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I am torn as to which bird to go with. I am looking at a Sun Conure or a cockatiel. If you can give me your thoughts on each that would be great. I will have plenty of time to spend with the bird. I have a 4 year daughter that I would like to be part of this as well. Something that we can all enjoy as a family. I know that the Conure is not a big talker but it is a cuddly bird which has its advantages. I have been back and forth on this in my head for weeks so I am tossing it out there for your ideas.
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With a four year old to consider, I'd go with the Cockateil.:)
 

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Either would make a wonderful pet - the biggest factor to consider, to me? The noise level of the sun conure. Sun Conures, when they decide to scream, have the most piercing shriek I've ever heard from a parrot! :rofl: But, I can't tolerate their noises. My macaw can scream for hours, and it's just mildly annoying, but a conure... ugh!

Other than noise differences, I would say a conure is more likely to be snuggly with your four year old, however if he decides to bite it would be harder than a tiel. That being said, a cockatiel is more likely, in my opinion, to be a little persnickety and be nippy to get a point across.

Is there a bird specialty store near where you live? Let her play with both!! See what she thinks!! Make sure, no matter which species you chose, you get a hand fed, hand raised baby so you know it will be gentle with her while she learns how to handle them :thumbsup:
 

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Having four conures, 3 green cheeks and a black cap and a six year old in the house, I would say a hand fed and raised cockatiel for sure!
Conures can bite very hard and I find more liable to bite a small finger harder! We also have two cockatiels also and they are fun to watch, and although not as tame as the conures we enjoy them.
Another thought, conures cost $250 and up, and a cockatiel usually goes for $100 or so. Try to find a hand raised over a pet chain.
 

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we spent some time at the pet store tonight looking at both birds. The birds I am considering are from a retired lady who breeds birds as something to do and keeps her busy. She spends so much time with the babies that they love people when she gets them into new homes. I like that the cockatiel has a better chance of talking but not a for sure thing. I like that the Conure is more of a clown and more of a cuddly bird but again not always the case. She is going to have both birds at the bird expo this weekend and I would love to come home with one. Tuff choices!!
 

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I personally think conures bite harder and have more of a chance of frightening a four year old, but, really, it all actually depends totally on the individual birds. When my sons were little we had both a cockatiel and a dusky conure, and neither bird ever bit either boy, so there you go. However, it doesn't take but a couple of bites to keep most kids from interacting with a bird.

I could never consider owning a sun because, like Jenny, I can't tolerate their calls - not at all. I can tolerate pyhhruah conures with no problem, and I never had an issue with the dusky, but she didn't scream, either. I've heard other dusky owners say their birds were both loud and mean.

I have to say that the bird store I freqent almost always has a sun conure in there that someone returned because they couldn't handle the noise. It seems as soon as one finds a home, or even before, another returns. This doesn't mean you and your daughter can't handle the noise, because people who love suns can't live without them. The bird store sells lots of suns, so really only a small percentage are rehomed. They are big sellers. They always have greys being rehomed in there, too, and probably because, as far as I can see, they sell more greys than any other type of bird.

Cockatiels can be annoyingly loud, too, so do spend a lot of time in the company of both making their loudest possible noises if you have the chance.

Other than that, pick the bird you fall in love with.

Please understand the individual birds personalities make all the difference in the world, though, when it comes to gentle behaviors. I have 3 kids, one had a dusky conure that never bit him, one had a cockatiel that never bit him and now has a linnie that also has never bitten a soul, and one has a bourkes that has never bitten.

Best of luck in your search, and have a joyful experience with your daughter and your new companion.
 
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I could never have a Sun Conure due to noise. Their cries are much too loud for me. Gawd it's ear shattering.

And I could never have a cockatiel due to dust.... as cute and sweet as they are, i am prone to allergies, and they are a species prone to being dusty.
 

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I love suns bc of their beauty & personality BUT the noise is also too much for me. I have two other Conures that are pretty much my quietest birds. I`m not a cockatiel fan bc of the dust & night frights that most, not all, seem prone too. I remember being scared to death one time bc I thought someone broke into my house it was my teil having a freight which got my other tiel going.

How about a LinnieÉ LOL
 

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Hmmm - I love them both but the noise of the Sun is what has kept me and will keep me from having one. With a 4 year old, I would also tend to go with a Cockatiel unless allergies run in the family. Cockatiels to produce dust and can cause allergic reactions in some people. They are, however, very sweet birds and the males can learn to talk too.
 

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Well I spent some time with a family member that has a cockatiel and than the next day went to a local bird show. My wife, daughter, and I picked out and fell in love with a 12 week old Sun Conure that was very friendly. We got him-her a week ago and so far so good. Seems very friendly and has no issues being handled by anyone in our family. Will try to post some pictures soon.

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Oh nice!!!! I can't wait to see. Suns are beautiful.............:)
 

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Nice choice!! Sunny's are really one of the sweetest, most endearing birds out there :lovehearts: They're so hard to resist!
 

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Sounds like a great bird - looking forward to hearing more about it.
 

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if you can handle the noise i would go with the sun :sun2:
 
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