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more parrot questions~~

so once again i am wondering about more parrots *i cant get any more birds, this is for future reference!*

first... the congo grey... how amazing are they? i LOVE them though i have never seen one in person. they dont seem to be a bird to scream and seem more likely to talk.

conures? in general. i like the sunnies and nandays, some GCC are nice looking too...

caiques? i dont even know where i would get one if i really wanted to get one

linolated/ bourke parakeets, are they like parakeets?

and just for the heck of it, are quakers a good bird?

annddd... once i work my way up in the parrot world, would a snuggly 'too be ok? there are a lot of snuggly 'toos in Craigslist and i love themmmm


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i don't know about the others, but I would describe linnies as a nice transition between budgies and "parrots". Linnies are hard to find locally, but quite a few good breeders ship

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CAG do talk but no matter the bird there is always a chance it will not talk. my boy does scream but not like a too does he does it mainly when he is fussing at one of his toys. he does like to cuddle and be scratched. i love my boy he is my baby of coarse i consider all of my animals my baby. green cheek are funny little clowns they come in many color mutations and they can be nippy mine is very quiet. she loves to cuddle and play but she does have her moments and she will bite me. know i do want to say check your laws and make sure quakers are legal where you live because they are not legal here so just check and make sure. since they are illegal here i really can not say much about them.

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Quakers are illegal in some areas?!? why? (and they do sell them here so they are legal)

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Quakers are illegal in some areas?!? why? (and they do sell them here so they are legal)
the reason that is given is that if the bird was to get loose it would be able to survive here and build nest and would destroy crops and even destroy the natural wild animal habitats we have here that is the reason they give

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I am guessing that is for warmer states because no parrot is going to survive a new england winter!

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They survive in Chicago... I think New York too.
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considering we can get well below freezing here as well especially here in the mountains i am not to sure if it matters about the weather it is just what the state fears . a women in Pennsylvania had a quaker her bird was taken from her because they are illegal there but she had the bird before they pass the law and the bird was now 25 yrs old http://trib.me/17Oe187

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We have parrots here in England and we're mostly cold all year round ringnecks and quakers mostly

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I absolutely love CAG's. It's probably because my experience with Alex my old CAG was so fantastic. I plan to get another CAG, hopefully soon, because I just love everything about them. They are the most likely to talk, but there's always that chance that they won't talk at all. Talking shouldn't be the reason you get a bird. I would say the best chance you have with any of these birds is to get a baby, or very young one. That way you can shape their behavior and such.




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i would never get a bird for the sole reason that i want a talker. one of my adopted keets talks a little, which i found out later i just think CAGs are amazing birds and they seem funny and smart and just all around great pets

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i love my CAG he is just like one of my kids

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We've had 2 CAGs. The first one died of PBFD at 3 years of age. Buddy, only said a few words. Then we got Beau. He had a huge vocabulary. When he was about 12 he was startled and flew off the cage into the wall. After that he started having seizures. We took him to an avian vet, spent a couple grand in tests and to make a long story short he died about a year later.

CAGs are our first love and great birds. They aren't "cuddly." Both of them liked to be with you and liked head scritches, but that was about it.
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they sound like great birds i love how soft the birds are, but i think i can live with out petting them i am still in love with the 'too that was cuddling with me at a fair and didnt want to leave me

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The other thing to consider with both CAGs and Toos is the dust. Both of them create a boatload of dust.

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i vacuum every day- every other day already with just keets

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Dust isn't just vacuuming. You really need an air purifier and the dust gets all over everything. One cockatoo can make 2 weeks of budgie dust in one afternoon. Its not good for them to be breathing.

Quakers are illegal in almost all states in the US and people still sell them illegally. But if the authorities find out, they CAN seize it. I wouldn't recommend it personally unless you are 100% sure, but even then, if you have to move someday, you might have to get rid of the bird.

Linnies, bourkes, and budgies are really different. Bourkes are aviary birds typically but sometimes tame in captivity. Linnies are more "parrot-like" than budgies, especially in diet, and I believe are a little quieter usually.

Caiques.... okay so there are plently of good caiques Im sure, but I've met a total of 5 and all have been dangerously aggressive and were neve abused. They just ONLY like one person and will go for the kill to anyone else. I've been attacked at the face twice by different caiques, and my boss has one that will fly at your throat and bite so deep you need stitches, and the two I've meet elsewhere were aggressive to a certain gender. So, I dont really recommend them to anyone not very experienced.

Conures are a popular classic choice, but the noise factor is definitely one to consider. Aratinga conures are loud.

There are other cool lesser known parrots out there too like Jardine's, Meyer's, Pionus, and Kakariki.


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The information about quakers is incorrect. In fact, they are legal in most of the states and some states they are legal with restrictions. Here's a graph and info on which states they are legal in. They make great pets, talk well, but can be LOUD.

http://www.birdchannel.com/bird-news...fographic.aspx

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Dust isn't just vacuuming. You really need an air purifier and the dust gets all over everything. One cockatoo can make 2 weeks of budgie dust in one afternoon. Its not good for them to be breathing.

Quakers are illegal in almost all states in the US and people still sell them illegally. But if the authorities find out, they CAN seize it. I wouldn't recommend it personally unless you are 100% sure, but even then, if you have to move someday, you might have to get rid of the bird.

Linnies, bourkes, and budgies are really different. Bourkes are aviary birds typically but sometimes tame in captivity. Linnies are more "parrot-like" than budgies, especially in diet, and I believe are a little quieter usually.

Caiques.... okay so there are plently of good caiques Im sure, but I've met a total of 5 and all have been dangerously aggressive and were neve abused. They just ONLY like one person and will go for the kill to anyone else. I've been attacked at the face twice by different caiques, and my boss has one that will fly at your throat and bite so deep you need stitches, and the two I've meet elsewhere were aggressive to a certain gender. So, I dont really recommend them to anyone not very experienced.

Conures are a popular classic choice, but the noise factor is definitely one to consider. Aratinga conures are loud.

There are other cool lesser known parrots out there too like Jardine's, Meyer's, Pionus, and Kakariki.
i have always wanted an air purifier but i dont currently have the room because of all the pets on my room and every outlet is being used because of the fish tanks, the only one that isn't being used is under the tree. definitely on the future shopping list though

thats good to know about caiques. with really any of the 'odd' parrots that arent super popular, i dont know much about them so it is good to know about what parrots are a good choice and which aren't

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The information about quakers is incorrect. In fact, they are legal in most of the states and some states they are legal with restrictions. Here's a graph and info on which states they are legal in. They make great pets, talk well, but can be LOUD.

http://www.birdchannel.com/bird-news...fographic.aspx

http://www.quakerville.com/qic/statelaw.asp
according to the map, quakers are legal in MA. they aren't on my "i really want one" list, but i just like to learn about the different types of parrots

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I'll tell you a nice flock combination: A masked lovebird, a Quaker, and a Congo African Grey


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