Budgies are also commonly called “parakeets.” They may be a variety of colors, with green, blue, and yellow being the most commonly seen. Budgies are a very small bird, but like finches, they should still be given adequate room to fly and bounce around. The average lifespan is 10 to 15 years.
Budgies are wonderful little companions, who are social and friendly. People sometimes underestimate this species because of its size, assuming these birds don’t need the interaction the larger birds do. This is far from true; Budgies enjoy the company of humans and other Budgies and will not thrive without it.
These sweet little birds are great whistlers and singers and can be taught to speak or sing particular songs.
Unfortunately, Budgies are often thought of as “starter” birds and given to children as pets. While they make great companions for children and adults alike, they should never be thought of as less valuable than the larger species. Children should always be supervised when around these (and all) birds, and adults should always be in charge of the day-to-day care of the pet.