English budgies were breed from regular parakeets. They started the English budgies mainly for show birds. They are suppose to have a little shorter life span why I don't know. I have both regular parakeets and a few English budgies. I got my English budgies from breeders and hence they were more tame from the start versus the pet store parakeet which is not use to handling. I have my English budgies housed along with the rest of the budgies hence they have become flock birds and are not quite as tame anymore. However they still will come on my finger when they feel like it.