Why Budgies Rock:
In captivity, they offer the most color variety of any
The Budgies that talk take on some of the largest vocabularies of all parrots.
They are some of the easiest birds to take care of.
And they are undervalued and under-priced!
Budgie Or English?
Budgies come in two ‘varieties,’ which are Budgerigars or English Budgies. The difference is that Budgies, which originally came from Australia, are 7 to 8 inches from beak to tail and are yellow and green. English Budgies, which were bread in England to be show birds and pets, are usually an inch longer, their feathers are fluffier and they come in just about every color in the rainbow.
What Budgies Offer Over Other, Larger Parrots
It’s hard to believe that one of the smallest birds in the parrot family is also one of the best talkers, which people love and find endearing:
“… and many times they speak with greater clarity and broader vocabularies than larger parrot species such as Macaws and Cockatoos. While their voices are small and gravelly-sounding, budgies have an impressive ability to pick up on human words and phrases, and even using them in proper context sometimes.” Spruce Pets
Budgies, given time and attention from their keepers, can be great talkers, like Disco, the famous taking Budgie:
A Perfect Parrot To Keep
@ 1.1 – 1.4 oz (25 – 36 grams)
Budgies are also the perfect parrot because of their size. It is easy to spend time with them as they ride along on your shoulder or perch on almost anything else. Their small size means only small round poops, which you can usually just flick off and see no trace of. Compare that to larger parrots, who’s poops we call ‘elephant poops’ because there is so much more, it splatters when it hits the floor and is wet! Gross!
Budgies are quite personable, even for being some of the smallest. Their intelligence will amaze you, along with their preferences and their ability to connect with you. Tune into your little pal and you’ll get to know where they want to go, how they like to play, what fruits or veggies they prefer and how they like to chatter with you!
Little To No Trouble
Most importantly, their size also means little to no damage to your home and your wallet. While cockatoos, being some of the largest and most active parrots, can eat your kitchen cabinets, Budgies are unlikely to hurt you or any part of your home. You can let them fly around (as long as there are no open doors or windows) with the confidence that your home won’t turn into a poopy-half destroyed jungle-like mess.
And, since Budgies are around 25 grams, compared to a lot of other pet parrots that can range from 80 to 500 grams (80-156 grams is a range for Green Cheeck Conures, Indian Ringnecks, Quakers, Caiques; Amazon Parrots, African Greys and other ‘medium’ sized parrots are around 400 to 600 grams). This means a lower food budget.
You can easily share your fruits or veggies and you can get away with just a bag or two of parakeet food each month for these low-cost, highly-rewarding guys!
Budgie Purchase Plan:
Scrape $60 dollars together (cage, food, cuddle bone) plus $20 to $80 (bird purchase) to purchase your first Budgie, which will be one of the best animal-companions you can have. Budgies, which come in a variety of colors, cost $20 on average. English Budgies cost $80 on average. The price difference is due to their specialized breeding.
My experience has been that ‘traditional’ budgies are smarter, so their price is super under-valued.
Give a budgie a mate if you aren’t home much or don’t have a lot of time to dedicate to them, doubling your bird budget.
Even with a mate, I find that they still bond with their human companions, when time is spent with them. If you do, you’ll have one of the best, sweetest and smartest companions!