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Hi Guys and Girls, I am from Australia, NSW and want a parrot as a companion/pet. I have always liked birds and only now do I have the opportunity to support one, finishing year 12 soon and having a job behind me. I am interested in medium to large parrots and so I am looking at either a scaly breasted lorikeet or an indian ringneck . I plan on doing a lot of research over the next few months and asking a lot of questions before purchasing a bird and I am sure the more experienced people on this forum can help answer them
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Hi Guys and Girls, I am from Australia, NSW and want a parrot as a companion/pet. I have always liked birds and only now do I have the opportunity to support one, finishing year 12 soon and having a job behind me. I am interested in medium to large parrots and so I am looking at either a scaly breasted lorikeet or an indian ringneck . I plan on doing a lot of research over the next few months and asking a lot of questions before purchasing a bird and I am sure the more experienced people on this forum can help answer them
Hi and welcome. If you let us know exactly what you are looking for in a companion bird we can help you decide what species is best for you. For example if you want a laid back companion then a lorikeet may not be right, if you want a cuddle bug then an IRN is not likely what you want.
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Welcome to the forum

Lorikeets aren't for everybody. They're messy, very active, hard to keep entertained, have a specific and unique diet, are high pitched and loud and have one heck of a bite on them. I do love them and have kept 5 different species but I definitely don't think they're a bird that I'd tell people to go out and get. They can be okay talkers, they're hilarious and very cheeky, do great in pairs 'cause they love to wrestle but they have a habit of taking things quite far

Indian ringneck parakeets are also not a species that many people do well with. I think a lot of people see YouTube videos of the odd one or two birds, like Bowie, and get the idea that they're all somewhat similar but honestly from my experience most are far from it. They aren't very hands on, not really cuddly at all, they're well known for their bluffing, they can be moody, they're extremely skittish birds

I'm not saying that you 100% should not get a lorikeet or an IRN, but if you've never kept them before then that's what I do have to say about them. They're awesome birds and I have many good points about them but I just want to throw it out there that neither species are for the faint hearted

What I will suggest is if you want a large bird that is loving, not very needy and easy to keep entertained, a good talker, somewhat playful and very cute then look into the Alexandrine parakeet. They're a psittacula parrot, so in the same family as the IRN but they're a lot more laid back and make excellent companion parrots. They're not as common as the IRN and that's why I think they're often over looked but honestly, I adore them. Have a good look into them and I don't think you will regret it!

Here's a video of Kona. Feel free to look through my YouTube vids as I have some of my lories/lorikeets, IRN and Alexandrines https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpeM...nXWhu&index=15

- Alexandrine parakeets Holly, George, Koda & - Crimson rosella Kasumi Orange winged Amazon parrot Paulie
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Hi and welcome. If you let us know exactly what you are looking for in a companion bird we can help you decide what species is best for you. For example if you want a laid back companion then a lorikeet may not be right, if you want a cuddle bug then an IRN is not likely what you want.
Thanks guys, look I know that lorries can be on the noisy side thats why I had the IRN as the second option and I know they bluff etc. amd can be loud. I am just looking for a bird that doesn't mind perching on my shoulder, being scratched on the head and belly. I am not looking for a bird that needs constant attention and cuddles because I won't have the time of day for that until next year. It doesn't have to be a talker but I wouldn't mind it being able to say a few words. I would love to teach it a few tricks and have it fly to me on command. This all being said, I know each bird is an individual and I am okay if he/she on,y does one of the things above because any animal isn't going to be exactly what you want. But these traits are what I am looking for.

I didn't go for a cockatiel or a budgie because they don't appeal to me as much. I love the look of Alex's and they were my first choice but the price tag on them is a bit deterring. I guess I could save for a while. What are Alex's like? Because if you say they are along the lines of what I am looking for compared to an IRN then I am patient enough to wait. I have the space for one that is for sure.

Overall I am open to your opinions and criticism because you have more experience. I am a patient person so I don't give up easily on something
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Thank you everyone for your help, I have realised I am maybe a little to eager and maybe jumping straight to an IRN or Alex is foolish. So I have done a little more research and I don't mind budgies, the Asiatic birds are just more alluring to me. So hopefully by the end of the year I will have a new family member.

I know budgies are like all other parrots, just because they are small does not mean they aren't s smart etc. But from what I have read they do not need as much "attention" so to speak and can be more independent. Start small and work my way up instead of jumping straight to the big birds. I won't teach it as many tricks and make a strong bond before I go away, but just have it tame enough to be confident around myself and my family.

Also, given I will be working and maybe not having the money someone older than me has, it would be better and more cost effective on me. I would hate not being able to support a bird because I simply don't have the money. I will be lurking on these forums somewhere searching up old threads to answer some questions.
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Conures are awesome birds, they can be very cuddly but mine is not real needy. She is in her cage (large flight cage) most of the day and comes out with me for most of the evening. Mine is a pineapple green cheek, is super smart, sweet and I just love her to death! Conures are easily taught a few tricks and should learn recall quite easily. Mine does not talk and they are not known for their talking ability but many can learn a few words. She loves hanging on my shoulder and being cuddled and petted.

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