Acquired: Pet store
Posted Apr 09, 2015
In my childhood, I had an adorable little green parakeet named Chirpy.
He was very low maintenance and never aggressive. His cage was easy to clean, and never excessively messy.
Chirpy would chomp on your finger if he was in a bad mood, but other times he would gladly hop up onto your finger and hang out with you.
His wings were clipped in the store where we purchased him, but not after, so he spent most of his time in his cage, as we didn't want him to fly up and get into a precarious situation.
He was generally quiet, though he did have some moments of intense dramatic singing. It was quite heart-warming, really! He didn't mimic much, but would occasionally say "pretty bird," which of course was very adorable. He would also whistle at you when you walked past his cage!
Like most birds, at bed time, we just put a towel over his cage and it was instantly bed time.
Unfortunately when Chirpy was around 5 years old, he must have gotten constipated and he bloated up very badly. Sadly, we found that he had passed away some time in the night.
Parakeets are great, low maintenance birds that an older child can easily handle with some parental assistance. They aren't excessively loud and boisterous, and they definitely aren't a household nuisance. I'd love to have another of these birds if it ever comes up!