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Quiet species with small poops?

Hi All,

So I need species recommendations. I currently have a budgie and a parrotlet. The budgie is very easy going and playful. The parrotlet more calm and cuddly. I am looking for maybe another species that is smallish, quiet, and does not have messy poops. I feel that both species I currently have meet these requirements for me, but I'd like something a little more playful/less flighty than my parrotlet and just a different species than a budgie.

Thoughts? Any easy going, intermediate level, small parrot species that you'd recommend? Something that is farely independent and for an owner that works full time. Messy poops and loud screeching are deal breakers.

Looking forward to hear everyone's recommends.
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Peach-faced lovebirds have small poops, and aren't especially loud...very high pitched though! Louder than my parrotlet. If you get a hand-fed/tamed, well-socialized baby (preferably a boy) they can be good pets. They are social but independent enough for someone that works full-time. I have a 3 yr old hen that was rehomed to me and she quite aggressive, especially cage aggressive.

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A Cockatiel!
They are fairly quiet (although they CAN be loud if they want to) they tend to whistle a lot, especially the Males, which is pleasant.
They are small and tend to just like to chill instead of being crazy like a Budgie and mine at least wasn't flighty at all.
They have small poops, although with small poops it means they poop more often.
I just love 'Tiels.



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The smaller the bird the more frequent the poop but if you want something cuddly, affectionate and typically not loud at all then I'd recommend a cockatiel (a female). My cockatiels can scream and it can be heard a few streets away from their aviary, but not all of them do!


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What about a green cheek conure? How hard/demanding are they versus a cockatiel?
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I haven't had a Conure but I have met them and been around them and they can be LOUD. They are apparently super cuddly and basically the same size as a 'Tiel though (depending on which Conure you pick).



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If you get a cinnamon or pineapple green cheek, they are supposed to be more quiet species than let's say sun conures. They are very playful and love to clown around. Their beaks are strong though, and I hear they go through a very nippy phase early in life.
I am very fond of cockatiels. I have two, and they are not loud at all. Sometimes if they flock call, but that is the case with any bird. Their poo is not that messy at all, and they are very very loving and cuddly. Not overly playful and hyper though, at least not in the sense that budgies and parrotlets are.

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I work with the Green Cheeks, young ones. They are fairly easy to tame down, their bites hurt as much as you'd imagine, and they tend to have their terrible 2's around 2 unlike some smaller birds. They can be super cuddly but I have seen such a wide range of personalities from them. I have always liked them but they aren't really the right bird for me for some reason that I can't pinpoint. We have had some that never make a peep and others that constantly scream...I met a woman at the vet in the waiting area once that had a GCC with her to get it's wings clipped. She said she had had him for 12 yrs and he can be very hormonal...cuddly one moment and then took a chunk out of her hubby's lip the next.

That being said, I have never owned one but I see a lot of mixed reviews from the people that own them on the forums. One of the women I work with owns one and loves her bird more than her own kid and boyfriend. I personally don't find them overly loud, they are easy to potty train and you could probably get away with owning one in an apartment but your neighbors might hear them from time to time. Just my experience with them, hope this helps!

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My green cheek is a dream ... She is quiet and calm.. She is around 2 1/2 years old.. Loves to hang out and cuddle. Has had her moments of being nippy and was very agressive with hubby a while back. It didn't last long and as soon as she was out of her mood she was fine.. ( That was in the spring... my parrotlet wa a nippy blood drawing monster then too and he is almost 5 now! )I think her hormones were raging with her terrible twos...lol ussually she is mellow, cuddly and loving. Her volume is very low.. Quieter than my parrotlet, budgies and tiel... I love my greenie!!

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My green cheek is a dream ... She is quiet and calm.. She is around 2 1/2 years old.. Loves to hang out and cuddle. Has had her moments of being nippy and was very agressive with hubby a while back. It didn't last long and as soon as she was out of her mood she was fine.. ( That was in the spring... my parrotlet wa a nippy blood drawing monster then too and he is almost 5 now! )I think her hormones were raging with her terrible twos...lol ussually she is mellow, cuddly and loving. Her volume is very low.. Quieter than my parrotlet, budgies and tiel... I love my greenie!!
Is an hour out on weekdays enough? With 2-4 hours on each weekend day? Or am I asking for a screaming bird?

The bird I am thinking about is 5 months (not sure sex but would dna) and it is caged alone right now with no out time each day for the last 2 months. Would that make a difference? I mean since my 1 hour a day on weekdays (more on weekends) is far more than it is currently getting? Could I set the standard or is it just going to be demanding no matter what once it settles and bonds? It seems pretty calm as far as activity wise in comparison to the others in the store. They were all over and bit me, this one didn't....it seemed a little more still and shy but definitely interested in me. But the shyness/calmness could be just because of fear and not knowing me right? Then maybe it turns into a needy, tasmanian devil after getting home and getting attached? lol

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Check my answer on your other thread.
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