Acquired: Pet store
Posted Mar 17, 2014
I've had two kinds of feathered pets: Budgeridgar and canaries. These small parrots, however, were the most interesting between the two.
First, get a couple. I had a male and a female, and they would constantly play with each other, or even quarrel sometimes. They are quite happy to be together, but make sure you provide them with a large enough space so they can avoid each other when they want to spend time apart, and have water and food in more than one places. If one of them becomes competitive, the other one might starve to death, and I believe that you wouldn't want that.
Food is cheap, and abundant in all (to my experience) pet shops. Make sure you also provide them with some fresh vegetable at times such as lettuce, since they seem to really enjoy it. Do not neglect making their enclosure complex enough, with extra supports, or even a mirror! These little parrots are highly social and very smart, and will be much more active if they find their surroundings interesting!
Cleaning most cages is very easy, and make sure you do it regularly, because the amoniac fumes from their excrements can be toxic for them. If you keep them outdoors, use a suspended stand for bird cages, so that other animals cannot reach them! I actually lost one of my birds to a stray cat.
Spend some time with them, and you will notice that they can be hand-fed, which is always very rewarding with small animals. Last, my parrots were able to mimic a few sounds from they environment, primarily other birds' simple songs, such as sparrow calls, and were also trying to sound like the motorbikes passing by!
So, to conclude:
1. Hard to handle - it would require clipping of their wings
2. Not much to do with them, rather than watching and listening, but this can be more than enouh!
2. Easy to maintain
3. Visually beautiful animals
4. Funny sounding
5. Sometimes they perform insane stunts moving around in the cage
6. Social - they will let you hand-feed them if you try, and they will interact with you