can't beat a female tiel for cuddliness... but they dont talk
(males do, but theyre usually not as cuddly as the females. friendly and just as good of a pet, but generally not as cuddly)
but poicephalus are great well rounded little birds who are fairly quiet. tippa has some great suggestions
theyre cuddly and many learn to talk, and theyre not overly challenging parrots
english budgies are known to be good talkers, but not good cuddlers.
ive heard pionus also arent generally cuddly either nor the best talkers.
for the record, my female tiel
my male likes head scratches and loves to be with me too, but tiels arent known to be the best talkers. though males can talk, theyre not the clearest. theyre more whistlers. theyre also more bold and out going than females, the females tend to be happy to be velcro birds and snuggle with you lol