Acquired: Pet store
Posted Jul 29, 2014
I am pleased to say I spent 20 years of my life with budgerigars. At about 40-50 grams, these tiny parrots are extremely social, high energy birds. Most of my seven total budgerigars loved to play with toys and preferred time out of their cage. Work at step-up and hand taming training about 24 hours after getting your bird and get the youngest bird you can -- the more lines on the forehead, the younger on immature birds.
Be aware that until your budgie knows you, s/he will bite. This is normal. Relax and enjoy the process. It is worth it.
Properly care for, budgies easily live over ten years -- and worth every minute! Extend the life of your bird with proper perches (never dowel perches), fresh fruit/veggies, lots of free flight time, and of course plenty of social interaction and toys.
Do that and you'll find budgies make the perfect first parrot. They are great for children over the age of six.