The Perth Mint has launched its 2013 Budgerigar 1/2 ounce Silver Proof Coin, the second issue in a new series featuring Birds of Australia. The 2013 Budgerigar is the second release in the Birds of Australia coin series from The Perth Mint, the first being the Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, also available on this website. This 99.9% pure silver proof coin portrays a Budgerigar from the side in striking green and yellow colors with its long tail feathers extended.”Well-known around the world as an intelligent companion, the charming Budgerigar was a natural choice for our stunning Birds of Australia coin program” noted Ron Currie of the Perth Mint. Budgerigars, also known as”Budgees” are small well known parakeets. People like them as pets as they are generally playful, inexpensive and can mimic human speech.