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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-05-2011, 09:58 PM Thread Starter
 
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Still a one bird girl

Can those of you that have Congo's and Timneys please tell me the noticable differences, I know the congo has brighter plumage but i am more interested in the temperment and noise levels.

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Well, I only had a cag, so I only know about him! He was loud at times. It was are little kids screaming he copied though! It was always on his time. He would go through ALL his vocab. one minute and be completely quite the next. If there isn't many loud noises in your home, you're off to a good start with lower level of noise! His temperment was, well just like a 5 year old!!!! He'd be playful one minute and if you do one thing to upset him he'll bite you. He was always changing on the mood! Once Scully got to know me, he was almost always playful and cuddly! He'd be on my shoulder and if I don't do something to him he'd nip me on my ear to remind me that he's there! I'd give him cuddles and then hit one pinfeather the wrong way and he'd almost seem to shun me!! He had a lot of mood swings. He'd also make noise if you're not! He always would do these calls so I'd answer and he'd shut up for a bit. Apperently little things ticked him off too, for no reason. The previous owner said he absolutley LOVED baths when they lived somewhere else. Ever since they moved, he hated them. He was a GREAT bird though, always wanting to atleast be with you! Hope this helps a bit! I might be biased, but go with the cag!!!!


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Ashlynn, my grey, is a congo, but 28 years ago, when I got married, my ex-husband had a timneh. Understand, that bird had been wild caught. He never liked me, and I never touched him. Ashlynn, on the other hand, was hand-raised, and I have been loving on her since she was 4 weeks old. This makes my experiences with them very different, but I still believe I can answer your question well.

The timneh talked as well as any grey I have ever heard. He could imitate anything. He spoke in various people's voices, and he could "throw his voice" so that you really believed you were hearing something behind you, etc. Ashlynn's vocal quality is also good. She isn't as old as the timneh, so she doesn't have much of a vocabulary yet, but she is clear when she speaks. Both birds demonstrated the ability to use words in context.

Timnehs are usually smaller birds, and, yes, they have darker tails and lighter beaks. The dust seems to be about the same. Noises and noise levels are also the same.

As a whole, timnehs are reported to be slightly better with whole families, but there are members of both species who are great with families and members of both species who are one person birds.


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Kennedy, it has been lurking for quite a while. Thanks guys, I know the next bird is going to have to be pretty special to compete with Cricket but i need to take my time cuz i am sort of in love with Jo Annes Harley but really interested in the clear voice amd intellegence a grey. Then i see those adorable male budgies talking up a storm on You Tube and it's like... I soooo want one of those. So many birds, so little time....

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A grey is very different from a green cheek. That would be a nice combination for you because they have such varied personalities.


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I've heard that there is hardly any difference for companion bird personality. I've seen one timneh and it was really small in comparison. The beak is horn coloured, the feathers are blacker and the tail can be maroon to much darker

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I forgot one thing. I have also been told that timneh's are less likely to pluck themselves and/or self-mutilate. Some still do, but the percentage is smaller in timnehs than in congos. An avian vet and other people who have worked for many years with a great number of both congos and timnehs agreed on this, so I think it might be a valid comparison.

Personally, I think, if you get one, you should get the species you really want, and then be careful to select an individual you click with. There are steady birds of both species out there. The big difference that is universal is size and look. The personality and noise differences are specific to each bird.


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Thanks guys all good advice.

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My experience with the 2 is the timnehs can be a little more shy and reserved. They're not so dominant. Which can be good or bad. Congos can be bullies and belligerent, timnehs can be more mellow but can also be more phobic or nervous. My experience with them is they're not as good of talkers, but they have the potential to talk as well as the Congos, most just seem to prefer to mimic whistles and noises than words. They do better with people and can be sweeter/more hands on, not so one person, but can be shy as well, it all depends on how well you socialize them.

I hope that helps!



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