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I am a stay at home mom of three kids and we have no pets and are looking into adding a parrot to our family, I obviously would want a parrot that isn't too aggressive. I was looking into conures because they seem to be loving, but I've been reading that they are very loud? I know birds are birds and are going to be loud. My husband wants one that has a better vocabulary but I've been reading and they seem to be more aggressive. I've had small birds before but when it comes to parrots I'm new. So what I'm asking is can anyone point me in the right direction, I'm obviously going to do my research before I invest in a new buddy. Should I go with conures or Senegals? Or is there any other parrot you would recommend? I've always been interested in parrots
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I would recommend a cockatiel, lineolated parakeet, or meyers parrot.

Conures are loud and don't have much capacity to talk. Sun conures are so loud and can't talk but make good family pets because they can be pretty even tempered, playful, and snuggly. Gccs are quieter but are more moody, nippier.

Cockatiels and lineolateds are very even tempered, not too loud, and can learn to talk. Both aren't too expensive to buy or keep. Also, you can keep more than one of each and they can still be bonded to you. They also aren't aggressive so tend to do well with other bird species. Also linnies use their feet like bigger birds.

Meyers are great birds but more expensive and harder to come by. Very friendly to family members, not too loud. Not sure how they fair with other birds tho or their talking ability. They are bigger tho (with bigger beaks) and so maybe more intimidating to kids depending on their age.

All of this is speaking to a well socialized bird in these species of course.

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I'm biased so I'm going to say Senegal. A lot of people will tell you that they can be prone to be one person birds, but IMO that has more to do with the trainer than bird. Senegals are generally quieter than conures, but there's an exception to every rule.

The other thing you need to remember is all birds have ability to bite and they aren't domesticated the way dogs are. Just something to keep in mind with kids.

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i would say get a cockatiel especially since you have kids. now saying that let me explain why i have 3 kids and 6 birds however i am not new to birds. i have a green cheek conure she/he is very quiet and does talk they love to cuddle and be with you however they are nippy birds and go through a terrible two stage. my kids do handle the green cheek when she/he is not moody and being a brat. i compare a GCC with a small child that does not get their way is how i look at them. now a hand feed cockatiel is a great first bird males do sang and have been known to talk females are quieter. they are very sweet and both male and female are docile birds and bond very closely to there human family. they are very smart to they do not have mood swings like a GCC does and are usually very sweet however they may or may not go through a mood swing when mature but that is all birds and it is usually not bad like some birds are. the down side of a cockatiel is they are dusty birds having one will not be to bad but having several increases the amount of dust. regular baths help with this. you should always watch children with any bird but with a cockatiel you do not have to worry about the bird biting the blood out of your child because it does not like something the kid does. i have a cockatiel and a green cheek my kids love the cockatiel because they can hold her and be with her without being bite but they like the green cheek because she is a clown and loves to play she/he does funny and cute things and my kids like to watch her. over all though as far as being with the family the cockatiel is the family bird.

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My kids are still pretty young 3 and 2 so it would be me handling the bird until we get comfortable enough with the bird and he gets comfortable with us. The bird would be more for me and my hubby.

Like you said they are more a one person bird but if I get the bird young could he adapt to my family and like us all?

I have had a cockatiel before when I was younger.
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All of those little birds you've had were still parrots so you do have psittacine experience! I don't recommend a conure, personally. I've found that all of mine have been quite nippy and I imagine for a child they could be pretty scary (and painful!) if they bite. I definitely think a cockatiel would fit your situation perfectly
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In that case get something you and your husband would enjoy. Kids can be taught to respect the bird and not touch without mom and dad there.

If you and your husband are both willing to put the time into the bird (whatever you get) there's no reason why any parrot couldn't fit well into your family. Obviously if one of you puts a lot of time and effort into the bird and the other ignores the bird that bird may end up being a one person bird.

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Yeah? My kids are very good with listening and following the rules, I've got lots of time to spend working on the bird. Thank you guys.
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Yeah? My kids are very good with listening and following the rules, I've got lots of time to spend working on the bird. Thank you guys.
If that is the case than I would go with a green cheek conure or a meyers parrot. I think senegals are great birds but they are more serious in their personalities and more sensitive to their environments too.

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I have two linnies, I consider them tame....but some might not. They are a little hand shy, but they love to be near people, just not touched. They are definitely NOT loud and they do make some noise, but honestly I don't find it a bother and I really don't like noisy birds.

Cockatiels would've been my first choice because they were ideal except for their colors (at least for me, I don't like the orange cheeks.....although now that I know about the whiteface mutation, they are back on my list). Mainly because of their availability and cheaper price (than a linnie)

Also, don't forget about the budgie. They are popular for a reason. They make great family pets and are cheap and available in many beautiful colors. They are also very good talkers!

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Another option is red-bellied. They are known to be the gentlest of the poi family. I visited our shop today and they had a really sweet male.

However, I disagree about sennies. They can make great pets and there are no guarantees. My sennie is a complete goof ball that loves to lay on her back. We also have 5 dogs and 2 cats and 2 kids. Sammie does fine and isn't the least bit serious.

You could get an aggressive nippy Meyers and ever GC conure I've met has been on the pinchy side and they have needle beaks.

I guess you should go visit some birds to get an idea of what you might like.

I had parrots when my boys were little. It's not a problem if you're willing to work on it.

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I have two linnies, I consider them tame....but some might not. They are a little hand shy, but they love to be near people, just not touched. They are definitely NOT loud and they do make some noise, but honestly I don't find it a bother and I really don't like noisy birds.

Cockatiels would've been my first choice because they were ideal except for their colors (at least for me, I don't like the orange cheeks.....although now that I know about the whiteface mutation, they are back on my list). Mainly because of their availability and cheaper price (than a linnie)

Also, don't forget about the budgie. They are popular for a reason. They make great family pets and are cheap and available in many beautiful colors. They are also very good talkers!
I love my budgie. She is so tame and just so much fun. My linnie is so fun too and isn't hand shy, loves to come out but is very interested in playing right now, not so much cuddling. Could just be age. But thise two get along so well. It is nice to have two species that are non aggressive.

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Another option is red-bellied. They are known to be the gentlest of the poi family. I visited our shop today and they had a really sweet male.

However, I disagree about sennies. They can make great pets and there are no guarantees. My sennie is a complete goof ball that loves to lay on her back. We also have 5 dogs and 2 cats and 2 kids. Sammie does fine and isn't the least bit serious.

You could get an aggressive nippy Meyers and ever GC conure I've met has been on the pinchy side and they have needle beaks.

I guess you should go visit some birds to get an idea of what you might like.

I had parrots when my boys were little. It's not a problem if you're willing to work on it.

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Guess it just depends on the birds personality. My dad's are a little sensitive. The male rocks himself when he gets scared. When he put them in a bigger cage, they we petrified of the floor. Now that the are in a smaller cage, they seem to prefer it. Nothing wrong with serious either, sometimes playful and hyper is exhausting depends on what you want. I consider my plet to be serious and sensitive and he and I have the strongest bond. Sometimes his calmness is a breath of fresh air in comparison to my linnie who loves to play and is all over the place. But I also love to watch her antics. My budgie is in the middle as far as energy/playfulness. All birds can have their silly moments, but I call them serious and sensitive because that is how they are most if the time (my dads sennies and my plet). They notice things in their environments that other birds don't. But I love sennies. I just think socialized cockatiels, linnies, or meyers would be a better family pet for families with small children. I do think a sennie would be a far better choice than an amazon or parrotlet lol. I know people don't consider budgies parrots, but honestly my little budgie is adorable and just as engaging as my other birds but without their cons lol.

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From what I've been reading you can never be 100% positive in how the birds personality would be, just like a kid lol. Yeah maybe I'll go see some birds and get some ideas. Thank you guys !!
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Go on YouTube and type in the kind of parrot you might like. You can hear them see them. Great way to see what is out there. Linnies are great small birds. My kids had cockatiels when they were small and they were good with them.

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My vote is for a cockatiel. That was my first bird too. I like starting out with a baby so they haven't learned any bad habits, others may disagree. If you can actually go with your kids to a bird shop for a look, they will let you and the kids hold them.

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Every bird is an individual, so it's hard to make species specific recommendations. With little kids, I would shy away from any potentially phobic or mellow species - they tend not to do well with all the screaming and fast movements of little kids, so that's poi's, eclectus, etc. You want something with a stable, gregarious personality that will go to all the kids and be gentle. You're a stay at home mom, yea? Have you considered cockatoos? If you stay at home, and keep a nice routine, a cockatoo can fit in very nicely. You would have the time to dedicate and the kids would be relatively safe handling them since they're a more mellow species, generally.

The bigger 'toos tend to be the more mellow, I'm thinking specifically of umbrellas However, a goffins or lesser sulfur crested is a good size, still very snuggly and hands on, but also hyper little puff balls, so will want to bounce, play, run around, come to get a snuggle or two, then bounce off to the next adventure They're very smart, can be decent talkers. Not super clear, but can learn quite a few words. They can be needy, but if you keep a regular schedule and routine, include the bird in your daily life, they settle in quite well. The key is to have the cage in a central area where they can still see everyone and feel like they are a "part of the flock" as well as letting them out for play time

Do you have a specific size requirement or budget? If we know that, we can offer some realistic suggestions too for you, that way we don't suggest $1,500 birds haha



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Before considering a cockatoo please check out mytoos.com. There are very few people who can adequately take on a U2 or M2.

No matter which bird you choose make sure to properly socialize it and introduce it to lots of different situations.

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