Parakeets have ancestors that goes back thousands of years. In fact, these birds first appeared on earth long before humans. They are native to Australia, and the first humans who came into contact with them were very likely that Aboriginal land. The first description of the parakeet was made in 1805 by an English zoologist and botanist named George Shaw. The first budgie was brought to Europe by an English ornithologist named John Gould in 1840, and the first breeding began only a decade later, during the 1850s Although the first color variation recorded was not crazy until 1870, one wide variety of variations shortly followed. The popularity as a household pet parakeet increased dramatically during the 20th century, and the bird is still a very popular pet today.