How are their temperaments so far? I am looking for a new bird that might get along well with my English Budgie around the house and I read online that they can be a little temperamental sometimes. Just wondering what the perspective was from an actual owner
They are so beautiful!
I think all the Neophemas (Turquoisines, Scarlet Chested, etc) can be a bit nervous as a finger bird unless hand-fed as babies by people. Their nature is to be a bit jumpy and wing-clipping will not help this if they are fearful of people (i.e. they will run
away from you if they cannot fly
). Having said that, I did have a very tame Scarlet Chested in the past. He was an older hand-fed baby - he took a while to bond with me but he become very friendly eventually. I have another one now that was pulled for hand-feeding very late. He is tame in that he will occasionally fly over to me but he is pretty independent and will not step up on my finger, when I want him to, like my other one.
As CatalinaDee (Daisy) suggested, a hand-fed Bourke Parakeet might be a good friend for your English Budgie. In my own limited experience, they are more easily tamed than a Neophema. This may be their nature or might be because they have more generations in captivity. One thing I have noticed is a Neophemas reaction to being scared is most often flight whereas Bourkes tend to "freeze" and maybe this has something to do with them being easier to tame?
Both Neophemas and Bourkes are very non-aggressive and this may be important when considering a friend for an English Budgie, which in my observation, are pretty laid back - more so than regular Budgies. A Cockatiel would probably work as well, as they are generally calm with other calm birds. But I would personally avoid a Parrotlet, Lovebird, or Conure, if your goal is to have a bird that would interact safely with your Budgie. All three can
be aggressive at times and might pester or even injure your Budgie. I've seen Budgies with their toes bitten off that were caged next to Lovebirds - they went over to say "hi" to the Lovebirds and the Lovebirds bit them through the bars! I'm not saying a Budgie having "out of the cage time" with a Parrotlet, Lovebird, or Conure cannot work - I know things sometimes work out - but that there is a risk
to your Budgie. You would need to supervise things.