Acquired: Pet store
Posted Jun 27, 2012
I adore budgies and cannot say enough how under-rated these little gems are. Their personalities are diverse and vibrant, and they are much more intelligent than they are given credit for when compared to larger parrots. I do not recommend budgies as starter birds, as they are most often referred to, because while the cost to keep them is generally less than the larger species, they still require quite a lot of attention and training for them to bond with the humans in the household. The term "starter bird" seems to imply that they are lesser or disposable - something that budgies are not! They are, in fact, over-bred and their genetic hardiness has been reduced when both over-bred and bred for certain color mutations. This has led to shortening their lifespans, and essentially making them less hardy.
Many children do not have the patience to hand tame a budgie. They are also more delicate than the large parrots, and children cannot always show restraint when trying to interact with their pets. They also need a lot of room to exercise because they have such a high metabolism. The tiny cages sold in pet stores are not suitable for this species - they need a flight cage, which is a larger expense that most do not realize.