Posted Apr 24, 2015
If you are looking to branch out from traditional pets, such as cats and dogs, you should consider a budgie. They're beautiful, social, easy to train, there is a wide variety of food available commonly, and it can create a closer bond with their owner than most people expect from a bird. My family adopted Henry after a friend could no longer house him, and we quickly trained him to be comfortable free flying in our home (potty training included ;)). While this may not be for everyone, it definitely led to him being a much happier bird. The down side of this is finding your comfort level during the training process. If you don't want your pet to sit on the table at dinner, immediately dash for the doors, or land in your hair, you need to specialize its training more so than with land animals. Keeping these beauties in a cage full time doesn't take advantage of their potential, so I highly recommend only buying a budgie if you don't mind an invasive pet that will land on you unexpectedly, hangout with you often, and sit on the furniture.
Pros: beautiful, social, loving, easy to train, easy to clean up after, small
Cons: noisy, free-spirited (doesn't always come when you call or want to cuddle when you do)