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Help finding the right kind of bird for me :)

I am torn on what kind of parrot to get that fits my needs best (and that would match up so I can fit their needs). I am in LOVE with parrotlets, and want one very badly, but my boyfriend doesn't particularly like how high pitched their voices are. He said He can deal with it, but I dont want it to become an issue of contention between us when He gets annoyed, especially since they live so long. The other parrot I really like is the Senegal parrot. However, if there is another bird that you think fits my wants/needs better, please let me know!

Basically, here is what I want: I am unable to work due to medical problems, meaning I am home all day/night by myself whenever Alex is working or otherwise occupied. I am also bipolar (mild form), but when I get really lonely, my mental state gets a lot worse and harder to handle. We are wanting to get me a pet to keep me company, and also to give me some responsibilities and things I can do, rather than sitting home all day being bored. I am looking for a pet that I can play with, but also likes to snuggle and maybe watch a movie. If the birdie I get can learn to talk, great! But this is not a huge deciding factor for me. Also, we would be in an apartment, so I cannot have extremely loud birds or ones that need a lot of space. I also need to have a bird, that while bonded to me, will not be aggressive towards my boyfriend, as He may have to help me take care of them at times, and would like to be able to play with them and such as well.

The other thing with that is monthly expenses. Im not worried about initial expense, as Alex told me to pick what I wanted, and figure out all the expenses, and we would save however long we needed to get me what I really wanted and make sure it was all set up properly. However, the monthly expenses from there on out can also not be outrageous, if I want to be able to give them the care they deserve.

I have been doing a lot of research, but there is so much contradicting articles out there, so I was hoping that by asking people here, where I could ask for elaborations, may help me better prepare to be a new birdie mommy.

Thank you so much for any insight you can provide!

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Not all the time but parrotlets aren't that noisy. There are exceptions though. My sister hassle Senegal and loves her to pieces. Green cheek conures are generally cuddly and funny. They are very popular. My tiels are my cuddle bugs. IS it that you like smaller birds because there are linnies. I'd say go meet birds and when you meet one and fall in love you'll know you found the right fit for you.

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I have cockatiels and I love them! They aren't too loud and they love attention. Some males can talk if you work with them. And they're not extremely loud, though males do like to sing all day. You may consider researching them. They're not too expensive either.

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I agree, tiels are just amazing little birds, and friends. They are gentle and friendly, playful and cheerful, females are very quiet and tend to be cuddly, and males are a riot when they vocalize and show off. I have two tiels and they are just the best little birdies anyone could ask for. Good luck in your decision.
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Green cheeks will fit the bill nicely... They are very friendly , they can be a bit nippy but with handling and training they easily learn not to bite ... They can be a little hyper but love to hang out and cuddle, they are not big talkers, are not expensive , not to big or to small... Very nice little birds!
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Thank you for the suggestions guys! I am definitely doing my research, because I would hate to make a bad choice and not be able to properly care for my fid, especially because they live so long!
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Definitely look into cockatiels and any of the pyhurra family of conures ! You sound a lot like me

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Welcome here.
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Congratulations on doing your research.
I love tiels, they were my first birds.
My female used to sit down my top to keep warm.
she was a cutie and my male would talk up a storm!

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I'd suggest a cockatiel or a quaker! Both are cuddly and have funny attitudes. Cockatiels are supposedly more laid back and are known to be great whistlers, but not talkers. Quakers are more curious and are great talkers.


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Hey, when my cockatiel flock was around, all 4 of my males spoke very well and spoke a lot

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Thanks ya'll =D My boyfriend and I are going to be visiting rescues over the next few months so I can get idea of what species "speaks to me" per say
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Oh cool Daisy, I guess I never ever heard someone say they've heard them. Was it raspy?


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Not really. Not cute like an IRN voice. More like a loud whisper

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Now I think I remember seeing that once...


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Everyone has given you great advice but I would like to state that there is no guarantee that a bird will not be aggressive with hubby. Actually there is no guarantee that you won't bring a bird home, have it bond to hubby and be aggressive with you. When there is more then one person in the home, the bird will choose who they want to have as their mate.

In all my years of pet ownership, I've only had two birds that would go to everyone in the home... one was a maroon bellied conure and the other is Harley, my golden conure.

This is just an FYI, because I would hate to see the bird come home... not bond to you or be aggressive with hubby and be rehomed. Making the best decision for you is important but it is even more important to make the best decision for the bird you are bringing home to prevent rehoming and upsetting the bird's life.

Now to the birds... I have a fiery shouldered here that is an absolute sweetheart. He is bonded to me though. He is very very quiet and even my cockatiel is louder then him. He is a very tiny conure and loves to sit on my shoulder and get a head rub. He doesn't talk but his personality talks to me all the time. I also do not find him to be as nippy as other smaller conures I've dealt with. Another one is a maroon bellied conure. He was very good with everyone in the home, not extremely loud and loved his snuggle times. He also had amazing personality and did pick up a few words. As you can tell, I am a conure fanatic but I will warn you.... if you go to conures... they are like potato chips... you can't have just one. I think conures are the type of species that either you do not like them or you love them and can't get enough of them...

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Cockatiels are sweethearts. I got my first one several years ago just after being weaned. He lived for 15yrs. He could talk up a storm as well. He loved taking showers in the kitchen sink. He would say all of our babies names. When it was night time, he still chose to keep talking when he was covered you could see his crest going back and forth, hello baby girl, hi george. Oh, he'd imitate the microwave too. Males I believe are the better talkers. They are so lovable as well. If you are going to visit rescues, maybe you could try to foster one of your choice to see how it works out or just be a foster family. You'll know who you won't want to part with if it comes down to it, just a thought!
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I'd suggest a lineolated parakeet. They fit your description perfectly: They are fairly quiet birds and normally they will chatter quite a bit though I'm sure you will be able to handle this chatter. They are a tiny bit bigger than parrotlets, though not a lot. Their small size and noise factor makes them great for apartments. Yes, they can talk and they are actually pretty good at talking Talking Linnie - YouTube They are very playful and active, but not as hyper as budgies or aggressive as parrotlets. Linnies are more calm and thoughtful about how they play. There is something very peaceful about them. They love to be cuddled and would happily snuggle up with you all day if they could. We had one, and she loved to be on you all the time, and loved to be stroked and held. Of course though every bird is different and some may not like to be handled. The only real problem would be finding them. They are probably more common in the USA than they are here in the UK, but still not many people over here have them. I'd suggest you read this http://www.crittersonthings.com/lineolated.htm
A parrotlet could also be your ideal bird if you want a spunky, active bird with a lot of attitude. They have all the personality of a larger parrot, in one tiny little package. They can talk pretty well. They love to play and are smart and can be taught a wide variety of tricks. The noise shouldn't really be a problem, I still think they are noisier than linnies though.
I probably wouldn't suggest a senegal though as they have quite high pitched screetches that sound kind of like squeaky dog toys lol! They also are known to bond to one person, so unless your boyfriend socialized with the bird as well it may pick a favourite person. They are quite cuddly though and love to be held and petted. The website I linked you to gives information on senegals, parrotlets and linnies, though don't limit yourself to just 3. There are many more parrots that may be for you if you can find them.
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