Acquired: Pet store
Posted Feb 09, 2014
Budgies make for a great family pet. We were given our budgie when he was just 8 weeks old, my grandfather thought we would be able to teach him lots of tricks as he seemed like a very intelligent bird, and he was! The key to teaching budgies to mimic you is to be very repetitive - we would talk to Percy every day repeating the same things we wanted him to repeat. He eventually said things like 'pretty boy', 'Percy poo', 'budgie' and he would whistle a number of different things. We had a pure white budgie but he didn't have red eyes like a lot of other birds do. We taught him to step up on our fingers, and also to sit on our shoulders. He would also fly to you if you clapped your hands twice and held your arms out for him to land on. We have had a few budgies over the years and this one was the most clever. You can't expect all birds to be the same and learn to the same level, but with persistence you can teach them quite easily.
Percy was an inside bird, his cage was in the living room, he would stay in his cage all day until the afternoon when everyone arrived home and we would let him out for a fly.
We only had Percy for 3 years, we're not sure exactly what he caught but he passed away one night (the Vet suspected he may have caught a chill which can happen suddenly with small birds). He was a very special bird and I would highly recommend owning a budgie.