Acquired: Pet store,
Rescue / shelter organization
Posted May 05, 2015
These birds are absolutely beautiful, and come in a vast selection of colors. They are ideal for first-time bird owners, but are best for people that are at home often to keep them well stimulated to prevent screeching. The best candidates would likely be someone self-employed from home, a retired senior, or a stay-at-home mother with mature kids to share in the responsibility.
They have a much less complicated and expensive diet than large parrots, relying mostly on seeds with some supplementation from fresh fruits and vegetables. Mine seemed to particularly enjoy munching on leafy greens.
They're a lot of personality packed in a tiny bird, with a variety of shrill, high-pitched chattering and calls that are usually pleasant but elevate to volumes that could be annoying to those sensitive to sound. Stimulation, and plenty of time outside of the cage with interaction and toys to play with are a great way to keep them quiet. Most of the other species I've kept do tend to feed off of excitement, but it seems especially noticeable with Budgies, so it's important that they should be kept in a quieter room and covered when it's time to settle down for the night.