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Parakeets (aka Budgies)

A small parrot that is commonly kept as a pet.

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The world's most popular pet bird.

  • Oct 29, 2009
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I love budgies.  These small parrots are fun birds that love to chirp, squawk and peep. My female is a turquoise creme colored bird named Lady Grey.  Her companion is a bluish grey male named Sir Walter.
I feed them bird seed and millet.  They love to ring bells and talk to one another.  Whenever I put them by the window, they have chirping contests with the Magpies, blackbirds, crows and scrub jays that live outside.  They love classical music and it quiets them down when I'm not around.  Lady Grey is very dominant and bosses around Sir Walter.  Sometimes the two squabble with each other but for the most part they like to chat and groom one another.  The birds can get a little loud when they're hungry, want attention or if they need there water changed.

Budgie are easy to care for.  They need a roomy cage, plenty of fresh water, toys, snacks and bird seed.
They're highly intelligent creatures that love for you to whistle to them.  Lady Grey loves my whistling (much to the chagrin of Sir Walter).  The males and females are easy to distinguish from one other.  The females are lighter colored, have "feminine eyes" and a lighter colored cere (that's the little strip above the beak).  The males have beady eyes, brighter colors and a darker cere.  These birds are fun to own and they can talk (the males have the ability to) if properly trained.  Birds are smart animals that are very interesting to own.  Oh, make sure you have your birds wings clipped because they will fly away.
The world's most popular pet bird.

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October 29, 2009
Awwwww, Lady Grey and Sir Walter -- I love that. I love how you describe their personalities, too! I've always wanted a birdie, but I'm not sure that I can take care of one now. I always ooooh and ahhhh at them when I visit the pet store though :)
October 29, 2009
I just bought another budgie. Her name is Sweet Pea. She's a pastel green female. Sweet Pea's kind of shy except when she bit my finger.
October 29, 2009
Oh my goodness, can I come hang out with your pets?! You have the best animal companions!!
October 29, 2009
My pets are cool and a lot of fun. I've had them for almost two years. They're an interesting bunch.
October 29, 2009
I love my budgies! The picture looks just like my Mavis. Sweet.
October 29, 2009
Ditto. I wish I could have a macaw or a parrot but these birds are the next best thing.
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review by . February 27, 2010
Parakeets, known as budgerigars in their native Australia can make a great pet for someone interested in getting started with parrots. Here are a few thoughts to consider      Some negatives:     Noisy. Budgies have an awful lot to go on about it seems. Messy. Seed eaters, they shuck their seed and get chaff everywhere. Standoffish. Without a lot of interaction, they can be uncomfortable with humans   .  Some positives:     Shorter …
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Parakeet is a term for any one of a large number of unrelated small to medium sized species of parrot, that generally have long tail feathers. The majority of parakeets are either blue, yellow, or green, but there are other colors available by breeding, including albino.  For information on the care of pet parakeets, see also the Wikipedia article under budgerigar.

Older spellings still sometimes encountered are paroquet or paraquet.
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