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Question What bird breed?

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I was wanting to get a cockatiel - but them being powder birds and my brother having dust-triggered asthma, it just wouldn't work. So, I need advice on what type of bird to get. I am looking for a non-powder, cuddly, quiet, trainable, small-to-medium-sized bird. I have no problem with spending hours upon hours a day spending time with it, nor do I mind cleaning out it's cage regularly. A realitively inexpensive bird would be great. I was thinking maybe a Green Cheek Conure - thoughts on that would be helpful too! THANK YOU for your suggestions! I really appreciate it.
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So many choices...I had a gc and he was not quiet, thou some members have them and say theirs are quiet. When I decided I wanted a Lineolated parakeet, I use to go on Youtube and watch them you can learn alot there. You can see almost any parrot, hear their noise level and see how you like them.

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I also second going to YouTube and listening to the various birds to see what noise they are capable of.

My linnies are super quiet, but aren't cuddly. My Senegal is also pretty quiet, but I know she's capable of being loud. She's super snuggly, but not what I'd consider inexpensive.

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I have a green cheek conure who is very quiet... She is rarely vocal at all.. She will give a little contact call every now and then but that is all. She is a real doll... She loves to cuddle and just be with you... Loves to be hugged and petted and loved on. I Highly recommend green cheeks.
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Thanks you guys! I'll go onto youtube and listen to various bird sounds.
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Linnies are calm and friendly. And they have few feather dust.
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There is only one powder free parrot. It is an Eclectus.
But if you can't get a large bird any bird even a tiels powder can be managed. Keep bird in your room. Use an air purifier. Bath/shower the bird daily. Change paper every day. Before you change it wet it down so the powder wont float around. Keep the curtains clean. Keep something on the floor that you can remove and wash daily.
This well be with any bird you get they all have powder. Some more then others. I recomend a couple budgies if you don't care for an Eclectus.
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I recommend linnies as well. I haven't owned a green cheek, but have fostered one and interacted with many. I also currently own a parrotlet and a budgie in addition to a linnie. If I had to compare using the reference of these four species, I'd say linnies are more like budgie and green cheeks are more like parrotlets. I say this because I see linnies as playful like budgies but not as bold and much more cuddly. While green cheeks tend to be more outgoing and playful than parrotlets, they can also be nippy and moody (which is more similar to parrotlets than budgies or linnies).

Here are some rankings for you based on my experience:

Loudest to quietest: Green cheek, linnie, budgie, parrotlet

Messiest to cleanest: Green cheek, linnie, budgie, parrotlet

Most aggressive to least: Parrotlet, green cheek, budgie, linnie

Most to least as far as being cuddly: Linnie/green cheek tie (depending on individual), parrotlet, budgie

Most energetic: Green cheek, linnie, budgie, parrotlet

Most playful: Linnie/budgie tie, green cheek, parrotlet

As far as training, they are all trainable. Budgies and linnies are the best talkers of the group, then parrotlets, and last green cheeks.
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Hi Kayli, It is hard to speak in generalities. For example, I had a parrotlet that was a real cuddler...much more hand-friendly than my linnies are. So, in addition to looking at birds on YouTube, you might want to work with a breeder to find the right personality for you. So much depends on genetics and on the way a breeder raises a bird. Good luck!

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Lucy Linnie from Tribe of the Lineola
Vivian Linnie from Birds4Alice
JJ the Australian Red Rump (adopted)
Goldie the Australian Red Rump (adopted)
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jenday conure maybe

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I like Brotogetis parakeets but they can be relatively hard to find x.x

Very gentle loving little birdies though ^^

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Welcome to the forum!

I would consider a green cheek conure or any others in the pyrrhura family (most are however more expensive). My green cheeks have all been completely different to one another so the individual thing really does apply. I had one who was very, very cuddly but would take a chunk out of you if he flipped (while being cuddled!). Another was very skittish (though from the same breeder as the first) and even though she would step up and stuff, she was pretty hands off. Occasionally she would let me tickle her. She would rather spend time with you in the room just sitting on your shoulder than actually interacting with her. She was also my loudest. My green cheek x maroon bellied conure hybrid was an aviary bird, so completely hands off, BUT he came around very fast. He would let me tickle his head and he never ever bit me. He was a very quiet bird whereas the first two could really crank up the volume. Now I have an aviary green cheek conure who is living in an aviary (my other became a companion parrot) although she did live in the house for some time. She is extremely phobic of most things. She is almost what I'd call wild. Just like a wild bird! I also have a black capped conure who is her best buddy. I believe she was hand raised but she certainly isn't hand tame and is one of the most aggressive little things I've ever come across she is VERY loud!

Overall though, most people who own them very much so enjoy them. I think owning an individual green cheek helps (I did end up with a few!), especially with the noise. They're often cuddly, quiet, playful and fairly inexpensive (remember vets fees can set you back thousands though)
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