A ‘beautiful plague’: Australian outback town is invaded by swarm of colourful budgerigars

At first glance the dark haze above this field in Boulia, western Queensland, looks like a swarm of insects.

But a closer looks reveals they are actually hundreds of brightly-coloured budgerigars.

Image Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk

Image Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk

The mass of birds is a result of flooding earlier this year which has led to ideal breeding conditions and plentiful food supplies.

The Australian outback town where the phenomenon is taking place is attracting bird watchers who are eager to view what the residents are calling ‘a beautiful plague’.

The green and gold birds are around 18cm long and weigh between 30-40g.

Budgerigars are nomadic birds found in open habitats, primarily in Australian scrubland, open woodland and grassland. Drought can drive flocks into more wooded habitat or coastal areas.

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