Well, more like they can be called both things. English and show/exhibition mean the same thing, American and pet mean the same thing. Different people pick which word they wanna use. I personally prefer English and American because they're easier to say/type and more commonly used, so they confuse less people.Budgies are not actually English and American, they are show type/exhibition and Australian pet type
This isn't true.... I see plenty of pet type budgies here! (Including my own birds).Hi James if your in the UK they will be English/show budgies - theres a consderable size difference for American/pet birdies.
Also the English/show birds have more throat spots and the boys tend to have those cute stickiy up feathers on thier heads.
I was confused when i first read about the different types on here but have since learnt you rarely get the American/ pet birds in the UK. Most birds we have come from breeders (or pet shops ) which are generally the same biger type of bird.
Occasionally you comre across a smaller one - my Bobby is quite a bit smaller than Honey but both are most definately English / show birds - i also clarifed this with my local breeder