Posted May 17, 2014
For a short while, I shared my home with a budgie named Zoey. Zoey was an adult rescue from a friend who could not take her to a new home out of state. Not super smart but great at mimicking anything you cared to whistle at her, she was a wonderful addition to our home. She had been always kept in her cage when she lived with her previous owner, so it took some time to train her to ride around on my shoulder without her freaking out and biting me.
Zoey was very social, and would whistle to gain your attention if you were in the room. She loved it if you just talked with her while you were doing other things and would "talk" back with whistles. I've heard it said that they can talk, but Zoey never did; whistles and song were her only voice. With that being said, she could copy *any music* she heard. I'd leave the radio on when I left for work to keep her company, and I would come home to find that she could whistle or sing pieces of whatever she'd heard that day.
As with any caged pet, there was always the daily cage cleaning. Zoey's needs were pretty minimal, overall. Something to chew, something to play with, and a radio to keep her company and she was a happy bird.
I only had her a short time; I came home from work one afternoon to find her laying in the bottom of her cage, gone. No idea why; budgies can live nearly a decade in captivity and she was far younger than that. She was a good bird, though, and the reason I'd consider another one.