Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Sep 13, 2015
Budgerigar are sometimes called Parakeets in the US, but are in fact not Parakeets. Either way, they're great birds!
Budgies can learn to speak, repeat songs, and can be trained to step up onto your hand and sit on your shoulder just like other parrots.
Budgies live in flocks in the wild, so they do best when they're not alone. When keeping two Budgies you're definitely in for some adorable interaction! They are very vocal and active animals and will play, nibble, and "kiss" each other often. They also cuddle together, and will use a nest if given one.
Budgies can live to 10 years, so be sure that you have that much time to devote before getting one. Their small size might have you believe they're "bird brains" but do not be misled! They're smart little birds with huge personalities!
They can be trained to avoid flying, but having their wings clipped regularly is a good safety measure, especially if you're planning on taking your bird out of the cage.
Budgies are great pets for those who want an active member of the family who will sing, chortle, and smooch. They do not require a lot of space, and are not terribly loud. They make a wonderful "Introduction to Birds" pets!