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I have a senegal, which is in the same family as the meyers. If the bird is already affectionate, I would expect it to remain affectionate. In general, meyers are supposed to be nicer than senegals.
I will tell you what my senegal is like, and then you can consider that a meyers will likely be a little less intense than my senegal is.
As far as affectionate goes, I would consider her affectionate. She likes me to pet her on the head and neck for sevearl minutes at a time, and would be up for that several times a day. I have known senegals who like to be petted all over, but I do not pet Roni all over because it gives her the wrong idea. It makes her think I want to be her mate, and I don't want her to think that.
Roni is smart and learns tricks easily. She is great at entertaining herself, which is very important because that means I do not have to give her more attention than I have time to give her.
She talks a little, and she uses the few words that she has appropriately. She is good about staying on a play stand when that is what she needs to do.
African birds tend to become frightened easily, although meyers less so in general than senegals. It is important to calmly and consistently introduce them to many things while they are young to help with this. Senegals are prone to becoming one-person birds, but meyers are more likely to like everyone in the family if all family members treat them well.
Roni does tend to become over-stimulated. When that happens, she can bite quickly. Therefore, I watch her body language, and when she is too wound up I do not hold her. Even though she can and does bite at these times, she has never bitten hard enough to break the skin or leave a welt. She could. She has not.
Poicephalus do not tend to scream, but they do have a loud beep that to some people sounds like fingernails on a chalk board. Be certain that you have heard this call before you commit to a poicephalus. The call is not painful to my ears, but I know people who cannot tolerate it.
I do recommend poicephalus as pets. They enjoy petting, doing tricks, riding around on their people, and hanging out. They can easily be raised to enjoy a wide variety of toys and to entertain themselves in their cages and on play stands. Additionally, meyers are supposed to be one of the calmest and gentlest of all of the poicephalus.