Acquired: Pet store
Posted Nov 09, 2014
Peeper was my very first pet. His name was actually supposed to be "Peter," but since I was four years old my mom thought I said, "Peeper," and the name stuck. He was a gorgeous turquoise blue budgie, and uncommonly gentle. He was extremely tame, and he used to fall asleep tucked into my shirt collar while I read to him. (Yes, I read early and all the time.)
The only bad thing about Peeper was that my parents were new to small bird-keeping, and didn't have his wings clipped. I'd only had him for a few months when he flew into a window in the house and died a day or two later, likely from a brain hemorrhage. So, budgies are wonderful birds, but they are also delicate, and should have their wings clipped like any other bird who is not flight-trained. I have a special place in my heart for Peeper, who was the most gentle bird I ever knew. I would also not recommend them for very young children, as to keep budgies very tame they need a lot of handling. They are very easy to take care of, not needing a huge cage or a lot of extra kinds of food as parrots can do.