I have had budgies my whole life, and I decided to move "up" to a Quaker Parrot (Monk Parakeet). I purchased a captive bred, hand raised boy named Oatis (get it? Quaker Oatis? Haha). I carried him around in a box and fed him chick food until he was feathered. He will be four in August. He is a flying green terrorist, and my best bud. He says about 40 words and knows "shake." Definitely a lot more work than a budgie - emotionally high maintenance, has a faster temper. Requires a lot more socializing. He gets "crazier" with spring hormones. He steals everything in my house for nesting at this time. He has a pet himself - Luigi the budgie. They are almost friends - Oatis is a bully to him, haha. I now live with my fiance, which Oatis has also bonded with - but he does not allow him the same privileges with him as he allows with me. Anybody else go from Budgie to Quaker?