Bennet, Nebraska, United States
Posted Nov 24, 2008
If you are able to find a Budgerigar that has been hand fed & tamed, you will be much happier with this little bird as a pet. If you just want a bird to look at, go with one that is from a pet store. They come in so many different colors and sizes, it is a great selection.
The English Budgie is the EXACT same species as the American Parakeet. The difference is how the birds were originally viewed. The English were breed to increase the size and they are also a calmer bird and are much larger. The American were breed to increase the colors available, they are more active than the English.
These bird do not have a lot of "quiet" time. They have a constant chitter chatter that is not very loud.
It is better to have 2 males or a male and a female because adult females will sometimes fight with each other and can cause perminant damage or death.
These birds are very hardy and it takes a lot to hurt them. They can accept the harder petting that sometimes children tend to provide.