Acquired: Pet store
Posted Apr 21, 2014
I had a parakeet for about 2 years as a child. It was really pretty (beautiful greens and blues) and was very friendly if you were letting it sit on your finger or giving it treats. It didn't really sing, just sort of tweeted a bit, especially if we were in the room or if it wanted attention.
However, it was kind of boring. I was a really active child and the bird couldn't really do anything with me. I couldn't take it outside, it didn't really play very well. It didn't really do tricks either. For a less outdoorsy kid, a bird might be a good fit, but I was too active to really appreciate it.