Daisy has been very tolerant of my tiny birds. When she was in the store, a baby love bird flew over and landed on her head. She sat very still while the owner retrieved it, and it took a little while for him to do so. I do not believe she would allow one of our birds to land on her head, though, but she knows they are not babies, and that they have better control over their flights and landings than a baby does. She will open her beak and "threaten" Elisa, the linnie, when she flies close to her head now, but she won't go after her if she lands on the same playstand, and my playstands are really quite small. Be warned, though, at one point someone on either the linnie forum or this forum posted that their Maxi killed their linnie, so this is an individual thing.
Daisy hates Roni, my senegal. She does her pionus strut whenever they are both out on playstands at the same time. Pois are known to be aggressive toward most other birds. When Daisy first came home, Roni would try to get over to her, now they both just stay in their own spot, so I think Daisy probably had to show Roni she wasn't going to take anything from her.
I used to give Daisy and Shira, my green cheek, baths together, but I haven't for a while. Shira would cuddle up next to Daisy, then, and Daisy would begrudgingly allow it. Shira picks on the little birds now, though, and so I think Shira might try to bully Daisy, too. If she did, I think Daisy could kill Shira if she wanted to, and so I have curtailed their contact for now. If things change for the better, I might reconsider that.
Bourkes are dolls. They are the bird I recommend second for children, cockatiels being the first. Ours was hand-fed, and Cannary picked her out before she was weaned and played with her while she finished weaning, so she is probably more friendly than many, but I've read lots of stories of other bourkes who are just as sweet. I would be afraid to let lovies have physical contact with bourkes, but your individual lovies might be ok. I'm told Stanley is somewhat unusual for a bourkes - a better pet than most, but I've also read of many other outstanding bourkes pets. They are somewhat similar to cockatiels in personality, but not quite as affectionate. Stanley likes to spend hours on us, and she like to be petted, but only in the direction of her feathers. If you decide to stay with small type parrots, I would recommend a bourkes, but if you are really hankering for a larger bird experience, a bourkes won't give you that. They are fabulous little birds, but they have little bird personalities - which may make no sense. Financially, though, bourkes are great! They don't eat much and they take forever to destroy their toys. Stanley loves toys and plays constantly, but she doesn't tear them up. She would still have all of her original toys if she didn't live with our linnie.
Linnies are like little pionus, but they eat a lot less. I think Elisa eats about a third as much as Daisy. Daisy's toys are bigger than Elisa's, but she tears them up at about the same rate Elisa does.
(I'm sorry, this has nothing to do with this post, but I have to insert it. Ashlynn is practicing "coughing".
I thought maybe Cannary was getting sick, but it is the grey! She is such a nerd.)
Check out the linnie forum to find out more about linnies. I think their personalities are very well represented there.
If I wanted a "large" bird experience, but was planning to have babies and other pets, I would go with a female Maximillian pionus - but for very specific reasons.
1) They are big enough to allow more interaction with the kids at a younger age. I've taken the bourkes, the linnie, and the Maxi to school. All three of those birds are gentle enough to trust with kids, but the kids are much more of a danger to the little guys than to the Maxi.
2) They are not as expensive to maintain as most larger parrots. My Maximillian costs me less than a third as much to keep in food and toys as my grey. She eats half as much, but the real savings is in the toys. If you made your own toys, you might not have as much discrepency in the overall maintenance cost.
3) They do not require as much interaction and supervision as other larger parrots. Daisy does not view my furniture as something to destroy. She likes affection, but she is ok to just hang out.
4) They can talk and imitate, but they don't imitate everything they ever hear. Kids don't think about the future, and teenagers can teach birds some nasty things. Do know, though, that it is quite common for all pionus to imitate crying. Daisy doesn't, but she is one of the few pionus I know who doesn't "cry". Actually, Daisy doesn't really talk. She says one phrase, "Good morning". Maxi's in general are supposed to be the best talkers of the pionus, but Daisy isn't one of them.
Understand that all of these traits that I have listed are the very things that PREVENT most people from getting a pionus. Most people who are searching for a large bird want something more playful, more demanding, more interactive, and a better imitator and talker.
Daisy is the bird I get out when I have work to do and I just want a bird to hang out with me. She is the bird who comes out when we have children visiting. If I knew I was going to die, and I had to find homes for the birds, Daisy is the one I would have no fear of giving to an inexperienced owner as long as I knew the person was good around pets in general.
The bourkes and the linnie are very similar to Daisy, and except for their smallness making them more vulnerable to inadvertently being killed by a child - or anyone - everything I said about Daisy applies to them when it comes to being around children and inexperienced bird people.