New Free-Flight, Interactive Budgie Exhibit to Debut Memorial Day Weekend at Franklin Park Zoo

May 11, 2010 at 2:02 pm Leave a comment

Photo Credit: Tampa’s Lowry Zoo

John Linehan, President and CEO of Zoo New England,  announced the May 29 opening of Aussie Aviary, a new free-flight budgerigar (budgies) exhibit at Boston’s Franklin Park Zoo.

Franklin Park Zoo’s new budgie exhibit will provide a memorable, interactive experience for zoo guests, who will be able to stroll through the exhibit space among hundreds of brightly-colored budgies. Budgerigars, affectionately called budgies, are also known as grass parakeets and are a variety of small slender parrots with long, tapering tails. As part of the experience, guests will have the opportunity to purchase seed sticks and feed the birds as they walk through the free-flight exhibit.

Budgies are mostly ground-dwelling birds native to central Australia and, because of their popularity within the pet trade, can be found in nearly every country.  In the wild, these birds are greenish in color and have black and yellow markings but, because of their popularity as home pets, they have been bred for color variations beyond those traditionally seen in the wild. The new budgie exhibit, located in the zoo’s Outback Trail, measures about 30 feet wide by 50 feet long and approximately 25 feet tall.

The exhibit, which was previously scheduled to debut last summer, was delayed due to the on-site filming of the Hollywood movie, Zookeeper.

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