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Old 02-23-2019, 05:26 PM   #31
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Old 02-24-2019, 02:41 PM   #32
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Parakeet is a generic term for a small parrot.
A budgie (Budgerigar) is a parakeet.
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Old 02-24-2019, 03:03 PM   #33
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Parakeet is a generic term for a small parrot.
A budgie (Budgerigar) is a parakeet.
Right. Growing up, I always heard the term parakeet, but it only applied to budgies in my experience. Later, when I learned more about these families of birds, that you can actually get a "true" (meaning its their only name) parakeet. They are bigger, and green, I think, as opposed to budgies who come in many, many color combos. Bird fancier types use the term budgie to distinguish the different species. And I think Brit Empire peeps have always used budgie for that species, avoiding the name issue.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_parakeet

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Old 02-24-2019, 03:44 PM   #34
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I have never heard the term "true parakeet" before, but "true parrot" is a class of parrots that include conures like the one you linked, as well as budgies, and a bunch of other parrots.

I have a couple of cockatiels that make good companions, but would probably not suggest them for the OP. It is a good idea to have a vet check out the health of a new bird, especially if purchased from a general pet store, instead of a bird specific one. Bonding with the bird at the store, and letting it acclimate to you should lessen the shock to the bird when it is transported to the total foreign environment of your home.

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Old 02-24-2019, 04:05 PM   #35
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Well, I probably should have just said Green Parakeet, but there are others...point is, you can call a budgie a parakeet, but for those few species that formally have parakeet in their name, they cannot be called a budgie. So its more like, truly named. My bad.
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