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New to the forum - need advice on my first bird!
I wanted to hop on an active form to hopefully get some advice from some expert bird owners like the lot of you. I've interacted with a few friends' birds for a few years now, and I think I'd really like to get one of my own. The mess and the caring needs don't bother or scare me one bit, and I actually find a bit of bird song and chirping in the house to be quite nice (though keep in mind, my friends do not own larger parrots who scream, so I'm looking to avoid a bird THAT vocal).
From my research thus far I know I'm looking for a medium sized parrot, but there's some stipulations I have to make sure I can give a bird the best home for who I am and my routines, and I'm getting some conflicting information. I'd gone to an exotic bird store earlier today and the experience just made me feel sad for the birds there - so I'm assuming I'd be looking at phoning up a breeder for the particular species I'm interested in.
I'm a 31 year old professional, and as such, I'm away from home during working hours - typically I'm out from around 10 am until 7 pmish. I typically go to bed around 1 am. Additionally, I'm also a musician that records at home. Before the obvious "well, you can't own a bird then," know that most of the stuff I do doesn't actually require quiet, until I'm ready for vocals on a song, and typically that only takes 4-6 hours. I was thinking that for the one time in 6 weeks or so (that's the average) that I need to record vocals, I can take my feathered friend on a field trip just for the day to a friend's house.
I'm after a bird that's:
- Personable - likes to be around you, sit on your shoulder, perch on your finger, and interact with you. Snuggling is optional, but I wouldn't mind being able to rub/scratch the back of its head and actually have the bird enjoy it
- Decent with visitors - I don't have visitors over often, but I'd like it if the bird was not stressed out by the occasional visitor. I also have a roommate! I can't own a bird that would strongly attach itself to ONLY one person and bite the other
- Not excessively noisy - I *do* live in a condo, so I have neighbors. A little noise is fine, screaming isn't.
- Can deal with the hours I have to work. I plan on having as much out of cage time for it as soon as I'm home. I won't be able to *constantly* interact with it, of course, but I'm guessing the bird would have at least 3 hours a day on average of heavy attention. Weekends, likely more.
- Doesn't mind my music. I don't compose or listen to it at excessive volumes, but if a bird is sensitive to music noise, probably not a good idea. Their cage will be in the living room, not my bedroom, however, which is where I'd compose, but I'd like it if the bird could feel comfortable in my room if it wanted to follow me through the house.
The species I've researched so far that I like are:
That being said, I'm open to other suggestions. I'd really like to hear the opinions of those of you here on which bird might be best for me (again, knowing that there's wide variance in the species, I can only get a good recommendation, and that I understand).
Thanks for your input!