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[buhj-uh-ree-gahr, -er-i-] /ˈbʌdʒ ə riˌgɑr, -ər ɪ-/
an Australian parakeet, Melopsittacus undulatus, having greenish plumage with black and yellow markings, bred as a pet in a variety of colors.
Also, budgereegah, budgerygah
[buhj-uh-ree-gah] /ˈbʌdʒ ə riˌgɑ/ (Show IPA)
Also called shell parakeet.
Origin of budgerigar
1840-50; perhaps misrepresentation of Kamilaroi or Yuwaalaraay (Austral Aboriginal language of N New South Wales) gijirrigā (perhaps gijirr yellow or small + head) Unabridged
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  • Wet eucalyptus leaves excite and invigorate both the wild and aviary budgerigar.
British Dictionary definitions for budgerigar


a small green Australian parrot, Melopsittacus undulatus: a popular cagebird that is bred in many different coloured varieties Often (informal) shortened to budgie
Word Origin
C19: from a native Australian language
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Word Origin and History for budgerigar

1847, from Native Australian, said to mean "good cockatoo," from budgeri "good" + gar "cockatoo."

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