Posted Jul 31, 2015
Budgerigars, usually called "parakeets" or "budgies", are incredible mimics. They can be fragile, so be sure they have a stable environment and food and water containers that they can't get stuck in. If they go into shock, they are very unlikely to survive it. They are, however, relatively easy to keep otherwise, and extremely entertaining. Mine learned to perfectly imitate the sound of a toilet flushing, something we found out during a dinner party. They will pick up and imitate any sound they can hear, and love the attention it gets!
Budgies are very interactive creatures; if you start with younger birds, they can be trained to perch on your finger. They do like a lot of attention, and will play the clown to get reactions. The intelligence level can border on problematic, since some of them will watch carefully and learn how to let themselves out of their cage. They're generally good-natured birds, and can be a great deal of fun.
If you're new to birds and want a budgie, I do recommend doing some research and being patient. If you have a bit more experience and enjoy lots of interaction with a feathered friend, budgies can be a great choice.
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