Budgies, short for budgerigars and commonly referred to as parakeets, are
undoubtedly the best known of all the world’s parrots. Great numbers of these
little birds are kept as pets in many lands, and there are sound reasons for
their popularity. Their delightful personalities, affectionate nature, entertaining
behavior, hardiness and long lives help assure them a place in the hearts
and lives of their human companions for many years.
Budgies come in a wide variety
of beautiful colors, frequently talk, and bond readily with humans.
Because they breed freely in captivity, they are widely available at
a reasonable price.
The small size of these birds helps keep their care inexpensive and easy.
Good basic budgie seed mixes are available in every pet store, and by
supplementing this with an assortment of people food (no chocolate or
avocado though), sound nutrition is assured. Budgies have an
astonishing variety of vocalizations, from chirps and scolds to warbles
of almost magical sweetness. Their personalities are as varied as those
of people, ranging from shy and a bit timid to most impressively feisty
and assertive. For the most part they get on well with other pets
(cats notwithstanding) and don’t hesitate to assert their rights despite
their diminutive size.
In addition to the standard budgies available for a modest price in most
pet stores, there is also a variation known as the English budgie. These
birds are the result of many many generations of selective breeding. They are
quite a bit larger and perhaps a bit more chunky than standard budgies, and
they come in just as many spectacular colors. A worldwide hobby has grown
up around the competitive showing of these birds where they are judged to
a standard. English budgies make just as wonderful pets as do standard
budgies, although they are more difficult to obtain, ordinarily being
available primarily from show breeders, and are usually a little more expensive
than their smaller cousins. Standard (American) or English, budgies can
be wonderful pets and delightful companions, not only as starter birds, but
as birds worthy of a lifelong commitment in their own right.