On Friday I gave you this scrawny looking bird to identify:
The beak (and feet) gave away that it is a parrot (or psittaciform as the parrots are known to ornithologists and the taxonomically minded), which was immediately recognised by SmallCasserole shortly followed by Debi Linton. SmallCasserole suggested “parakeet” which I suppose could be accepted as a correct identification since they are called “parakeets” by Americans, but it took Jim to identify it more specifically – it is of course a budgerigar, Melopsittacus undulatus (Shaw, 1805). These small green and yellow parrots are indigenous to Australia, where they inhabit the dry interior of the continent. Having spent way too much time training these charismatic birds to fly in a wind tunnel in the past, I am glad to now be working with just the bones – after all, the bones don’t make as much noise, they don’t poo on you and (most importantly) they don’t bite.