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Old 06-20-2014, 01:12 PM
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Re: Juliette's Search for the right parrot

Like Wendy just said, all birds (even within the same species) are individual.

** Keep in mind, while research is GREAT, all the research and asking in the world will only just give you part of the picture. You will NEVER know exactly what it is like to live with a certain species, or certain individual until they are home

Even if a Cockatoo is independent, they are still high maintenance. Even if they don't make noise often, even the smaller Toos (Goffin's) are VERY loud and obnoxious when they do sound off. Had a next door neighbor with one, and man it was loud even inside the house when I was outside.

Frankly, as far as a slightly larger bird without a really loud voice, and without a big tendency to be clingy, your best bet might be Poicephalus or Pionus. Surely there are Pionus species available where you are since they're from South America.
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Old 06-20-2014, 03:11 PM
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Re: Juliette's Search for the right parrot

I'm actually a bit surprised that you've knocked conures off the list when they happen to fall under everything you're looking for. Green cheeks, in particular, are quiet, cuddly, loving, and very easy birds because they are also very independent when need be. Like ALL birds that are attached, they make noise if their flock member leaves, but that flock call can be trained to a different sound (such as a whistle) to make it more pleasant on the ears. If anything, I'd say a larger conure would be perfect for you as you seem to be discouraged purely by size (based off of the other birds you prefer).

To me, a cockatoo would be a HUUGGGEE no-no considering your list of requirements and would be shipped off after a week of their morning and nightly sound offs and your schedule. Julie is right in suggesting a Poi or Pi, too. I think they've lovely birds, and every Pi I've met has just been an absolute sweetheart to handle.

You can post as much as you like, and I also believe learning as much as you can is an excellent thing, but believe you me when I say that we all research and are completely surprised by the actual bird when we finally meet them. They all are so unique and they create such diverse bonds with each individual they meet. I'm STILL learning about my birds and their likes, dislikes, and how to read them. It's a long journey and as much as you read, watch, or listen, you'll never be truly prepared until understanding YOUR bird.

Generalizations will never prepare you for the actual bird, and learning about my bird will never prepare you for your bird. There's certain things like diet, foraging, training, reading behaviour, etc. that can be learned through reading, but even then it needs to be modified for YOUR bird. There's no such thing as a cookie-cutter parrot in my opinion. The best you can do is go out and meet the birds and interact with them for quite awhile to learn about them and how they interact with you, otherwise you may as well just blindfold and throw a dart.
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Old 06-20-2014, 06:12 PM
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Re: Green cheek or Caique ?

Quote: Originally Posted by Juliette View Post
Green cheek conure , just seems like a great parrot to own !
they probably arent too loud , cuddly , and just adorable

what i look for in a parrot :

not too much noise , i accept noise but not too much , because i dont want my parents getting mad ...

Cuddly , like to be handled

Smart , id love to teach my parrot basic tricks , like roll over , wave , etc...
I just bought my baby, a yellow sided green cheek. Hes my brat (I mean that in the nicest way possible) He is (as Im sure all parrots are) exactly like caring for a child. Hes a baby, hatched in February (so hes 4 months old) so hes more like a baby in his terrible twos. Hes very quiet in the morning, I hear him playing with his toys until about 7:30 on week days when I get up for work.. he gets about an hour of out of cage time before I leave. On weekends hes quiet til 8:30, 9am. He isn't too loud.. but trust me when he wants something, or wants to see me, I hear all about it. Hes smart. He can turn on my finger and wave on command. He is also mimicking sounds, he does the kissing sound and is also trying to say his name (Loco). Every bird is different... Loco isn't much of a cuddler. But he LOVES bath time!
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Re: Juliette's Search for the right parrot

I need to agree that each parrot in general have its own personality. I have a parrotlet, Loki, who isn't supposed to be loud but because of his situation - at the petstore, he was in the room with Macaws, Amazons, and Cockatoos - he learned to chirp loudly at his own ability. If I am not in the room with him, I can hear him chirping from the kitchen, which is about four rooms down.

I suggest perhaps looking at the birds you are interested in inperson? That way, you can understand their temperament and how they act. Just watch them for a wild and see how they might respond? Might give you an idea on each parrots personality.
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