Cockatiels or conures? - Talk Parrots Forums

Talk Parrots General General parrot discussion, questions, help and information.

Closed Thread
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 02-21-2014, 08:40 PM Thread Starter


 
ilovepets's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Massachusetts
Age: 23
Posts: 1,148
Thanks: 35
Thanked 319 Times in 180 Posts
Rep Power: 15
         
Cockatiels or conures?

Which one do you like better and why?

I know conures can be cuddly and loving and can also be needy and "controlling", but are tiels similar?


Leon Butch Baby Bird Pickles Bowie Bobby Leo Ace Cheerio
for my other pets: cat, rabbit, 6 fish tanks, 2 fire belly newts, 2 african dwarf frogs, 22+ crayfish, fish

Last edited by ilovepets; 02-21-2014 at 08:43 PM.
ilovepets is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 02-21-2014, 08:53 PM
Uno


 
Uno's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Bundaberg - Australia
Age: 76
Posts: 355
Thanks: 172
Thanked 221 Times in 137 Posts
Rep Power: 9
       
As I've never had anything to do with conures, I really can't answer your question Shelly.
However, as a cockatiel slave I know that they can be cuddly and affectionate, and love scritches.
They can also be very bossy and controlling, well I know that Tilly can.

Cheers,

John.
Uno is offline  
post #3 of 26 (permalink) Old 02-21-2014, 09:28 PM
 
BirdCrazyJill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Syracuse, NY
Posts: 921
Thanks: 12
Thanked 450 Times in 340 Posts
Rep Power: 9
   
I love my cockatiels, can't get enough of them Never had a conure, but I love the GCC varieties. Maybe some day!
BirdCrazyJill is offline  
 
post #4 of 26 (permalink) Old 02-22-2014, 06:24 AM


 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: New Jersey, USA
Posts: 462
Thanks: 133
Thanked 222 Times in 170 Posts
Rep Power: 7
   
I like them both equally only for completely different reasons. The conures, depending on the species, can be quite amusing and loving but tiels are so much easier to take care of and so very sweet-tempered...
petiteoiseau is offline  
post #5 of 26 (permalink) Old 02-22-2014, 08:14 AM
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 159
Thanks: 0
Thanked 50 Times in 42 Posts
Rep Power: 8
 
I am a big cockatiel fan. Don't know about conures, never had one. Cockatiels are much cheaper though.

My Fids -Candy and Tony
eduardo is offline  
post #6 of 26 (permalink) Old 02-22-2014, 08:57 AM


 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 3,245
Thanks: 325
Thanked 620 Times in 487 Posts
Rep Power: 34
                     
Not sure I could pick a fave out of my GCC or my tiel... They are both very hands on.. Cuddly to the max, love to be held and petted and sweet tempered.
ParrotletsRock is offline  
post #7 of 26 (permalink) Old 02-22-2014, 03:08 PM Thread Starter


 
ilovepets's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Massachusetts
Age: 23
Posts: 1,148
Thanks: 35
Thanked 319 Times in 180 Posts
Rep Power: 15
         
I'm so between the two for a future bird

Here is another question that I have had: do cockatiels scream or just whistle loudly?

Leon Butch Baby Bird Pickles Bowie Bobby Leo Ace Cheerio
for my other pets: cat, rabbit, 6 fish tanks, 2 fire belly newts, 2 african dwarf frogs, 22+ crayfish, fish
ilovepets is offline  
post #8 of 26 (permalink) Old 02-22-2014, 03:34 PM


 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 3,245
Thanks: 325
Thanked 620 Times in 487 Posts
Rep Power: 34
                     
Mine is a hen... She just has a very loud contact call... She is much louder than my GCC but the GCC has a pitch that my son hates...lol
ParrotletsRock is offline  
post #9 of 26 (permalink) Old 02-22-2014, 03:40 PM



 
catalinadee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: UK
Posts: 17,637
Thanks: 1,593
Thanked 2,007 Times in 1,575 Posts
Rep Power: 99
                     
I couldn't choose between the two, the both have their pros and cons but make wonderful companions. You're talking about green cheeks though yes?

And yes, cockatiels can scream and boy can they be loud!

- Alexandrine parakeets Holly, George, Koda & - Crimson rosella Kasumi Orange winged Amazon parrot Paulie
catalinadee is offline  
post #10 of 26 (permalink) Old 02-22-2014, 04:03 PM
Uno


 
Uno's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Bundaberg - Australia
Age: 76
Posts: 355
Thanks: 172
Thanked 221 Times in 137 Posts
Rep Power: 9
       
Quote:
Originally Posted by catalinadee View Post
And yes, cockatiels can scream and boy can they be loud!
...and don't I know it. My cockatiel and princess parrot are currently trying to outdo one another in an early morning screaming match, I think the princess parrot is winning, but only just.
I must get myself a decible meter.

Cheers,

John.
Uno is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to Uno For This Useful Post:
4thebirds (02-22-2014)
post #11 of 26 (permalink) Old 02-22-2014, 06:20 PM
 
gemini1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: SF Bay area California
Posts: 686
Thanks: 843
Thanked 420 Times in 280 Posts
Rep Power: 8
 
I had a female cockatiel for 7 years. She was fine til the last year when she started to scream. My hubby also had a Heart attack that year and her loudness became stressful for him so I gave her to my good friend who raises tiels. I tried everything that was suggested to reduce her screams even borrowed a male tiel which she didn't want. Getting another bird was fine with my hubby. Soon I will be getting my last linnie so they each have a companion. My friends have conures but I don't care for them, they seem louder to me, bite hard not wanted to let go. My tiel was a breeze to train.

owned by linnies: Levi, Skyler Karma, and Bindi
gemini1 is offline  
post #12 of 26 (permalink) Old 02-22-2014, 07:31 PM
 
BirdCrazyJill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Syracuse, NY
Posts: 921
Thanks: 12
Thanked 450 Times in 340 Posts
Rep Power: 9
   
mine will only scream if they hear us upstairs, but usually stop when we call back to them (usually telling them to shut up ) it's usually bad the first few weeks of having them home because they are getting used to the new surroundings, but they don't do it much now
BirdCrazyJill is offline  
post #13 of 26 (permalink) Old 02-22-2014, 08:39 PM
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 159
Thanks: 0
Thanked 50 Times in 42 Posts
Rep Power: 8
 
My Tony can scream but it's not often. Out of the blue, something will upset him, and he will scream. Candy's calls are much softer and she doesn't have that "yelling" annoying scream like Tony. But I would say, they are fairly quiet birds in general. And fairly gentle and easy to handle.

My Fids -Candy and Tony
eduardo is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to eduardo For This Useful Post:
gemini1 (02-23-2014)
post #14 of 26 (permalink) Old 02-22-2014, 08:48 PM


 
4thebirds's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: California
Posts: 1,616
Thanks: 1,109
Thanked 903 Times in 591 Posts
Rep Power: 17
             
I haven't had much intimate interaction with cockatiels, but everyone says they are so sweet natured and males are louder-females manageable. And that they can be very cuddly. Gccs I have interacted with a lot and even fostered one for 3 weeks. From what people say about cockatiels, gccs seem to be different in that they can be moodier, nippier, louder, sillier, and less likely to get along with other birds when compared to cockatiels.

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." ~Anatole France
Owned by & slave to: Oliver, Gemma, Cozette, & the English Budgie Crew
4thebirds is offline  
post #15 of 26 (permalink) Old 02-22-2014, 09:10 PM Thread Starter


 
ilovepets's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Massachusetts
Age: 23
Posts: 1,148
Thanks: 35
Thanked 319 Times in 180 Posts
Rep Power: 15
         
Quote:
Originally Posted by catalinadee View Post
I couldn't choose between the two, the both have their pros and cons but make wonderful companions. You're talking about green cheeks though yes?

And yes, cockatiels can scream and boy can they be loud!
I am mostly talking in terms of GCC, sunnies, jendays

Is there any videos of a screaming cockatiel? I am interested to hear what it would sound like because I thought they only whistled loud

Leon Butch Baby Bird Pickles Bowie Bobby Leo Ace Cheerio
for my other pets: cat, rabbit, 6 fish tanks, 2 fire belly newts, 2 african dwarf frogs, 22+ crayfish, fish
ilovepets is offline  
post #16 of 26 (permalink) Old 02-22-2014, 11:58 PM


 
aether-drifter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Age: 34
Posts: 328
Thanks: 202
Thanked 226 Times in 124 Posts
Rep Power: 9
   
I think it depends on your personality, and consequently which you mesh better with. Do you want an energetic, ultra-playful, clownish companion that always keeps you on your toes, or do you want a more "chill" companion who's happy to sit with you and relax while you offer scritches? I currently have four tiels and have cared for more than twice that number, so I can tell you they are all individuals. But, the tendency is for them to be relatively relaxed. They like to play but are generally not clownish in the way that conures are, and though they love head scratches it's rare that they enjoy full-body cuddles, being flipped in their backs, etc. (like a lot of conures do).

Personally, I'm more of a tiel person; I'm laid-back and fairly quiet. Tiels can be loud, but conures are loud in a different way. To me, their calls sound more "jungle-esque." Tiels can have a piercing alarm call but generally don't use it constantly. My current four are incredibly quiet overall.
aether-drifter is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to aether-drifter For This Useful Post:
gemini1 (02-23-2014)
post #17 of 26 (permalink) Old 02-23-2014, 02:28 AM
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 103
Thanks: 94
Thanked 49 Times in 40 Posts
Rep Power: 7
 
I had a tiel years ago. I believe it was a female. Was a hand raised baby I got. Very sweet and quiet. Even mimicked my fiancé at the time laughing. GCCs are cool, fairly quiet, at least Shelby is, now squirrel... Is another story, but is getting better. GCCs tend to be the quietest of the conures. Sun and jendays can be very loud. I met a sun years ago at a shop and fell in love with it. But times weren't right then for me. It was very sweet and gentle. But as I researched when I wanted to step up to a medium parrot this last year I decided on a GCC and git Shelby. She was hand fed/raised mostly, but the lady I got her from had to take in her elderly mother due to illness and wasn't able to totally finish the last couple weeks of training with her and her clutch mates. Hence I got her for a very good price, she has come along pretty well since I got her in October. Still working with poor squirrel, has quieted down a lot, just now working on the jitteriness, and nervousness he/she has. One day when I get a nicer place and can have a suitable bird room I'd like to get a Hahns or severe macaw or even a sennie. Don't really want to go much bigger than those though....

-Eric
Turk
Dobby
Peeps
Shelby Cinnamon GCC
Jalapeño
Mochi
Squirrel Yellow Sided GCC
etc1006 is offline  
post #18 of 26 (permalink) Old 02-23-2014, 06:16 AM


 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: New Jersey, USA
Posts: 462
Thanks: 133
Thanked 222 Times in 170 Posts
Rep Power: 7
   
I thought you were talking about GCCs and tiels. Sunnies, jendays and sundays are completely different... much, much, much louder.
petiteoiseau is offline  
post #19 of 26 (permalink) Old 02-23-2014, 12:34 PM Thread Starter


 
ilovepets's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Massachusetts
Age: 23
Posts: 1,148
Thanks: 35
Thanked 319 Times in 180 Posts
Rep Power: 15
         
I know conures can get very loud (and tiels too) but I am looking at personality wise. It seems like tiels are loving but in petting terms, not as loving as conures. I found a bird rescue that I have been looking into (they have about 60 parrots there for adoption!) and they have many kinds of conures including sunnies, jenday, blue crowned, and red fronted (I think that's what their called) and I believe they have a nanday. Aside from noise level, are conure personalities similar? Or are some more independent that others?

Leon Butch Baby Bird Pickles Bowie Bobby Leo Ace Cheerio
for my other pets: cat, rabbit, 6 fish tanks, 2 fire belly newts, 2 african dwarf frogs, 22+ crayfish, fish
ilovepets is offline  
post #20 of 26 (permalink) Old 02-23-2014, 02:14 PM
 
gemini1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: SF Bay area California
Posts: 686
Thanks: 843
Thanked 420 Times in 280 Posts
Rep Power: 8
 
I'd like to add male tiels will whistle the one I saw was very good too
My female Latte was quiet most of the time. She loved pets, cuddles and being on my shoulder. I'm an artist Latte would love to spend time just watching me and playing around on my art table. I think for Latte her calling was for me I think I cuddled her TOO MUCH and could not be with all the time. Her calling didn't bother me but her pitch was like nails on a chalk board type of irritation for my hubby after he had his heart attack. My hubby did feel horrible that I had to give her away. I miss Latte!! Think of her often even though it's been a couple years. So if not for my hubby I would have tiels!! If you want to hear how the tiel and conure scream walk into a room of birds with them in a bird shop. My experience is some will scream as an alarm that someone new is in the room. My local bird shop boards birds and re-homes others in need. It's a wonderful feeling for me to see all these different birds to the point I sometimes go to this bird shop just to look and see

owned by linnies: Levi, Skyler Karma, and Bindi

Last edited by gemini1; 02-23-2014 at 02:21 PM.
gemini1 is offline  
Closed Thread

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Talk Parrots Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome