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What Species? Help Me Choose!

Hello! I haven't been on this forum for a while, but I was hoping you guys could help me out. I had a Pacific Parrotlet named Saturday for four years. A couple of weeks ago, she got into an accident and died. It absolutely broke my heart. While I'm not ready for a new bird yet, I am ready to start looking around and thinking about my options. I'm looking into parrotlets, green cheek conures, and linnies. Maybe you guys can help me.

Basically, I'm not sure what kind of bird to get, for a few reasons. I loved Saturday with all my heart, and she was all parrotlet - big personality, opinionated, nippy, territorial, cuter than cute. But since she died so quickly, I'm really scared of having such a small bird again. She was just so delicate, and so tiny! I'm now a little frightened by how small parrotlets are!

A little about me: I'm a student (and hopefully/probably will be one for 2.5 more years before going to work full-time) who's home a lot during the day; I'm married, but my husband isn't much of a bird handler - he loved Saturday, but what he loved about her most was how much I loved her. We don't have kids or other pets. I live in an apartment, so noise is a genuine concern. I have a neighbor with a cockatiel, and the landlord ok'd the p'let, so I know birds are ok in my building, but I don't want a screamer. I also don't have a ton of space.

I'm looking for a bird with some personality who will want to be my friend and want to snuggle and hang out, but who can be independent and won't go to pieces if left alone. I don't have much training experience. I don't care if they talk or do tricks, I just want a bird friend to come home to and talk to and play with every day. Any thoughts?

Thank you all! I know it's a long post - can't wait to hear your ideas!
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I have a pair of linnies that sound like what you want. They don't make a lot of noise...they are quieter than my canaries...nothing that a neighbor would complain about ( or even a pet friendly roommate). When I let them out of their cage, they usually like to snuggle on my shoulder. They are a little hand shy, but they are very snuggly on my shoulder. They are also a little larger than parrotlets. I don't know how they compare to the other species because I have never had those.

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I have a parrotlet and a green cheek conure. Lily, my gcc, is very playful, loves snuggling, is friendly, relatively quiet (except occasionally when she yells it is LOUD), She is quiet every morning and plays in her cage until she sees me open my eyes, then she wants to PLAY!! She is in her cage while I am at work all day, and just seems happy to see me when I get home.

You know whar a parrotlet is like. Some are snuggly, some not. My first plet wanted to snuggle 24/7. Azuki will have nothing to do with it. He is happy when I get home, and wants to sit with me, but isn't a touchy feely guy.

You will need a big cage gor a gcc, all of my birds have fight cages. I think the budgies and Azuki would be fine in a smaller cage. Lily would not. She definitely needs the space. She also needs more toys to keep her occupied.

Food is about the same cost, Lily of course eats more. She is also messier when she eats. Be prepared to sweep up bird food from the floor everyday. With ky budgies and Azuki, I can go a couple of days.

I dont know ajything about linnies, so I can't give input there.. I was sad to hear about Saturday. The right bird will find you when the time is right.
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If the birds shouldn't be noisy I also would suggest linnies.
I'm living together with my linnies in a one rooom apartment without problems.
But I'd really suggest you to get a couple, linnies feel much more comfortable with a partner of their species. You also minimize the risk of behavioral problems like screaming and biting.
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I have two plets and both have different personalities. ..one sweeter and shyer, the other bolder. The things they both share is that both are snuggly, hands on, territorial, and bond very quickly to humans because they are bolder than the other two species I own. I also own a linnie . In general she isn't as hard to manage as the plets can be, but she took almost a year to really bond with me and only recently allows more snuggling. They do have a little bit of a challenging phase with puberty but if you have had a plet it shouldn't be an issue. Linnies aren't messier than plets with the exception of bigger poops than plets. Linnie contact calls are louder but less high pitched (still significantly quieter than gccs) than plets.

If you want something different than a plet, go with a linnie but be prepared that they take a lot longer to bond with humans and if you like bolder personalities versus sweet/shy, you are less likely to get that in a linnie. Lovebird might be another option. I have heard they are snuggly and less aggressive than plets but also bolder in personality. Same size as linnies.

I think you'd like linnies....they are just more serious and sweet than plets, versus plets are more snuggly and funny.

Also linnies are expensive. Check out the lineolated parakeet society fb page and you will most likely have to get one shipped...handtame of course. They are worth the price tho.

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All 3 species make an excellent choice but I think you'll find a green cheek conure more needy AND noisy in your situation! I would go for another parrotlet or a linnie. Unfortunately, no matter how big or small a bird is they're still extremely delicate beings

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I say get a linnie! They are my favorite. And I would only get one. If you get two they bond to each other and not with you.
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@4thebirds - I love the idea of linnies as more serious than parrotlets! For some reason that really makes me laugh - perhaps because of how seriously parrotlets take themselves!

@catalinadee - You're right, it doesn't matter how big they are, birds are just so delicate! I think with a little more time I'll get over my anxiety about another tiny bird - the extremely sudden loss of Saturday has left me a little shell-shocked, I guess. But there's no denying how perfect a p'let would be for my living situation.

I would really love a linnie, but I'm having a real devil of a time finding one. I love GCCs too, but I think the noise will be a real issue (my partner found even our p'let's contact calls a bit much). Probably, after all this rigamarole, we'll end up with another parrotlet. Just when I think I'm out... they pull me back in!

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There tons available on the lineolated parakeet society page. One person has some in Oregon, Arizona, and Pennsylvania, where are you? They ship really well, people do it all of the time.

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@4thebirds - I love the idea of linnies as more serious than parrotlets! For some reason that really makes me laugh - perhaps because of how seriously parrotlets take themselves!
Yes, plets take themselves seriously, linnies don't. They are just very serious/pensive in their temperament in comparison to plets...who I find can go with the flow more. Hard to explain, I love both, but I would definitely say get a linnie as you've already had a plet, so try something new! Both are very quiet and linnies have a lower pitch to their voice that many people prefer. Linnies also make a lot of really cute noises and are excellent talkers, although mine doesn't. Get a linnie, you won't regret it.

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There tons available on the lineolated parakeet society page. One person has some in Oregon, Arizona, and Pennsylvania, where are you? They ship really well, people do it all of the time.
I just got confirmed on the linnie society facebook page, and I'm putting the word out: girl seeks bird! Thanks for your help - it's so great to know there are people out there who want to help!

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Good luck with your search for a linnie. I know they are not widely available. I love mine to pieces. She really is the sweetest little thing.
I also have a budgie, who is at least 6 1\2 years old. She's a little on the small side (compared to my mom's budgie), but she's pretty tough--she's really the boss of my house!

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