Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A parakeet (Melopsittacus undulatus) native to Australia and having green, yellow, or blue plumage. It is a popular cage bird bred in a variety of colors not found in wild populations. Also called shell parakeet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small species of parakeet native to Australia and often kept as pets, Melopsittacus undulatus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. small Australian parakeet (Melopsittacus undulatus) usually light green with black and yellow markings in the wild but bred in many colors.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An Australian name of the grass-parrakeet, Melopsittacus undulatus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. small Australian parakeet usually light green with black and yellow markings in the wild but bred in many colors

Etymologies

Probably alteration of Kamilaroi (Aboriginal language of southeast Australia) gijirrigaa.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Gamilaraay gijirrigaa. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Peter and Vicky have about 30 birds; quail, Eastern Rosella, Cockatoos, parakeets (called budgerigar) here) red browed finches and the brightest-colored canary I've ever seen.

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  • In the living room of his London home, film-maker Jamie Thraves is attempting to return to its cage a china-blue budgerigar named Sparky, which has taken up residence on the frame of a mirror.

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  • Given the way things have gone so far during this awards season I think it's a fair bet to say that everybody and their pet budgerigar will be ticking the box next to Mo'Nique's grammatically-bonkers name.

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  • Ophelia remembered her father telling her a tale he had invented when she was very young about a tiny pink pill that miniaturized the swallower to such an extent that he or she was able to fly on the back of a budgerigar.9 According to Tom Maschler, Roald first started talking to him about The Minpins in the early 1980s, but had then put it aside.

    Storyteller

  • A study conducted at the University of California, Irvine, found that a female budgerigar prefers to mate with a male that sounds like her.

    November 13th, 2006

  • Yep--go check out the comment section of the budgerigar entry.

    aggregation

  • When I was young and living at home, we had a budgerigar that lived in a cage that hung on a wrought iron stand.

    At My Table

  • Well, I know pelicans and swans but I wouldn't know a grebe from a budgerigar.

    What I cooked last night.

  • Pepperberg, who grew up with common budgerigar parakeets as company, began her work after seeing early episodes of Nova that showed language work performed with other types of animals.

    Parrot Proves It's No Birdbrain

  • Katie had ceased petting the blue budgerigar, and she watched the bird as he slowly regained his senses.

    A Traitor to Memory

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  • A small Australian parrot, the grass or zebra parakeet, Melopsittacus undulatus, a popular cage-bird in Britain and elsewhere. See also budgie.

    Usage: 1968 K. WEATHERLY Roo Shooter 118 "Budgerigars came in thousands, wheeling in aerial manoeuvres of unbelievable intricacy."

    I wonder if someone could make a list of words that rhyme with budgerigar...

    February 7, 2007