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Old 03-09-2019, 05:23 AM
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Need advice- Sun Conure good for Townhome?

Hello all! I am new to this forum so Im sorry if I break any/all rules.
I am considering buying a baby Sun Conure, but the biggest issue is the noise. Not that it bothers ME because I grew up with my Cockatiel who loved to screech all the time (He died this past christmas, I think Im ready to introduce another bird into my life), but I live in a Townhome that is connected on the sides to other people.

Even though my bird was a noisy one Ive never had any problems at all, but I just want others' opinions since I've never had conures, just Cockatiel. From what IM seeing from this breeder no one really has issues with noise. They ARE loud but they don't scream all day every day esp with proper training. The breeder basically just told me to never get 2 of them, just have a solo bird and Ill be fine

Another side note; the walls of my townhome are pretty thick. I rarely ever hear neighbors and when I do, its because their kids are running up the stairs. My cousin also SCREECHES whenever he plays video games and I cant hear him if I'm downstairs.

What do you guys think? Am I being too paranoid or should I seriously reconsider a sun?
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Old 03-09-2019, 06:48 AM
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Re: Need advice- Sun Conure good for Townhome?

Welcome to Parrot Forums!

We have an Amazon and have found a very long time ago that the best approach it is introduce oneself to the neighbors early-on (with your parrot) with the added statement that from time to time s/he maybe a bit noise when welcoming the Sun in the morning, etc...

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Old 03-09-2019, 08:09 AM
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Re: Need advice- Sun Conure good for Townhome?

Welcome! If your townhouse is recently built, there are firewalls between the units! Please consider a rehomed sun! A-He/she needs a home, B-You both have a better understanding of each other! On the level of loud, we are talking Very loud!
In this video, this guy is so loud, he is overloading the microphone!
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Old 03-09-2019, 09:37 AM
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Re: Need advice- Sun Conure good for Townhome?

hi, welcome

a sun conure is an amazing thing to have, but they are loud... very loud... that video posted above at full volume is a good example

I live in an appartement complex (the walls aren't thin, it's quite solidly built, stone and all) and I had no idea how loud a sun conure actually was till I had her home... well my luck is that my direct neighbours are lovely (all 4 appartements on my floor) and I went to every one of them with the birdie (after a few weeks, but I did tell them the day I got her that I now have a bigger bird that a budgie and they would probably hear her sometimes), well neighbours like the bird and it is now that if they don't hear her (like the one week she was at the vet) they get worried and come asking if she is ok :P but... sadly not all neighbours are like this, I had quite some problems with a few others that constaintly complained about the noise for about a year... it settled down only after one of my direct neighbours started complaining that they are more annoying and louder than the bird...

but deffinitelly introduce the bird to the neighbours and warn them about the possible noise and screaming (cause oh man do they scream sometimes) if you do decide to get the sun
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Re: Need advice- Sun Conure good for Townhome?

If noise is a huge issue for you a Sun Conure may not be the best choice. Maybe talk to the breeder and ask him or her to allow you to visit right before the evening meal, birds tend to get very loud before and after then they like to flock call. Tolerance levels for noise differs for everyone, there’s a huge gap between the noise a cockatiel makes and the noise a conure is capable of.

Good luck with your decision, please let us know what you decide.
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Old 03-09-2019, 12:00 PM
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Re: Need advice- Sun Conure good for Townhome?

I’ll throw my two cents in as well. I have 2 sun conures, and when they decide to make noise - THEY MAKE NOISE . I would recommend a lot of caution considering a sun in a townhome. Your current neighbors may be fine with the noise that a sun makes, but what happens if someone else moves in and it isn’t fine anymore? Unfortunately it’s beyond your control who lives close to you, and this could create an untenable situation either now or later. Noise levels of sun conures are not predictable, and vary by individual bird. Training may or may not help - what would happen if it didn’t work? What would happen if they are really noisy when your aren’t home? I have one sun who is a bit quieter than the other - but neither would make good neighbors in an attached home.

Have you considered green cheek conures or another species that doesn’t have the vocal power of a sun? I can hear my suns 60 feet down my driveway if they hear a vehicle or other noise outside - but my green cheeks have nowhere near that much decibel capacity lol.
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Old 03-09-2019, 12:20 PM
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Re: Need advice- Sun Conure good for Townhome?

As someone who has never owned a "pet" Sun Conure but who bred them for about 6 years and who owned 2 breeding-pairs of them (so 4 of them), and someone who does own a male Green Cheek Conure as a pet, I can tell you that the Sun Conures are loud...VERY, VERY LOUD! And the problem that most people in your situation is that not only are Sun Conures extremely loud, but they are in-fact extremely vocal parrots, and they actually do in-fact make noise/sounds/talking/squawking/screaming all day long, every day...

***Conures in-general are fantastic companion parrots, as pretty much all of them are known to be "Velcro-Birds", meaning they bond very closely with their person and are extremely loving, want attention and cuddles all the time, and want to be with their person all the time. That's exactly how my Green Cheek Conure is, he's a little love-bug who sticks to me like glue...But I've gotta say that even he is pretty loud, but not only loud, but also extremely vocal throughout the day, all day long. Constant talking, chirping, singing, screaming, etc. all day long...As I'm typing this I'm listening to him in the other room screaming away with my Quaker Parrot, another parrot who you definitely do not want if noise is an issue, lol...

Even if you are living in a newer Townhouse with thick walls and good insulation, if you have neighbors on both sides of your home, right on the other side of the walls, then I would have to say that either a Sun Conure or a Jenday Conure (extremely similar species of Conures) would not be a good choice for you unfortunately. They are great little birds and they are awesome, loving companions, but they are LOUD and constantly so...And as a former parrot breeder of over 20 years (and a car salesperson for almost 15 years), I'll be the first to admit that listenting to a breeder when you ask them questions like this one, any questions that could result in you not buying a bird from them, you need to do exactly what you're doing, go and ask the questions to experienced bird owners who have no reason at all to lie to you or to paint a very rosey picture for you...Of course the breeder is going to tell you that they "Don't really scream" etc...They want to sell you a bird...Kind of like "They're all the same color on the inside" and "You can't see the color when you're driving it" kind of a thing...lol.

***What exactly are you looking for in the new bird you bring into your life and your family? You've already owned a Cockatiel long-term, so you know what they are like, but what is it that you liked about your Cockatiel, and what is it that you didn't like about your Cockatiel? If you can describe the type of personlity, attitude, etc. that you're looking for in your next bird, and the type of relationship you hope to have with your new bird, we can certainly offer you suggestions on parrot species that you should research and go and spend time with, and that would work for someone living in a Townhouse...

Unfortunately I'll say it again, in your living situation with your neighbors, a Sun Conure is probably not a good choice at all, nor is a Jenday Conure...What you don't want to have happen is to go and bring home a new hand-raised, baby Sun/Jenday Conure, fall in love with it and bond with it closely, and then be forced to re-home it after a period of time because of noise-complaints. I have been working at an Avian Rescue for over 8 years now, and one of the #1 reasons why people re-home their pet parrots/birds is because they live in either an apartment or townhouse and there were too many noise-complaints by their neighbors, and they were put into a situation where they had no choice but to either re-home/surrender their bird or to move-out. It's a horrible situation to be in, and I've seen so many people and families (with young children crying their eyes out) bringing in their pet birds for surrender, only because of the noise complaints...And I'd be lying or holding back on you if I didn't tell you that many of the surrenders due to noise issues are Sun and Jenday Conures...

So better to figure out what species of parrot will and won't work now so you don't have to go through that horribly painful situation down the road...There are a lot of great parrot species that are just as loving, intelligent, cuddly, etc. as a Sun/Jenday Conure and that are also much more quiet and perfect for apartment/townhouse living where noise is an issue...Off the top of my head I immediately think of my Senegal Parrot, Kane. I brought him home as an 11 week-old, hand-raised baby from his breeder, and he just turned 2 this past September. He's just a little cuddlebug, he's loving, extremely intelligent, he talks, and most important to me is that he just wants to be with me all the time, and loves nothing more than to just spend his day playing with me, napping on me, cuddling and watching a movie with me, doing puzzles with me, and going as often as he can (when the weather is good) on car-rides and then shopping with me on his Aviator Harness...He comes grocery shopping with me all the time, he loves to ride around on the cart, he loves going for walks, hikes in the woods, bike rides on my shoulder, etc. And the Poicephalus Parrots in-general are a very quiet family of parrots.
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Re: Need advice- Sun Conure good for Townhome?

I just had a quick chat with Kane (he's currently over-seeing what I'm typing), and he told me to tell you to "Get a Senegal! Get a Senegal!", followed by a wolf-whistile and a "Yeah!"...

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Re: Need advice- Sun Conure good for Townhome?

The suns are exceedingly beautiful but, when parrot-volume may become a big problem, I second the recommendation of getting a green cheek instead of a sun.

The only conure I've had is a green cheek, so perhaps someone who's had both can describe the differences in personality and behavior.
(Though of course individual birds within any species will vary.)
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Re: Need advice- Sun Conure good for Townhome?

I have a single green cheek conure and he is very quiet. Occasional flock call or "ack-ack" call if he is frightened by something, but 90% of the time, pretty much quiet.
I wouldn't keep a sun conure, personally. I have heard them in a pet store a long time ago and the noise was too much.
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