Acquired: Pet store
Posted May 11, 2014
After having asked for a while, my parents finally let me get a bird as a pet. Even though we had a dog at the time, it didn't matter. The bird was upstairs and the dog was downstairs, so they never actually met.
My bird was a beautiful lutino (more or less the same as albino, except it is yellow and not white, but still has the characteristic red eyes). He was incredibly sociable and loved spending time near me whenever he was let out of his cage, which was most of the time when I was home anyways. At times, he would prefer staying in his cage even though the door to his cage was open, but whenever I started eating something, he would come flying to me to have a bite of whatever I was eating.
My bird, Arthur, was especially fond of taking a bath in a shallow bowl, and could spend hours in total during a hot day, either just sitting in the water or splashing it around. He loved sitting on my head and clean my hair with his beak. There were few people who played with him except me, mostly because most people I know are afraid of birds, but also because he would prefer to sit on my finger or head, or simply fly back into his cage (which was originally meant for cockatiels, but I found that the cages I could buy for budgies were too small for my bird.)
Most of all, my bird loved to sit near me, not doing much except singing. He never learned how to mimic anything, even though I gave it a shot, but as we made no progress over a month's time, I gave up. I never was, or am now, an expert on training birds to mimic, so I guess that it was either my impatience or ineptitude that was why my bird never learned to mimic.
I had to give my bird away when I left for university as my mum could not take care of him for me, and I left Norway and moved to England. As I gave him to some neighbours down the street, I still get an update every once in a while when I'm back home, and he is still healthy, at the age of seven.
I would recommend getting an Australian Budgerigar to anyone who wants to get a bird, but feel that a parrot or cockatiel would be too big. But they must keep in mind that budgies are extremely social birds and need a lot of attention and care. And not to mention: you must expect quite a lot of bird faeces, but don't fret! It is easily washed off of most floors, surfaces and fabric with a damp cloth.