Original Budgie Habitat in Australia

User Question
I am doing some reasearch with my daughter about the habitat of wild Parakeets in Austraila (we have to make a model). Thank you for your time.

Lisa's Answer
In my budgie history page, I explain that Australia's dry grasslands have been home to the Melopsittacus undulatus for thousands of years. The Native Aborigines would watch huge flocks of these green songbirds rise over the plains, observing as the birds stayed near groves of eucalyptus trees and built their nests in the holes of the trees. The black, wavy lines on the back of a parakeet, over the green feathers, helped keep it hidden in the green grasslands of its native Australia.

So to do a diorama, all you'd need to do is look up in National Geographic or some other travel magazine and get some photos of eucalyptus trees and the Australian grassland. It's a pretty straightforward landscape - long meadows of grass, few clumps of trees. Maybe throw in a small pond so they have somewhere to drink from and bathe in, and maybe a few berry bushes because parakeets love eating berries. That should do it!

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