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Species Advice for a College Student
I have been interested in acquiring a pet bird for years now, but I have only recently found myself in a situation where it might be possible. I am by no means going to buy a bird right now. I would like to see how the semester plays out now that I no longer have to share a room with someone else, but it is definitely something I plan to do as soon as I'm sure that I can give a bird what it needs.
I was hoping some of you could give me advice on which type of parrot I should look into. Here's generally what I'm looking for:
-On the small side, can hopefully fit in a not-too-big cage (but I plan to have it out and about in my room for at least a couple hours every day).
-Very affectionate, will enjoy sitting on my shoulder (I know, so cliche), being petted, and generally being held and around people. I don't expect to bring it around huge groups of people, but I don't want it to bite my friends fingers.
-Trainable, not necessarily a huge talker, but maybe a few words and some tricks.
-Quiet- I will have neighbors living right next to me, so a bird that shrieks is definitely a no-go. I understand that all birds chatter, but some birds are louder than others.
-Not super messy- This one may be obvious, but I don't have a super large space and it would be much easier if a bird mostly contained its mess to its cage. I know all birds are messy! I am also concerned about the dust issue that some birds, such as cockatiels, have, especially considering it would be living near where I sleep.
-Not super expensive- I am a student, and I understand that with annual check ups, food, and toys, birds can be expensive pets. I would prefer to not spend too much on the initial purchase so that I can save for the continued care of my bird.
I do have a few birds in mind, but please let me know what you think would fit my lifestyle best!