Posted Jun 25, 2015
My parakeet's name is Baby and he's a bright blue, black, and white male. He easily fits in my closed hand and is one of the tiniest parakeets I've seen. We found him in our backyard and were unable to locate his previous owners. He is a talkative, cautious, obsessive compulsive little bird. He will do one thing, like ring his bell and hop back and forth, over and over again for 5 minute periods. He likes being handled, if you're calm and gentle when you do it, but especially loves venturing from his cage on the floor on his own terms. I've learned that parakeets are very self sufficient and gentle birds as long as the owner builds their trust and doesn't approach too suddenly. When we first caught him, he was very afraid of being handled but, over time, we built his trust and now we're able to give him kisses, hold him, and bond with him on the couch. He took some time to adapt to us but once he realized we meant no harm to him, he calmed down significantly. Our parakeet loves his cage and we think that he feels safest when he's in his cage with all his favorite toys.
I don't think a parakeet would be a good pet for young children as they get frightened easily, but for a teenager or older, parakeets are wonderful, low maintenance birds that can be quite sociable if the owner puts forth the love and effort to familiarize them with the people and environment they are surrounded by. A parakeet would likely be most sociable if adopted young.