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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.