Acquired: Pet store
Posted Jun 23, 2015
As a child I used to pine for a parrot. My mum said no but had to give in to my demand for what is essentially a “mini” version: the budgerigar. All my friends at school owned a budgie, so I simply had to find out what all the fuss was about. With hindsight I would probably say that buying just one bird wasn't such a good idea, but I was a child at the time and convinced that playing with me was all that the funny little bird needed. And budgies really are a lot of fun, especially for children.
Budgerigars originate in Australia and are well adapted to harsh climates but have become popular pets that can be found all over the world. I found my blue budgie in a pet store and it was love at first sight. What I wasn't aware of at the time – and really didn't go down too well with my parents – was the fact that my budgie was a tireless singer who would sometimes sing at night, in the dark! (Covering up his cage to block out the light had no effect.) I'm convinced it was his revenge for having been locked up in a small cage. Flying free is what this little bird loved most.