirrigaa (also in related languages).
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