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Linnie or Conure?

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I'm new to talkparrots but a member or talkbudgies! I have a question that I figured would be best answered here.

I live in a small apartment with myself, my boyfriend, two budgies, two cats, and three small (less than 5 gallon) fish tanks. I have experience with birds as I have owned budgies and a lovebird, and have worked with other birds such as finches, macaws, conures ect.

I am looking for a bird that is friendly, funny, cuddly, and can learn to talk but isn't super loud. I know conures can be loud but are still okay in apartments.

I'm really tossed up between a GCC (cinny, or turqouise) and a lineolated parakeet. Can someone give me pros and cons of each for apartment living?
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I think both birds have the potential to be loud, all birds make noise after all! However, I have had both species (2 linnies and 5 pyhurra conures) and I can say that I don't think you'd have any issues with them being in an apartment. A conure will be considerably louder though, even a green cheek. Both species have the potential to talk but it is unlikely, and even if they do I can vouch for conures not being fantastic at pronunciation They have very gravely voices and you can't often make out what they are saying. I had a black capped conure who could talk up a storm but in all honesty I had not got a clue what she was trying to tell me!

Green cheek conures are a lot more hands on and dependent on you than a linnie would be. Linnies can be very cuddly and social birds but IMO they seem to do a lot better in pairs or flocks and then there's the risk of you buying them and wanting nothing to do with you. I think the best thing to do would be to go and meet a few birds and see which you prefer, or even get to handle some. I think hands on experience with a species can really help but you've got to handle multiple birds, they're all unique. Most conures do love a good head scratch though, that can't be denied

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My two linnies are the quietest birds I've ever met. They are the perfect quiet bird and they've never bitten me. However, they aren't really interested in being pet and mine don't talk. I love mine and actually would like more, but because of that I also got my sennie. If I were you I'd get the gcc.

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Wow I have to say, the two species you have chosen couldn't be more different in my opinion or at least from my experience.

I currently own a linnie and I have pet sat and interacted with many GCCs. After those experiences, I chose to get a linnie. At the time a GCC was on my short list as well as a lovebird. So out of the three species, I chose a linnie. I also own a budgie and a parrotlet.

I agree with Daisy in that GCCs are going to be a lot more dependent and needy than you are used with budgies and also in comparison to linnies. They are a lot like a dog in the respect that they can never get enough attention, they will take as much as you can give, whereas linnies are happy to see you and also fine to play on their own. GCCs will also be louder, guaranteed. Even a quiet one will be much louder than the average linnie. GCCs are more excitable (which is when they like to make a lot of noise and are very silly, lol) and people oriented than linnies. GCCs are also known for not getting along well with others and being more moody and nippy when comparing them to linnies--from my experience this is very true. Linnies are much more docile, so there is a greater chance of them getting a long with others and they don't seem to vary in their moods very much at all. They are very consistent in their moods/personality. My linnie has never bitten me but even though have never owned a GCC, I have been bitten by them several times. In fact, I got nipped hard enough to bleed by one the other day at a petstore that has tame handfed birds that are out playing all day. GCCs are more cuddly than linnies as well. A GCC will be about twice the size of a linnie. GCCs are more similar to parrotlets in temperament than linnies in my opinion.

I think GCCs and linnies might only have three similarities, their poops are about the same size lol, they both are pretty messy birds in comparison to others their size or smaller, and they both can be playful-but linnies are better able to play independently than GCCs.

Pretty much they are the opposite of each other. Where the GCC is very gregarious, the linnie would be more reserved, where the GCC is more needy, the linnie would sway towards being more independent, where GCCs can be aggressive, linnies just aren't. Where GCCs are more interested in people, linnies tend to take more time to warm up and are overall less people oriented.

My linnie gets along great with my budgie. I only have one linnie and she does fine on her own and having playtime with her bff budgie daily. So that might be something to also consider. It is never a guarantee that two birds will get along, but it definitely has a greater chance of working out between a linnie and a budgie than between a GCC and a budgie. But I agree with Daisy that GCCs (and probably parrotlets even more so) are better at being a singly kept bird than a linnie. My linnie definitely is more confident having a friend, even if it is a budgie.

If you like the fact that GCCs are more people oriented and are more cuddly than linnies (and don't mind that they can be moody, nippy, and may not get along with other birds), but don't like the potential for loudness, or neediness, maybe consider a parrotlet. They are more similar to GCCs than linnies are but they differ from GCCs in that they are smaller, quieter, more independent, much less messy, can be more territorial, and a little less silly than GCCs in my opinion. Both GCCs and parrotlets can be nippy, moody, and aggressive towards other species but are more people oriented and cuddly than linnies or budgies.

Hope that helps. Let us know what you decide.
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I live in an apartment with only one room for living and sleeping, and my linnies are very good companions.
They are quiet, calm and considerate. When they see that I'm sleeping they won't chirp.
And I don't find them messy. They don't throw their food out of the cage and poop on my stuff seldom.
As far as I know from people who keep both species they fit well to budgies.
But in this case I would suggest you to buy a couple of linnies, a single one may not feel comfortable with two budgies, I would see a certain risk for behavioral problems.

I tell you honestly that my guys are not hand tame although they are bonded to me and like to be near me.
And they don't talk.
sorry to say that I can't tell you anything about conures, but you already got great advice.
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Thank you everyone for the wonderful information. I think I have chosen to go with a conure. They just seem to be more of a fit for my lifestyle. Linnies are adorable and all, but I want a bird that can be a companion and with all the information I've got on here, Linnies do better in pairs.. Which makes it harder to tame/bond them. Conures are great on their own, are people birds and are for the most part quiet. Thanks again guys! I shall share pics when I get it. But at this point in time they still need to breed them!
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To me it is not even a contest - linnies are the best. If you get a hundred baby and get just one, they are the best. And I have heard a couple of them that talk very clear. When you get more than one they are going to bond to each other and not you.
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I'd go with the linnie. First I had one and he bonded well with me, very sweet doesn't bite and quiet compared to a conure. Love the linnies so much I adopted 2 more and oh what fun! Plus you can let the budgies out with the linnie but not with the conure.

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Hoping to put my deposit on this beautiful baby bird tomorrow, and have him no later then next weekend! <3
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Wow he's a beaut... Is he a Turq?
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Wow he's a beaut... Is he a Turq?

He is! I <3 him! Hopefully all goes well and I can put the deposit on him later today!
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Yay congratulations!

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Good choice. He is gorgeous

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Put the deposit down today! Get him next week!
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Wonderful! Hope it all goes well for you

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I'm happy for you! But understand if your conure gets too loud in an apt. your land lord has the right to make you move. Hoping for the best.

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My green cheek is my quietest bird!
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[QUOTE=ParrotletsRock;189641]My green cheek is my quietest bird![/QU

Kudos! You are lucky my friend has a real screamer and they are very good with him.

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My parrotlet is my loudest single bird... lol. He rivals the 5 budgies!
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