Hi everyone, now this is just a general question before we get started
I live in Australia NSW and I plan on purchasing a medium to large size parrot after I have finished with future ambitions over the next few years with a job. Now I will be having a pair of budgies in November and caring for them to the best of my ability and knowledge. But when I am finished with this job I will have a lot of free time on my hands and working part-time/casual and attending University. So I will have 3-4 days a week free and 6 hours give or take each day. So after the interest was sparked I did lots of research and came to the conclusion with the help of members of various forums (including this one) that budgies were more practical for a first time owner who for a year will be absent from their lives due to work. So that is the back story to this question and my future circumstances considered.
So in your opinion, based on experience etc., what would be your pick for a parrot that is in that medium (cockatiel, conure, alexandrine) to large (Corella, Eclectus, Macaw) would you suggest be a good companion pet for all my years to come? I am open to your opinions and criticism
. I don't exactly want a "needy" bird that demands 24/7 attention and cries about it if it doesn't. I am okay with a bird that will make a little bit of noise now and again and will be happy with some days not having as much as others. It is really hard to describe what I am after without conflicting myself haha. But if I had to describe the bird I am after; likes attention and doesn't scream when it doesn't get hours of one on one time. Can be petted but doesn't have to be as such, it doesn't have to talk just being able to interact with me and learn a few tricks would be nice. And lastly will do okay being with other birds or people.
Okay now we have that out of the way. Noise level can be medium, so long as it isn't like a cockatoo's screeching call haha. I know that each bird is individual and the bigger the bird, the more attention its needs as a general rule (with exceptions). I know that some have special diets and needs etc. and the list goes on. I have done my research on parrots and I just want other peoples opinions who have more experience. I am leaning towards a male eclectus parrot. I just need to know if you need a licence to own them in Australia. However with the eclectus being said as preferred, I would be quite happy with a conure (white eyed, GCC, pineapple etc.). I have the space for them. I don't want a macaw just yet... they might be a bit of a huge and irrational step from budgies haha. So just an edit, anything as large as a conure or cockatiel and above.
thanks in advance, remember just looking for an opinion because I might not be able to get another bird for some years to come.