If you're thinking about a bird and you never had a parakeet before, ask yourself, why get a budgie? Many people who go out and buy budgies have no clue what they're getting into. Breeders and pet stores who want to make a sale will tell you they make good ‘starter birds.' There is no such thing. Here is a quick video that highlights the negatives of owning a parakeet:
Why get a budgie is you don't like a lot of noise? People who love these little birds love the sweet sounds they make. They are up at dawn, chirping. The chirping drives other people crazy.
Budgies will fight with one another once they get a little older, and they can hurt one another. They will even fight with you, if you don't ake an effort to bond with them. They want to go to sleep once it gets dark. Beware, if you are a night person, or are still awake after dark Parakeets get annoyed if they can't get to sleep and with let out a shrilling scream.
These birds are not dangerous. But they are definitely not pets for children. Children are not aware of their strength, and have been known to crush budgies to death accidentally, by squeezing them too hard.
Narrator and pet expert Elizabeth Cantu has owned and been working with parrots since 1994. She has been active in captive parrot rescue and rehabilitation.
Filmmaker: Julio Costilla