By Linda S. Rubin
The shell parakeet (Melopsittacus undulatus) named for the “shell-like,” wavy undulations on its wings is better known in America as the pet parakeet, Australian budgerigar or budgie. As one of the most popular, colorful and easy breeders of the entire parrot family, its whimsical personality has endeared it to the hearts of millions with its natural charm, cheerful chatter and kaleidoscopic tints, tones and pigments.
**For the full article, pick up the August 2010 issue of BIRD TALK**
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