Posted Jan 03, 2016
I owned three budgerigars (two blue and one green, 2 males, 1 female), when I was a child. I loved them a lot, but I never really got attached to any of them, probably because we didn't happen to own them for a long period of time. However they were really fun to watch and listen, and the noise didn't annoy me at all (it was rather quiet at night, and the constant chitter didn't bother me during the day). They've learned several words (at least males did, the female bird didn't happen to talk): usually what my grandmother taught them or even some words from the songs that were constantly on the radio. At first they had imitated sounds only while being alone in the room; then my grandma probably earned their trust, and they didn't feel shy to talk in front of her. We've fed them with birdseed and pieces of vegetables, and this ration have seemingly worked well for them.
Sadly, all three birds passed away due to us being careless: the first one got lost after flying through a window left open (it has found the way back home, when it happened for the first time, but it didn't manage to do so for the second one). The second bird hat got itself drowned in the toilet before we learned to keep the lid down. The third, Kesha, couldn't cope with the loneliness: soon after the death of its mates it became passive, cheerless and quiet, rarely flew out of its cage and after a couple of months passed away. So the first two pieces of advice for the happy owners of budgerigars would be the next: you should always keep an eye on them, because these fragile birds can easily harm themselves, and you should keep them at lest in pairs, because these creatures are extremely sociable.