I am an amateur naturalist trying to identify all the life in my garden.
No, it's not a spoof (!) a white budgerigar really has turned up on the bird-feeders in my garden. I have no idea where it came from. Since the rules of my project state that I'll blog all the life in my garden however, it's only fair that it gets a posting.
My feathered friend has been hanging around my and my neighbour's garden for about a week now. As you can see he is remarkably tame and I was able to approach within a few feet to take the photo, left (click to enlarge).
From Wikipedia's article I learn that budgerigar's are small parrots of the genus Melopsittacus indigenous to Australia. The word itself is thought to derive from the Aboriginal budgerigar meaning good eating (!)...don't worry, I didn't!
On the basis of my budgie having a blue cere (the 'faceplate' containing the nostrils), I understand he's a male (the ceres of females being white or pale brown).
I'd like to think he will, but frankly I don't give my budgie much chance of surviving the British winter in the wild. If you're from the Oxfordshire area therefore and are missing a white budgie, do please leave a comment!