Parakeets also called budgies, are excellent pets for those interested in caring for a feathered friend or for those that want a smaller pet bird.
Parakeets, budgies, or also known as budgerigars, are small colorful birds. This little parrot family member makes an excellent companion for any pet beginner who wants to adopt a bird. They are easy to tame and probably the easiest pet bird to care for.
The most popular pet birds in the U.S. are parakeets. These little birds come in an assortment of bright colors.
Budgies are gentle and docile birds. They are also straightforward to tame, mostly if acquired at a young age. Budgies are also very playful, active, and quieter than some other types of parrots.
Parakeets are sweet, little social birds that enjoy the interaction with each other and with their human companions, and can be taught to talk. Although they are relatively easy to care for, they do need special requirements.
An average lifespan of 6 to 12 years is reported when parakeets are kept in captivity. Although, with excellent care, budgies can possibly live up to 20 years!
If you are looking for a small pet with a big heart, a parakeet is an excellent choice. Parakeets are lively and affectionate, and, when given proper care and an ample dose of attention, they’ll thrive in almost any living situation. They make great companions for older folks and apartment dwellers whose landlords allow small birds.
Behavior & Interaction
Parakeets are highly social birds that live in large flocks in the wild. For this reason, parakeets need a lot of social interaction with their owner or with a mate to stay happy and healthy. If you would like to train your parakeet to be friendly with humans, we recommend getting only one bird to start with. Parakeets are most active when kept in pairs or groups. Still, careful consideration should be taken before any two birds are placed together to prevent injury.
Parakeets are one of the best talkers in the bird world and can learn multitudes of words and sounds if exposed to them repeatedly. There are a variety of training tools that you can use to help teach your bird to talk, such as digital speech recorders (Wordy Birdy) and CDs. Your best training tool is your own voice. You can train your bird to talk just by talking to your bird frequently. Please keep in mind that while many birds choose to talk, it is up to the bird whether it wants to learn or not – not every bird talks, and there are no guarantees.
Parakeets are playful birds and should be provided with a cage that is a minimum size of 18″ x 18″ x 18″. The larger the cage, the more comfortable it will be for the bird. A right cage should have horizontal bars on at least two sides, as hookbills love to climb. Horizontal bars help to make climbing easier. Bar spacing should be no more than 1/2″ apart to prevent injury.