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Conures and cockatiels

Hey! So I have two tiels and two 'keets and I have wanted a conure for quite some time now. Recently my fiancé really started to get interested in conures and finally sees what I like so much. He's not a "bird" person (but does love my birds) so it's exciting when he actively is interested in them. Anyway, I have always wanted a sunnie, and was strongly considering one until he willingly told me he liked GCC's more. So, (sorry for the long story) we are currently looking into either...
His main concern, is the noise factor. We are both very well aware of the noise conures make. I've been very honest about all the information I have come across...I am kind of a research geek and spend literally hours upon days reading every piece of information I can find about my animals. Anyway, my cockatiel will occasionally scream. He is very bonded to me and I have spent a long time training him away from screaming but we are still far from perfect. My other half is worried Scurvy will teach the conure to scream.
Mind you, we know there is a very real difference between a squawk at top level and actual screaming.
Do conures pick up the noise level of other birds? Neither of us mind the volume, we are just concerned about the behavioral habit. I know all birds are different
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Conures are loud, especially sun conures. Gccs are quiet for conures, not in comaprison to other birds. They are louder than cockatiels. Hey don't chirp all day like budgies, but when they yell it is loud. From my experience birds like budgies and cockatiels will imitate the sounds of other birds, so it is more likely that your cockatiel will pick up the conure sounds versus the other way around but it could happen either way.

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Conures are loud, especially sun conures. Gccs are quiet for conures, not in comaprison to other birds. They are louder than cockatiels. Hey don't chirp all day like budgies, but when they yell it is loud. From my experience birds like budgies and cockatiels will imitate the sounds of other birds, so it is more likely that your cockatiel will pick up the conure sounds versus the other way around but it could happen either way.
Thanks! Again I know each bird is different; my 'tiel would run into oncoming traffic for me if he could...but that is the general idea I was looking for. Either way, we love all birds, we are just looking for the most (possible with birds anyway) copacetic home possible.
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A sun conure has an ear splitting high pitched yell, but a GCC is far more quiet. They can still be loud, but they're nothing on a sunny! I think it's always been worse for me because mine were all in a flock

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I love my green cheek conure, she is my quietest bird, my hen tiel is loud!! My green cheek is calm, not nippy and very very snuggly/cuddly. (Don't tell my other birds but she is my fav!) mine is a pineapple and in my opinion as pretty as the sun conures!
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I have a p'let and a yellow sided green cheek. The YSGCC is pretty loud, when he calls it can be heard for a few blocks. My p'let, he is a talker and constantly making noise but it is quiet. The YSGCC is less constant, BUT when he is wanting to be heard, he is HEARD. I think that any bird, regardless of breed has the chance to be loud and it will depend on each one. The only difference being, a p'let can't SCREAM but can be a constant chatter box. I think that never can anyone expect a parrot to fall into generalized guidlines, they are gonna be their own bird. But a GCC, for sure quiet compared to a sunnie, is far from silent and has the conure voice box if they want to use it :-)
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If noise is a concern, don't get a sun conure, a jenday or a sunday. They don't only have a 'ear splitting high pitched scream', as Daisy so aptly describes it, they seem to do it just to hear themselves scream. I have cockatoos, amazons, grays, conures, tiels, budgies, a Senegal and a Jardine in the birdroom and the only screams you hear during the day coming out of it are the ones from the Sun conure (even though some of them, like one of the cockatoos, were given up because of constant screaming). And it's not because he wants company (he is bonded to a female quaker), because he wants to come out of his cage (he doesn't live in one), he is hormonal (I keep them to a strict solar schedule to avoid it), is hungry (plenty of good fresh food he enjoys) or any particular reason. He just likes to scream, they all do.
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Thanks everyone. I think the original intention of this thread wasn't accurately presented by me. The discussion we had wasn't simply about noise or volume. I think what my fiancé is wondering is how much overall will a conure be likely to learn from the 'tiel. I don't know if I am making sense, but basically I have only ever been able to teach one bird anything. For example, EVERYTHING Scurvy does, Salty does too. Every word, every pitch, it's almost impossible to tell them apart sometimes. Likewise, my budgies have learned all the words Scurvy knows, but obviously not the whistling. I he was asking is a conure, any species, more apt to learn from me, or the rest of the flock, whatever sound/behavior it is.
At this point I have already leaned much farther toward a GCC more because of his interest than the noise. I love that he found a bird he likes.
Thanks again! I appreciate everyone taking the time to give their input!
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Thanks everyone. I think the original intention of this thread wasn't accurately presented by me. The discussion we had wasn't simply about noise or volume. I think what my fiancé is wondering is how much overall will a conure be likely to learn from the 'tiel. I don't know if I am making sense, but basically I have only ever been able to teach one bird anything. For example, EVERYTHING Scurvy does, Salty does too. Every word, every pitch, it's almost impossible to tell them apart sometimes. Likewise, my budgies have learned all the words Scurvy knows, but obviously not the whistling. I he was asking is a conure, any species, more apt to learn from me, or the rest of the flock, whatever sound/behavior it is.
At this point I have already leaned much farther toward a GCC more because of his interest than the noise. I love that he found a bird he likes.
Thanks again! I appreciate everyone taking the time to give their input!
I have 5 budgies, a parrotlet, a GCC and a tiel. None of them mimic the others. My tiel is a hen and only gives a contact call (very loudly!) she wolf whistles and gives some soft squeaks and squawks. I don't know the gender of my conure but suspect female due to her very limited noise range. She also has a one note contact call, and she makes noises that sound like a rubber ducky...lol little grunts and chirps. The budgies all make budgie noises and the parrotlet can talk a little but chooses not to most of the time... He chirps constantly loudly and annoyingly when he wants to visit his budgie lady love! He also makes squeaks, squawks, chirps, beeps and whistles that sound like R2D2...lol sometimes he lets out a long sweet warble that sounds like a canary... All birds are different and the ability to mimic each other is always there, it is more a matter of whether they want to and have the motivation to.
Just wanted to add, a hand raised tame and bonded conure is very people oriented and in my very limited and humble opinion will be more likely to ignore the other bird sounds and not pick them up. They are not known for talking ability however.

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Correct. Of my four, only two talked (both males), one said quite a number of things (he had the most endearing habit of repeating 'Iloveyou, iloveyou, iloveyou' always three times in a row whenever I would cover his cage for the night), the other just a couple and it's actually not common that they talk that means no imitating other birds, either. None of mine did, at least...
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I have a very talkative Amazon who sometimes screams if he doesnt get attention, and my Tiel never picked up any of his bad habits.

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