Posted Apr 25, 2014
My first bird was a parakeet. I was only about 11 at the time and I played with him mercilessly. He was easy to teach and fun. He taught me a lot about bird-keeping (both good and bad.)
In general, parakeets are very hardy and easy to keep. I do find that sometimes, the super popular birds are over-bred (especially the English Budgie) and can become genetically weakened... reducing their overall hardiness. Saying that, they can tolerate the abuse of an over-ambitious child better than most!
Don't buy one if your main ambition is to teach them how to talk, but if you want a cheerful and colorful companion, you can't go wrong with a parakeet.