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New Classroom Pet
I am a special education teacher in an elementary school. Last year I took our tiel to school as a classroom pet. It was a wonderful experience. His personality annoyed us at home, especially my husband, but was great for the classroom. He was not very affectionate, you could not pet him but he did not bite and loved to just hang out on shoulders, steal toys (legos, math counters) or share snacks. Unfortunately we lost him last spring. This summer we adopted a quaker for a family pet and ended up getting a conure as well. They are both wonderful birds for our family. I was hoping the conure would be able to go to school with me, but his personality is so timid I believe the noise and activity level of the classroom would stress him out and his poops are too big.
So, now I am thinking of looking for a new cockatiel. But is there another breed that may be a good match? I want a bird that can : handle being in and out of the cage (often the cage was open and he could come and go as he wanted) , interact with children (and adults) at some level (doesn't have to be overly cuddly but can't bond to just one or two), enjoy activity and some noise for 8-9 hours a day (I do not have a quiet classroom with students sitting a desks all day) , not be overly noisy (typical level of noise is ok but not a bird that is constantly talking/singing/yelling), poop size/amount not too big or messy (parakeet, cockatiel is acceptable quaker, sun conure to big) The individual personality of the bird will be the deciding factor in the end. I would also prefer to get the bird through a rescue or rehoming situation rather than just a pet store.
I am familiar with parakeets but would prefer to get something more interesting or slightly bigger. The cockatiel was great but I don't want to limit my search if there is a different breed that would work well also.