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View Poll Results: Best Medium-Large Affectionate Companion Parrot.
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I was just wondering what a good companion bird would be? I am comfortable with handling birds and all that. I had a little grey and white cockatiel that flew away only a year ago, he was like my best friend and I miss him greatly and now I am looking for another companion bird like him (not to replace, obviously, never to replace, but to move on) I was looking for a parrot a bit bigger, maybe bigger than a conure. Fairly intelligent would be appreciated (btw I absolutely love african greys but they are so expensive and hard to find a decent deal, not a scam. anyone know a good breeder of ag's?) I would like to be able to teach it tricks and a few words (like a parrot that I can have on the shoulder when I'm doing homework or cooking) and preferably affectionate as well! Sorry for the long descriptions thank you in advance,

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Out of your choices I only have a GCC (except for "other", lol I have other!) so will not vote on your poll as I would only be guessing, just wanted to welcome you to the forums. One tip tho, no matter what type of bird you get, it should always be locked up when you are cooking. A bird should never be allowed near a hot stove. My green cheek is silly tame, but will spook easily at noises and it could end tragically if she jumped onto the hot pan or burner.

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Welcome to the forum. You like african greys and you have senegal on your poll. They are from the same general region and from what I've read, similar in temperament.

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I have chosen GCC. I think they fit what you're after I don't think an Amazon is a bird many can cope with

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I picked GCC also. I currently only have budgies and 'tiels, but you are making a HUGE leap into parrot land with a Senegal or Amazon from previously having a 'tiel. While I'm sure anyone committed enough could handle any type of bird, it sounds like your personal situation (working long hours and having other hobbies) could result in not having enough time to train a higher demand bird. I'm not trying to discourage you from whatever bird you choose, I would just strongly advise you are fully prepared before you bring one home. Good luck and let us know what you pick!
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I have a senegal that loves to sit on my shoulder all day, he is also very eager to learn tricks.

I have a grey that is fearless of anything and anyone, she can cuddle with you all day long. Take your pick out of these 2 birds I have described - both are very good birds if you have lots of time to spend with them, training them to talk and do tricks, they'll be your best friends for life

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I picked GCC also. I currently only have budgies and 'tiels, but you are making a HUGE leap into parrot land with a Senegal or Amazon from previously having a 'tiel. While I'm sure anyone committed enough could handle any type of bird, it sounds like your personal situation (working long hours and having other hobbies) could result in not having enough time to train a higher demand bird. I'm not trying to discourage you from whatever bird you choose, I would just strongly advise you are fully prepared before you bring one home. Good luck and let us know what you pick!
Thank you for your reply, as you state, it is a big leap, we are experienced with bigger birds, we breed Alexandrines and have friends with large birds so we are generally used to handling bigger birds than cockatiels. Thank you for your reply and advice,

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I have a senegal that loves to sit on my shoulder all day, he is also very eager to learn tricks.

I have a grey that is fearless of anything and anyone, she can cuddle with you all day long. Take your pick out of these 2 birds I have described - both are very good birds if you have lots of time to spend with them, training them to talk and do tricks, they'll be your best friends for life
Thank you for your reply, I love greys but I think they are too expensive I will look into the Senegal parrot more, thank you

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Out of your choices I only have a GCC (except for "other", lol I have other!) so will not vote on your poll as I would only be guessing, just wanted to welcome you to the forums. One tip tho, no matter what type of bird you get, it should always be locked up when you are cooking. A bird should never be allowed near a hot stove. My green cheek is silly tame, but will spook easily at noises and it could end tragically if she jumped onto the hot pan or burner.
Of course! I'm so used to having my alexandrine , who has chewed her feathers so badly to the point where she can't fly, on my shoulder when doing things, clearly wasn't thinking when typing thank you for your reply

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Thank you for your reply, as you state, it is a big leap, we are experienced with bigger birds, we breed Alexandrines and have friends with large birds so we are generally used to handling bigger birds than cockatiels. Thank you for your reply and advice,
Oops! The way I read your post it sounded as though you may not have a bird at all right now. In this case, go big or go home. good luck!
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Of course! I'm so used to having my alexandrine , who has chewed her feathers so badly to the point where she can't fly, on my shoulder when doing things, clearly wasn't thinking when typing thank you for your reply
Your welcome, sometimes it is hard to know how much experience and bird knowledge a new poster has, and sometimes people get offended when no offence is intended... Sometimes people don't realize the danger, and others just forget sometimes.. Ty for not being offended good luck in your birdie search!
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Your welcome, sometimes it is hard to know how much experience and bird knowledge a new poster has, and sometimes people get offended when no offence is intended... Sometimes people don't realize the danger, and others just forget sometimes.. Ty for not being offended good luck in your birdie search!
Thank you, I know what you mean, it is hard to portray what you really mean sometimes on the internet, but most importantly, how you mean it

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Oops! The way I read your post it sounded as though you may not have a bird at all right now. In this case, go big or go home. good luck!
Haha that's fine in that case, what would your recommendation for a parrot be?

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Haha that's fine in that case, what would your recommendation for a parrot be?
Based on your poll, I'd go with Amazon, although I love GCC's so much it's tough. Otherwise for me personally I'd really like a Solomon Island eclectus. I like that they are affectionate and can talk and learn tricks but won't be as inclined to bad behavior from you being away. I could probably make a case for any bird though in the right circumstances.
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