This is often often asked whenever Marg or I post about ours. The full name of Budgie is Budgerigar - which believed to come froma an Aboriginal phrase meaning "Good Eating". It usually shortened to budgie (pronounced budge-ee) I am surprised that you don't know them by this name as I believe it is the most popular pet bird in the world. (I've just looked it up; so does Wikipedia) which also informs me that Americans call them Parakeets. Here's a link to the Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Budgerigar which also has some pictures. They are quite small, the first picture is about actual size if you view it on a 17 inch monitor. We used to have two, a cockerel (male) in the natural colours and the hen which is the same blue as the pair in the second picture on the Wikipedia page; difficult child 3 called them Yoshi and Daisy respectively. Yoshi died soon after we got back from New Zealand when he caught a cold from us. Daisy and difficult child 3 were devastated but bonded closely to each other in their grief. Both are now over it and Daisy has become very tame. She's a personable little thing and we are all quite fond of her but difficult child 3 is her real mate. Both Marg and I both had budgies while we were growing up and we relish the thought that they are native to Australia. Making a slight digression - we have been bemused that the most commonly referenced birds in the "think you want a bird" thread are two other Aussie parrots, the Cockatiel and the Sulfur Crested White cockatoo.