Budgies, commonly referred to as parakeets, are probably the most popular small pet birds and they make great pets for kids because of their intelligence and playful, social nature. Budgie is short for Budgerigar.

Budgies can learn to talk in some cases, and their chirps are very pleasant and not too noisy. Budgies have a strong instinct to chew and should be provided with destructible toys to satisfy this need and to keep their beaks trimmed. Hand fed budgies enjoy interacting with humans. Tame budgies, especially males, often learn to talk.

Budgies come in a wide variety of colors, but the budgies in the wild are mostly green and yellow providing them with very good camouflage.

Budgies are small parrots with long, flat tails. You can often tell the sex of a budgie by looking at their cere (the nostril area). The cere is blue for mature males and it is pale brown for females. When they are babies, both the male and female budgies have pinkish ceres.

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