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Deciding on next bird

I was thinking about another bird before we lost Kermit, so no, it isn't to replace her. Though I'd like to fill the void she left. I'm looking at another bird probably over the summer. We are moving next month and I want to be settled first. Plus we will have more room for bird cages and play areas at the new place.

So what I am looking for is something that is not terribly ear piercing. Something that likes to play with toys, but enjoys some cuddling on occasion. I am not counting conures out, but it would have to be the smaller species if I go that route. I currently just have the two Splendid parakeets (who will be set up for breeding later this summer). I had a Pionus at one point but good grief she was loud as all get out (in volume and pitch).

I was thinking of possibly another conure, IRN, Meyers, or maybe a Goffins. Any other suggestions? I adore my Splendids but want something a little bigger.



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Libby, my Pineapple Green Cheek Conure, isn't too loud at all. She's smaller than a Sun Conure and TONS more quiet! She's smart, funny, cuddly and beautiful. She plays with all her toys all day long, she loves foraging, loves taking a bath, and is a good eater. She loves being with me and she's just as good playing by herself in her cage.

I learned about Pineapple GCC's by doing a search for "the quietest Conure" and immediately fell in love!

I've had many different kinds of birds over the years, and I think Libby is just the best bird EVER! Highly recommended!

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Ya, my GCC had her noisey moments (pretty much any time we wanted quiet!), but over all she was quiet. I know there are some others in that same family tend to be less nippy. I do adore the yellowsided mutation though. There was one hanging upside down at Petco today, and it was soooo pretty.



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I would say if you don't want loud, DON"T get a Goffin's. I grew up with 2 of them and they are LOUD. Louder than a sun conure loud. But, they are great birds!
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Thx, good to know. I have only met some of these in the bird store play area, so I don't have a lot of experience with typical noise level. The birdstore is generally loud enough that you can't tell who is doing what. lol



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how about a quaker ?

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If it is noise then don't get a cockatoo at all! Have you considered a Linnie? They're great fairly small birds. Most members on here with them couldn't recommend a better bird. They're super fun to be around. Mine aren't very loud at all. They have the odd moment. But that's it

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INRs are loud so i dont advise you get one if you are looking for something thats not so loud

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my 2 green cheeks are not loud at all they only do screech when they hear the kookaburras outside but in saying that it generally lasts 30seconds if that.

my budgies on the other hand make crazy commotions when they get excited
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Have you considered Linnies?



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I have considered linnies but from what I hear they like to burrow into things, and that would increase the liklihood of them being sat on or something. I'd hate to have something happen like that so I'm looking more at GCC or larger size birds.



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or what about a cockatiel? They are amazing birds( although I am a bit biased) Mine are very cuddly and mine arent loud at all.



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How about a parrotlet? We have one, and she is the quietest we have. She is cuddly at times, and does love her toys. She is able to entertain herself quite well with her toys. Cockatiels are nice, and not too loud. We also have green cheek conures. I would never say they are a quiet species.
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Parrotlets are great too, I have 2 of those and 2 linnies.

Cockatiels are absolutely great, 99.99% but my one tiel Joey can really crank up the volume, it's ear piercingly painful

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Yeah, linnies do like to burrow I can understand worrying about them. As for parrotlets, many people have them and they are very quiet... mine are the loudest birds in the house and are constantly peeping away and bickering. As a single bird, Midge peeped and chittered a lot, but not quite so loud



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Ok so after much research these are some that have sort of risen to the top of the list. I really don't want a tiny bird like a parakeet or linnie, or parrotlet. We do have cats. They are trained to not go after our birds but a small flittering bird is hard for them to resist. For that reason Meep and Rhett do not get much out of cage time. I want what ever bird we get to be able to be on me or a play stand most of the day.

Another GCC (YS or Pineapple) - there is actually one at Petco that is not happy there, and is so beautiful. It took everything I had to not bring him home. Poor baby. I took a pic on my cell phone and keep looking at it.

Crimson Bellied Conure - similar to GCC in personality and noise but they are not supposed to be as nippy, which would be a nice change.

Dusky Conure - Quieter than a Sun but still very clownish and sweet.

And then I am looking for info from people about Meyers as far as typical noise (more the pitch, as it's the shrill calls that kill me more than chatter). I have met a Meyers before and loved its personality. Maybe a Jardines (though they are on the high range of what I'd like to spend) or Senegal...

Possibly a Dusky Pionus, though they are harder to find in this area and tend to be pricey. They are really sweet though. I met one at the bird store last year and wanted to sneak her out in my coat.



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Poicephalus do not generally make a lot of noise, but the pitch is high. Our senegal's pitch is higher than our maximillian's, if that helps you. Also, it is higher than the green cheek's. It is a shrill pitch. That is the best way I can describe it. The only bird my son is bothered by is the senegal, because of the pitch of her call. To him, it sounds like nails on a chalk board. Poicephalus noise does not bother me at all, and my mother, who also lives with us, can never even hear Roni, although she does hear the birds whose voices have lower pitches. It must all depend on a person's ears.


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I would go for a dusky conure if I were you, but that's just my own opinion, that or another green cheek hehe

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Ya I think I have narrowed it down to one of the three Conures. Still researching. I'd like to meet some of them in person. There is a breeder with Crimson Bellied babies just hatching, but they are far enough that I'd have to have it shipped. Not sure how I feel about that. I'd prefer to meet it in person first I think. Anyone bought a weaned baby and had it shipped to them without meeting it first?



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Do you still have Rhett? I have an 8 mo old Scarlet Chested Parakeet, and would love to know your thoughts on him.



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