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Old 05-22-2019, 01:53 AM
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Hello, I'm new and glad to be here

I just lost my cockatiel of 20+ years, and am looking at a conure as a replacement bird. For health reasons I can't get a bird with naturally dusty feathers so a cockatiel is out. I am home the majority of the time. I need a bird that isn't going to get nippy with inexperienced people, so was looking at a Dusky conure. The videos I checked out on YouTube, when I could find a Dusky conure video gave the impression that their normal vocalizations were not much louder than my cockatiels when he wanted attention and would whistle and beg. I had narrowed it down to a Dusky conure and a Green Cheeked conure, but all the information I could find said that Green Cheeked Conures could get nippy. Dusky conures seemed to be less likely to do that. And yes, I know that can vary depending on the individual bird.

I have also been told that Duskys can get loud, but my thinking was what conure couldn't? I just wanted one that was fairly quiet on the whole, and would like to be played with. I'm told Green Cheeked Conures are quieter, but I'm not sure how significant the difference is, and since I live in an apartment it is a concern. I have a huge cage, a playstand, and my home is parrot proofed. My biggest concern was that I have several people that come everyday to help me and I need a bird that is can be good for a youngster to handle. Dusky's seem to fit that bill. I also am unconcerned if they can talk, as that isn't important. I'm pretty good at reading parrot body language and usually have a good idea what they are asking for.

Those are all my ideas on things...please feel free to express your opinons, I'm actually looking for ideas. I also like the fact that Dusky's like rolling around on their backs and that they readily loved learning tricks, and like hanging out.

Thanks so much,

Shilohgirl

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Old 05-22-2019, 11:20 AM
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Re: Hello, I'm new and glad to be here

My deepest condolences for the loss of your cockatiel. Savor the memories as each bird is unique and cherished.

I am not familiar with conures, but many members are intimately aware of the differences. Without a doubt several will share their views.
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Old 05-22-2019, 12:05 PM
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Hey Shilohgirl, Like Scott I want to offer my heartfelt condolences for your baby. Welcome to the forum, and I know you will get many great voices that are much more familiar with conures than I am.
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Old 05-22-2019, 06:19 PM
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Welcome Shilohgirl. Please accept my condolences on your loss. There are quite a few persons owned by Conure's who are members of this forum. No doubt you will get heaps of good advice.

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