I am part of a bird rescue, so my advice comes from that perspective. I don't know if there are any rescues near you, and if there are if they need foster homes, but that would be one thing you might look into to try getting experience with different kinds of birds before committing your life (and finances) to one. We are always needing foster homes, and we provide the cages, seed, pellets, and most of the toys for our foster homes, while the foster parents provide fresh foods and homemade toys as they can. They also get first chance to adopt their foster birds if they decide they want them. We have a Catalina Macaw and an African Grey that are 'failed fosters', but very happily adopted birds, as well as the first bird we adopted that got us into the rescue, my Goffins Cockatoo.