Acquired: Pet store
Posted Jul 25, 2013
I've been co-caretaker of my mother-in-law's budgies, Sweetie and Gregory, for extended periods of time. I think some real thought does need to go into setup for bird care -- they do need you to really think about their habits, their lives and upkeep, and you definitely need space for their cages for them to really flourish! Sweetie and Gregory, as male and female examples, are both extremely vocal and active birds; my inlaws' house almost always has opera and classical music playing, and even more than trying to talk, the birds try their best to sing along and respond to the music. Sound and chatter and activity are important to these birds; they don't do well without company, even if the company is just background noise.
Compared to the other birds past and present in the household, the budgies are quite easygoing about people, but they need toys and stimulation, and are much happier with multiple birds than just one - Gregory had a pretty sad first few weeks before Sweetie's arrival to accompany him.
Be aware that budgies are a bit messy! Definitely not a pet to get without some preparation of the space for them. The 'children above eight' stricture is mostly a good caution that birds should be treated carefully; some younger children might be a bit rough for bird handling. Nonetheless, budgies are friendly birds.