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    Default Re: Either the budgies or the cat has/have to go.

    All budgerigars are parakeets; but not all parakeets are budgies.
    Budgies are Melopsittacus undulatus, ie. one species.
    Parakeet - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Default Re: Either the budgies or the cat has/have to go.

    Thanks Raymott. I didn't know that but I knew they weren't the same thing to look at, if you see what I mean. In the mid to late 20th century, a budgie was kept as a pet by many (usually elderly) people. They were kept in quite small cages in the living room. My great-grandmother had two. Parakeets (what I consider to be parakeets) are bigger, bright green and not kept as pets in the same way. There are several flocks of wild parakeets living in parks in London
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    Default Re: Either the budgies or the cat has/have to go.

    It seems - from Parakeet - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - that what is known as a 'parakeet' in BE is a Grass Parakeet (in Wikipedia's terms), while a BE 'budgerigar' is a Budgerigar Parakeet (in the same terms). So everyone's right.

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    PS I blogged a while ago about another clash of names like this.

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    Default Re: Either the budgies or the cat has/have to go.

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    PS I blogged a while ago about another clash of names like this.
    I like the idea of the entrenched typo.

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