Lawnrest, New Jersey, United States
Posted Feb 03, 2009
Appearance--In general, I love the budgie because of the many handsome colors they may come in, including: shades of blue, shades of green, yellow, turquoise, gray, white, and splashes of those on a multi-colored bird.
Friendly w/ owner--1/4 budgies that I've had was actually friendly with me, and would cooperate with me. The other 3 were, say, antisocial, and only wanted to stay in their cage.
Friendly w/ family--Definitely not. One of the 3/4 that were unfriendly tore a chunk of skin out of my father's thumb. The 1/4 that was friendly was a one-person bird.
Trainability--Do not get this bird if you want it to perform tricks, persay.
Activity Level--All of my budgies are/were very hyper and excitable.
Song/vocal quality and frequency and mimicking--I loved to listen to all of my budgies when I was working--all of them had beautiful songs. For the most part, they sang non-stop when I was home. DO NOT get this bird if you want to train your bird to speak words--budgies are the worst choice. The occasional budgie can learn, but very few will learn.
Health/vigor/maintenace/care--Very healthy, but not hardy. Once one of them catches a cold, it will die pretty soon--you have to be good at reading the signs.
Cost to own--relatively cheap.