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I've had both. I always recommend cockatiels. They are in my opinion the ideal pet bird, and I've lived with everything from finches to a macaw. Nothing beats a well raised cockatiel for sweetness. They can talk, the come in lots of colors, they are sweet and affectionate, relatively inexpensive, almost never developed aggressive biting habits (unless you majorly mess them up somehow), they are relatively quiet... basically perfect.
However each person has different desires and different perfect matches. While I think cockatiels are ideal, my perfect match is an Indian Ringneck. It isn't something you can figure out online. The best thing you can do is find a way to spend a good amount of time with ADULT BIRDS (that's really important!) of both species before making your choice. There are differences that just can't be described online.
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Blue Headed Pionus: Mel
Maximilian's Pionus: Sam and Lady
Indian Ringneck: Blue
Green Cheeked Conures: Flick, Cache, Tex, Delta, Buddy, Acu, Sully, Shiloh, Shantilley
Cockatiels: Kiowa, Apache, Chinook, Lakota, Battle
Budgies:Napoleon, Angel, Benning, Thunder, Lighting, Trooper, Marie
Fly Free Scout, IRN.