Are Parakeets originally from Australia?

@saralee1 (1983)
United States
February 2, 2007 10:33pm CST
I have 3 budgies(parakeets) and was thinking the other day about their origin. I know I read it in a book about parakeets, but I can't remember ifthey said from Australia or Africa. Any ideas out there?
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• Australia
15 May 07
Budgies are native to Australia. The ones in the wild are a little different to domestic ones though as selective breeding has developed colours such as blue, white, purple. Wild ones are green bodied, blue tipped wings and have yellow tails. They are also a little larger and are able to survive in the harsh conditions of the Australian outback.
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@saralee1 (1983)
• United States
17 May 07
Sweet! thank you for that information, you look at your birds day in, and day out, and it really makes you wonder, you know? so thanks again!
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• United States
18 Aug 07
Oh, cool! We have a blue parakeet living in our yard, so when this discussion came up, I just had to come in and find out the answer!:)
• Australia
16 Jun 08
Budgies or Budgerigars as they are fully called, are native to Australia. They are a drought resistant bird that lives in open land bordering on forests. They are not the same colours as you will get from the pet shop or a breeder, but beautiful all the same. Budgies live in large family groups, and will often flock together around watering holes. They are not monogamous, meaning mating for life, and often, a male can have several females nesting at any one time. They are a favourite pet for me, and while I don't currently have any, I am hoping to get some in the near future so I can teach my children how to look after them. Oh, and so that they can provide a little bit more interest to my house. I reckon I'd be better off talking to them than my kids sometimes, as my girls tend to play deaf a lot or start with their backchat. yep, a budgie at least would not tell me to move out of the house.