Evelyn Yvonne Theriault

Expedition Into Central Australia, 1845

In History of budgies | Natural on November 27, 2011 at 7:07 pm

92. Melopsittacus Undulatus.— Warbling Grass Parroquet.

Called “Bidgerigung” by the natives. This beautiful little Euphema visits South Australia about the end of August or the beginning of September, and remains until some time after the breeding season. It is perhaps the most numerous of the summer birds. I remember, in 1838, being at the head of St. Vincent’s Gulf, early in September, and seeing flights of these birds, and . . . . . following each other in numbers of from 50 to 100 along the coast line, like starlings following a line of coast. They came directly from the north, and all kept the same straight line, or in each other’s wake. Both birds subsequently disperse over the province. The plumage of this bird is a bright yellow, scalloped black, and three or four beautiful deep blue spots over each side the cheek.

Source: Narrative of an expedition into central Australia,

performed under the authority of Her Majesty’s Government, during the years 1844, 5, and 6

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