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View Poll Results: Which of the three would be stuck with you on an island for life?
Moluccan Cockatoo 2 40.00%
Greater Sulphur Cockatoo 0 0%
Harlequin Macaw 3 60.00%
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Hello :)

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My name is Matthew. I recently posted this question on another forum, but thought it might not be bad to see if there are others out here with more opinions on the topic.

I am getting a new bird in January time frame. I have done all my research, looked everything up, talked to people, weighed the good and the bad of the birds, I am not in for any surprises with my choices. I have asked all the basic questions as to where I am going to be in 5,10, 15 years down the road, and I have decided this is the right time now and I am ready to take on this great responsibility. This will be my second larger sized parrot, but unfortunately when I got my Eclectus a couple years back I did not forsee a move across seas, and I was not allowed to take him with me due to living conditions.

This time I have everything completely prepared, money set aside, the size of the cage is known, the amount of hours I will have to spend with my new friend is actually one of the main things I am looking foward to.

Anyways, I have come down to my ultimate three decisions. And I am not asking that anyone choose my parrot for me, but rather put themselves in a scenario for this, and think solely for themselves.

You are stuck on an island for the rest of your life, there is no hope of ever getting off the island. Your only friend to talk to for life is the companion bird you brought along with you (somehow...)

Which of the three would that companion bird be, from prior knowledge of these birds. There are no other options so taking another bird that you would really prefer is not possible, sorry.

1. Moluccan Cockatoo
2. Greater Sulpher Cockatoo
3. Harlequin Macaw

Again, just a scenario, not reality.

Thanks.

P.S. Prior to anyone telling me that I have made wrong choices on the final selections of my birds for this reason or that, I have based my choices off of not only having met the birds, but watching a million youtube videos of young and old, reading article after article on behavior pluses and negatives, and for my life style and the type of companion bird I am looking for, these three fit perfectly, even with the loud screaming every once in a while and the attitude change from young to old. I am well informed. I just think they are all three incredibly beautiful and cannot make up my mind entirely and would just like to know what others think...
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Welcome I personally would go with the macaw. Although I have a too and I love him dearly, you will probably have a lot less issues with the macaw
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I have no knowledge of any of those birds, just wanted to say welcome and good luck.
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Thanks to both of you. I am excited about it. And the Harlequin is winning as of right now. I did a best out of ten, the Harlequin won the draw. XD Obviously, I am not going to choose my bird like that, but it was fun. Haha.
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Well if you're really convinced of those three species I see no issue even picking one out by that! It's a bit of fun and you may end up surprised haha
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Well if you're really convinced of those three species I see no issue even picking one out by that! It's a bit of fun and you may end up surprised haha
Haha, maybe I will redo it when I am not by myself so I have accountability on the drawings. XD I am convinced on these three. But I want to make sure that the one of these three is the right one. I am definitely leaning toward the macaw anyways. I am just overwhelmed by its beauty, the long tail feathers, they're just majestic to me. XD

In the other forum that I posted this question to though, the people did bring up the idea of adoption. I thought that may be a good idea as well. I know there are hundreds of birds that need good homes. My only problem is that as I am familiar with birds, and I know how to deal with them quite decently, if I ended up adopting a troubled bird I don't know if I would know how to handle it. I think it would be best to get the bird from the breeder as intended, and become more familiar with the habits of this bird and learn to grow with it prior to trying to tackle a bird that may or may not have any issues that would be better dealt with someone who has dealt with these problems before: a profesional. You know?

I do know that there is a shelter near the Boston area though, and I am looking into volunteering there. That would be an awesome experience for me I believe. A couple of hours on the weekends would not be unthinkable.
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