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The full title of the book is:

"Zoology and botany of New Holland and the isles adjacent / the zoological part by George Shaw; the botanical part by James Edward Smith (1794)".

According to the preface Shaw completed his part in 1793 and it was published as a book together with the work of Smith as a book in 1974.

What is often given as first publication is Shaw's article in "Naturalist's Miscellanious" from 1805, but that was a very scanty description. See below on this page.

This description is taken from George Shaw, in his book "Zoology of New Holland" van 1794.

(See also the column left, at the bottom).

Seen all the details given in this description our group uses this as guiding principle to realize our goal: bringing back the Budgerigar in its original form.

We have to note however that nature is not always so consequent and there may be fully acceptable small deviations. As an example the black spots on the throat, which are not always neatly round. See photos.

The mature Budgerigar.

General colour above greenish-yellow, with, except on the upper wing-coverts, black transverse bars becoming broader on the scapulars. Those bars on the upper wing-coverts are dark brown and more crescent-shaped in form.

The forehead and crown of head are straw-yellow, the sides of face and ear-coverts are yellow, with narrow transverse black bars.
The iris of the eye is pale yellow, ring round the eye is blue.

The lores, fore-part of cheeks, chin, and throat, are rich yellow; on the lower cheeks is an oblique patch of ultramarine blue confluent spots. These spots appear violet in some lights. Encircling the throat are six rounded black spots, three on each side, of which the uppermost are partly obscured by the violet cheek-patches. The violet patches and black spots of the female are mostly smaller than those of the male.

The male birds have a blue cere of the bill, becoming duller in colour during the non-breeding season. The cere of the female is brown is the breeding season, greyish-brown sometimes even bluish outside the season. The bill is greyish-yellow with a bluish shade at the base,

The outer webs of quills are greenish-blue, dark brown on the inner, with a whitish band through the middle of the inner webs of the primaries. The outer webs of the secondaries are crossed near their base by a pale green band, the inner webs with a broader yellow band.

The lower back, the rump, and the inner tail-coverts are grass-green, the latter tinged with blue. The remainder of the under surface, the under wing-coverts and the under tail-coverts, are rich grass-green.

The central pair of tail-feathers is dark blue with a greenish-blue tinge on the outer margins, the reminder greenish-blue crossed with an oblique yellow band.

The legs and feet are fleshy-grey.

The total length in the flesh is 19 centimetre, the wing 10 cm., the tail 11.5, the bill 1.27, the tarsus 1.27 cm..
In inches: 7.5 / 4 / 4.5 / 0.5 / 0.5.

A true bush budgie rarely weighs over 30 grams.


General colour above and below much duller than the plumage of the adult, with faint transverse undulations on the forehead, crow of the head, and sides of the breast. The cere of the bill, in both sexes, is pale greyish-blue.


Ring measure

The recommended ring measure for our Budgies is 4 mm.


Below the description given by Shaw in the Naturalist's Miscellanious (vol. xvi) 1 Oct., 1805.



Bill hooked : upper mandible moveable.
Nostrils round, placed in the base of the bill.
Tongue fleshy, broad, blunt at the end.
Legs short : feet scansorial.


Long-tailed green parakeet, undulated above with brown; the throat yellowish, with blue spots, and the tail-feathers yellow at the base.

The highly elegant species of Parrakeet represented on the present plate in its natural size, is an inhabitant of New Holland, and seems to have been hitherto undescribed. The upper parts of the bird, from the bill to the rump, are of a pale yellowish green, beautifully crossed by numerous linear brown undulations, which become gradually larger as they approach the back and shoulders : the wing-feathers are brown, with pale olive-yellow edges : the under parts of the bird, together with the rump, are of an elegant pale green : the throat pale yellow, mottled on each side with a few small deep blue scattered spots, accompanied by small black crescents : the tail is of a cuneated form, and of a deep-blue color, with a bright yellow bar running obliquely across all the feathers except the two middle ones, which considerably exceed the rest in length : the bill and legs are brown.