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A Plea For Parakeets

Sit down and let this overenthusiastic bird lady tell you a thing: rethink your parakeet perceptions.

Amanda Lafond

Follow Amanda Lafond on Twitter at @PepperNPals

Originally posted on Tumblr here; reprinted with permission.

A parakeet with a flower in his beak. That's right, this Casanova is ready to make you fall in love with the litte guy.
A parakeet can charm your socks off, don't let anyone tell you differently.

I’m here today to talk to you about the most criminally underestimated parrot: the parakeet.

Yes, though they are small, they ARE parrots. You might call them "budgies,” you might call them "budgerigars,” but you should never call them "just.” As in, "just a parakeet.”

Sit down and let this overenthusiastic bird lady tell you a thing: We need to rethink our parakeet perceptions.

Not only are these little feathered friends "real parrots,” they need to be treated like such.

Why? Because budgies are smart, sensitive beings who are capable of much more than people give them credit for. For real. Check this out:

A budgie even holds the world record for bird with the largest vocabulary. Seriously!

Of course, not all budgies will do these things, but even one who’s not a talker will be your buddy.

All it takes is a little time, understanding and research. Even an older, untamed budgie can become a companion. These birds can live for more than 10 years if given proper care, so get to know them! It’s worth it.

Heck, even if you DON'T want to be too hands on with your parakeet pal, they are still a ton of fun to watch! Budgies are incredibly inquisitive and they can entertain you for hours with their antics.

Budgies are great first birds not because they are readily available, cheap "starter birds.” They are great ANYTIME birds. First bird or millionth bird. Their care is simpler than larger birds, but no less important.

Make bringing home a budgie a big deal. Carefully consider it. Do your research. Get the proper bird cage, toys, food, materials, everything! Adopt if you can. Treat your budgie right. Make them important, because they are important. No more subpar care.

And if you ever ever EVER hear anyone say anything about them being "just parakeets,” or "dumb,” or "not real parrots,” or "throwaway birds,” or any of the multitude of undeserved misconceptions about these wonderful birds, you MAKE ANGRY BUDGIE NOISES AT THEM.


Still think budgies are awesome? Check out more parakeet articles here:

5 Things You Need to Know About Parakeet Care
7 Bird Toys Your Budgie Should Avoid

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I should add, I am NOT "International" but the state box was blank as a drop down and would not let me submit the comment unless I checked "International" as there was no way to type into the 'state' field.
Dee, Youngsville, NC
Posted: 8/25/2015 12:52:46 PM
I would not say that their care is simpler. We currently maintain a flock of 29 in the general population aviary and seven in our isolation ward, and I have to say a huge bulk of our vet bills have been related to the budgies here. Sometimes getting them to eat healthy is a bit more of a challenge though hanging greens as foraging and offering birdie breads does go a long way. The only difference I can see is toys are cheaper and *sometimes* last longer. I wholly agree that they are VERY under-appreciated! Their "cost" has absolutely nothing to do with their value in sheer awesomeness!
Dee, International
Posted: 8/25/2015 12:51:01 PM
I adopted a beautiful budgie a little over a year ago. She's a pastel rainbow, her name is Eloise. She's an incredible little bird. Very loquacious and feisty, can be nippy & bossy, but very sweet and compassionate. When I'm upset or depressed, she comes over to me tweets softly and rubs.her head on my hand. And what a lovely face & the most expressive eyes! She might not ever "talk", but she doesn't have to she already says enough!
Michelle, Staten Island, NY
Posted: 12/9/2014 7:20:42 PM
Thank you for writing this article. I totally agree. I have had budgies my whole life. They are smart, loving little parrots, who are devoted to their human flock. My two budgies Squeaky and Tweety Blue bring nothing but joy and love into my life. As far as I am concerned, these are the best parrots ever. No body better ever call them lesser parrots to me!!!!!
Kathy, Riverside, CA
Posted: 12/9/2014 2:43:11 PM
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