Posted Feb 29, 2016
I had several budgies while growing up and overall they were charming little birds to have around. They are very colorful (all of my family's birds were blue with either white or yellow heads). They can also learn mimicry pretty easily. The most recent bird that I owned could whistle You Can't Hurry Love by the Dixie Chicks and the theme to Spongebob Squarepants.
They don't require complex cages so it's usually a pretty simple task to clean their cage and disinfect their toys. Budgies are really adorable when they have toys to play with such as grooming bells and mirrors. They will talk to the "other bird" in the mirror quite often and show off their vocalizations.
I found my budgies tricky to train, which may have been due to my inexperience when I was younger. They need a lot of patience when you are starting out especially if you have an older bird (an aside - if you get a budgie at a pet store look for lines on their foreheads, younger birds will have lines going down to their beaks while adult birds will just have a patch of color). Keeping flight feathers trimmed were important in our birds because if they managed to take off from your hand or the cage they could end up in all sorts of places (my birds were fond of getting stuck behind curtains).
If you have the patience to train and would like a companion bird a budgie is a pretty low maintenance one and unlike many of the parrots and parrot-like birds they have a much shorter lifespan of around ~10 years as opposed to 50+.