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Old 07-28-2011, 08:51 PM
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Help me make a decision on my next parrot!?

Hi,

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I am looking for some suggestions on the right bird for me, I read the “choosing a parrot” sticky but I’m just looking for a more detailed opinion… the rating system didn’t really help me since, for example, African greys were given a 10 for noise but I’ve heard they are quieter then most conures from people who own them… so I’m not sure.

Firstly I live in Australia, so prices for most birds are different for me… secondly my experience with birds is a cockatiel, budgie and a rainbow lorikeet when I was younger. I’m really looking to get a pet parrot again and this time I want something a bit more “exotic”. Maybe something a bit bigger, too…

I really want a bird that will be cuddly and affectionate, maybe learn a few tricks, want to be out with me when I’m at home/do stuff with me, come outside on a harness, out to the beach and other places, I don’t mind if it’s just a “one person” bird as I live with just my mum, who is afraid of birds anyway, lol. Well maybe afraid isn’t the right word, she likes them, thinks they’re cute, but she doesn’t like when they sit near her face and she’s scared they’ll bite her. But she liked my previous pet birds.

Anyways… the types of birds I’ve taken an interest in/considered and their price range are;

Sun, Nanday and Jenday Conures - $300-500 in AUS
Blue Fronted Amazon - $1,500-$2,000 in AUS
Eclectus - $500-1,000 in AUS (female’s are cheaper)
Congo African Grey - $5,000 in AUS
Hahn’s Macaw - $2,000-$2,500 in AUS
Umbrella/White Cockatoo - $500-$800 in AUS

I guess what I’m looking for is basically opinions on what you guys think would suit me best... I work 3 days a week from 10am ~ 3pm, and am at home studying the rest of the week and most weekends. Even tho I will be at work for several hours for 3 days a week the bird would be out of it’s cage every other time I’m home. I live in a house that is pretty isolated from the surrounding houses and is an old Victorian house, so the walls are heavy/thick and block out a lot of noise. I want this bird to be a real pet that will be around for a long time. I’m very patient when it comes to training animals and noise levels, I’m also very forgiving when it comes to bites. (I wont be scared, for example, if I had a Amazon and it went through it’s hormonal period and bit me.)

I would love if they had the ability to learn a few words and sounds too, I know it’s not something any parrot, even an African grey, is 100% guaranteed to do, but starting with a species that’s known for being a good talker would at least be a head start.

I’m not sure if it would be best to get something cheaper like a conure and have it within a few months, or save my money and get a African Grey or a Amazon in maybe 7-10months from now. Especially if they’re the right bird for me… I currently have $1,500 saved to go towards my parrot, so that included the bird it’s self, a cage, toys etc. I have already gone into stores/websites and priced a decent sized cage (we’re talking Amazon or Grey sized) at around $400, “starting” toys at $300 and things like a harness, shower perch, play stand etc at $200.

So yea… I’m sorry for the great big wall of text but I really am struggling to make a decision by myself!!!

Thanks…

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Old 07-29-2011, 12:45 AM
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Re: Help me make a decision on my next parrot!?

It is only you can decide what bird you will have but consider following

Do you and surounding stand for the noicelevel ?
Do you have the time ?
What will you like to do with the perrot ?
Do you have the money for vet etc ?
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Re: Help me make a decision on my next parrot!?

I addressed all of those questions in my OP...
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Old 07-29-2011, 02:23 AM
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Re: Help me make a decision on my next parrot!?

IT really depends on you on what you want. Some of those birds are not cuddly birds but it also depends on the bird as each one have individual personality. Out of the whole list you have there, I have to pick Eclectus as my number one choice. I've been around ALL the birds you've listed. I LOVE my Eclectus pair as they're the ones that I have the least experience with but I got them anyway. We fell in love with them from day one! GREAT talkers!!!!! My boy JoJo loves to cuddle with me as my girl Gracie prefers to hang out on the shoulders instead. VERY quiet most of the time! They chatter more then scream, they're Soloman Island Eclectus.

I've owned Conures and never again will I ever own one. The only conure I will ever own is a Green Cheek. The other ones you've listed, I just can not handle their scream constantly all day every day.

Cockatoos, cuddly birds, BUT you must know your birds VERY WELL in order to own a Cockatoo and they're the one out of the bunch that can easily develop emotional issues! We love ours dearly and wouldn't trade her for nothing!

Amazons are not known to be cuddly birds! I've been around different types, GREAT talkers as well, but wasn't my cup of tea.

African Grey are not known to be cuddly birds either. GREAT talkers as well! I almost got one that I fell in love with but I tend to get suckered into taking home unwanted birds instead....lol....Ones that have issues.....

Hahn's Macaw, it's a in between cuddly and un-cuddly....they're cute though! Small package with big personality!

I just barely cover parts of them. You really need to do your own personal research to find the perfect bird for you. Like I always say, the bird chooses you, not the other way around.
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Old 07-29-2011, 02:23 AM
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Re: Help me make a decision on my next parrot!?

When you mean exotic, are you searching for exotic to AUS, or appearence?
Conures are low priced and great but if you want something a bit bigger a Eclectus female (I fancy their colors), ehhh maybe a congo but not good as a replacement pet. Caiques going same level to Conure. But amazons are a bit of both worlds sooo I would really suggest a blue front amazon. I did not suggest bigger species due to frightening your mum.
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Old 07-29-2011, 02:31 AM
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Re: Help me make a decision on my next parrot!?

if you are thinking of getting a gray/amazon down the line, why not wait??

get the bird you really want

in the meantime loads of research, see if any1 near you has similar birds you want an see if visiting them is ok etc find out nearest avian vet, food suppliers etc

keep reading the posts in here, this way you can brace yourself for some of the birds negative side, (but i think these are like a small percentage! including myself)

as for toys an perches see what the bird likes 1st, i have a lot of toys that nut just does not bother with, so i would start with a few and then build up

are you going to get a baby or one that needs a new home??
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Old 07-29-2011, 04:20 AM
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Re: Help me make a decision on my next parrot!?

Thanks for all your replies so far.

I did want to get a baby bird, it's not that I don't want a rescued one, it's just there's not really a parrot rescue place where I am...

I have heard conures scream a lot, which didn't worry me at first but a lot of people seem to say their scream is almost unbearable and worse then a cockatoo/macaw, lol. I have wild cockatoo's fly above and over my house in the morning/afternoon and sometimes their combined shrieking can make the walls rumble.

Eclectus are a breed of bird I've always loved and thought about getting... there is always a sad, lonely "hand raised" one at my local pet store at some point in time and they just seem so sweet and reserved, their little faces are just so adorable... I feel sad when I see them all alone, it's always months before they are sold, too...

I would love if we had one of those amazing pet stores where there are loads of hand raised birds of all different types around and you could go in a "be chosen!" like you have in america, I've never seen anything like that here. I've only ever seen 1 macaw and it was a green wing, our local pet store owns it and it sits near the counter. It cost them like $10,000 at the time. :| lol.
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Re: Help me make a decision on my next parrot!?

my conure is louder than my cockatoo and macaw!!
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Re: Help me make a decision on my next parrot!?

Geez, that's loud... lol. I always thought cockatoos and macaws were the loudest there was!!!
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Re: Help me make a decision on my next parrot!?

I've picked three from you list that I personally like:

Eclectus - My #1 pick for you based on what you want and your experience. I would also go with a male over a female. This is based on talking to a few people and everyone who has problems on this forum with their females. I have yet to see someone post a problem with a male (I've only see posts saying how sweet and loving the males are). Apparently the females can get very moody. You said that you don't work as much but that you spend a lot of time studying. These guys are fabulous talkers, like to cuddle, and still maintain some sense of Independence. So when your studying the bird will be happy vs. wanting your complete full undivided attention (unlike my next pick).

Umbrella Cockatoo - I don't want to dissuade you from getting one but they require a lot more than any of the other parrots from your list. Some can be decent talkers (Don't expect an extra large vocabulary though). These guys are very physical birds. They have to have a lot of cuddle time or their not happy. Your life WILL revolve around a cockatoo if you have one. I absolutely love mine and would never think of not having a Too but their not for everyone.

African Grey - (Always a personal favorite of mine, secretly - don't tell Romeo) Fabulous talkers, super super intelligent and independent. These aren't really "cuddlers" but they do appreciate physical attention on some level (some more than others). The difference is that they don't demand it or have to have it. They do however thrive off of learning knew things and have the ability to have a massive vocabulary.

Which ever you choose good luck, life just isn't the same without a parrot.
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