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Parrot lover exploring new option for adoptee

Hello. I have been a parrot mama for about 17 years now. My first parrot was a male budgie who lived only 2.5 years. My second was a male Pacific Parrotlet who lived 14.5 years. My Pacific Parrotlet passed away two Saturdays ago. My husband and I are devastated. Every day I think I hear him. When I pass by his cage I expect him to be there. My basket of laundry has sat untouched because he and I used to have such fun folding it and putting it away, and now I don't want to.

My husband wrote a letter to the woman who bred our Pacific Parrotlet. She was such a lovely woman, but she moved from NJ to FL. Hubby told her about our parrotlet's passing and said that we are so lonely now. I am particularly lonely because I work from home and he is no longer with me.

Hubby and I don't want to adopt a new parrot right away, but we do know we will in a while. We need a third wheel in our house. We never had children and never will, so a bird friend is important to us. But we are thinking of not adopting a budgie or a parrotlet again at this time. We are exploring the possibility of a different type of parrot. We are not so interested in cockatiels (no offense to them), but in another type of parrot similar in size or slightly larger. Of course we have some personality characteristics that would be nice. They are as follows:

1. A bird that may love both my husband and I, and not just one of us.
2. A bird that is not too too too loud
3. A bird that may be affectionate. We love affection and like to give our pet parrots scratches and rubs.
4. A medium sized bird that will fit in our current cage. The cage we have was a bit big for our single parrotlet. It would be appropriate for a single medium-sized bird with ample space. It is a very nice quality cage and we'd like it to remain in our bedroom, where I spend about 75% of my time throughout the week.
5. A bird that would hopefully (with love, proper care and nutrition, and luck) live at least 15 years or longer. Maybe not 30 or 40 years. In 30 or 40 years my husband and/or I could possibly be dead. We are 58 and 45 years old respectively.
6. We understand there will be mess. I guess we aren't looking for the kind of mess a Toucan creates, but normal mess. We understand that a bigger parrot would create a lot more mess than a Parrotlet.
7. A parrot that would enjoy being out of the cage a reasonable amount during the day.
8. Talking and tricks are not important to us. If the parrot learned words or tricks, that would be fine though. We will interact with a future parrot a lot, so assume we will learn about it's personality/humor and it would learn about ours.

I guess we would probably prefer a male parrot over a female, but that is not written in stone. The only reason why I write this is because I am unfamiliar what to do if the parrot lays eggs. But I guess we could learn. We are not interested in a pair of parrots. I do want to interact a lot with the parrot. As I wrote, I will be home a lot with it since I work from home and will house it in the room I spend most of my time in.

My husband and I know a lot about parrot nutrition and proper care. Of course if we adopt a different kind of parrot than what we've had, we will do a lot of research on them so that we can be very good owners/parrot parents.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

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Hello and welcome to the forum, I'm sorry to hear your parrotlet has passed on and left you lonely. It's amazing to see such small birds/creatures can have a huge impact on our lives as pets and companions.

So there are a few options for you if you want a bird a little larger then a budgie or a PP.

You could get a smaller love bird, they are fun and love to interact with their parront.

Then there is the linnie's or lineolated parakeets, these birds have become a huge hit with people lately. They are about the size of a budgie and are known to be big talkers that repeat sounds but they are quiet and have squeaky little voices! They eat a good variety of fresh foods and are kind of clownish as they enjoy hanging upside down from their cage and playing a lot. They like to interact with their parronts and are affectionate and enjoy hands on attention.

There are conures that are many different colors and breeds they are about the size of a cockatiel, they are social and enjoy interaction with their parront. They eat a healthy diet of fresh fruits and veggies as well as pellets and seeds, they love to play with toys of all types. They are a good bird to have in an apartment if you want a bird that doesn't scream and make too much noise they are also known to be good talkers.

There is also a kakariki parrots which are about the size of a cockatiel they have interesting voices that repeat sounds and they are talkers as well. I don't know much about these birds but they have become a favorite of parrot lovers all over the world.

If you want to see what these birds sound like I suggest you check the different breeds on Youtube and see what they are like and if you think they are the bird for you.

Good luck with your search for a new feathered friend.

I hope you get a new fid to make your lives happier soon.
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Thank you, Mr. Peepers for all of that helpful information! I'll talk to my husband about your suggestions. We're also hoping to hear back from our late parrotlet's breeder. We're hoping she'll know the names of breeders at least somewhat near us.
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