AbstractBudgerigars range and breed over most of the interior of Australia. During a year, budgerigars may experience a maximal change in day length of about 5 h, and temperatures range from well below to above their zone of thermo‐neutrality. In the north of the budgerigar's range there is growth of pastures in summer and autumn and in the south there is growth in spring and early summer. In the arid interior, growth is irregular from year‐to‐year and varies from site‐to‐site. However, in northern arid regions growth tends to occur in summer and autumn; in southern arid regions in spring and early summer; and over most of the arid regions in most years there is some growth in run‐on areas.In inland mid‐eastern Australia budgerigars ate only seeds of ground vegetation. These seeds were from about 0.5 to 2.5 mm in length, weighed between about 0.3 and 1.3 mg and had an energy content of about 18.9 kJ g‐1. Ata site on Mitchell grass plains Astrebla spp. were the main seeds eaten. At a site further inland the diet was more diverse: in the hot months of 1973–74 they ate mainly Boerhavia diffusa, Atriplex spp. and Astrebla pectinata, during the cold months of 1974 mainly Iseilema and an unidentified seed, and in spring 1974 mainly Atriplex spp. There was no evidence of special dietary requirements for breeding; in particular no requirements of soft, unripened seed or insect food to feed young. Males and females, adults and juveniles, and individuals in the same flock had similar diets.Information from the literature and my data suggest there is considerable stability and seasonal regularity in the budgerigar's food supply.

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