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    Re: looking for the perfect bird

    Quote Originally Posted by pixibubbles View Post

    i know what it is i want.
    i basically want a budgie but a bigger version. something fairly easy going with a good temperment, easy to amuse, playful and even though they bond to one person they are usually happy to play with anyone, learn tricks happily and like to be involved in the family and have the ability to learn a few words or mimic a few sounds.

    does such a bird exist?
    Yes, a COCKATIEL!
    I know, it does not sound very exotic, but Chicka I have here
    is the PERFECT bird. Okay, she is pretty young, so I havent
    taught her many tricks (apart from "step up" or towel training)
    or sounds.
    But if you get a male cockatiel, this sounds as if it would fit
    pretty much to your decription.
    Chicka has to stay alone at home for 9h a day while I am
    at uni, she is NOT noisy,the mess she makes is very controlable,
    she absolutely loves me, wants to cuddle and being petted,
    and always sits on my shoulder to see what is going on.
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    Re: looking for the perfect bird

    ahh maybe the problem i had with teils were they were all GIRLS

    sorry to lower the tone, but are male poops drier and less messy that girls? if i want a bird my other half can play with it could be a deciding factor

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    Re: looking for the perfect bird

    So, poop is the deciding factor? LOL! Thanks for the laugh Helen.


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    Re: looking for the perfect bird

    Hmmm. I dont think poop is really different between sexes not that i have noticed any way.
    Some one mention Kakarikies, they are great. They are fun to watch and are really friendly birds and can get into heaps of stuff as well as talking some words, wally speaks heaps already even though he is only about 12 weeks old, his words inlclued kiss kiss, hello, wally, and thank you when i give him his food (and actually in context like i give him apple etc and he will say thank you) plus night night and make a kissy sound when i give him a kiss good night, The only down side is he is not a hugely cuddly bird, and likes to stick his beak into every thing, like i can not have him out whilst cooking cause he wants to know what i am doing and will try and jump in the pan to see what it is and if it is tasty.
    Other than that he is a great bird to have. A plus side to them is they are sooooo nice a quite! My hubby who dislikes loud birds (thats why my aviary got put up for his poor ears) loves wallys little chatters and how quite he is hehe.

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    Re: looking for the perfect bird

    Helen, have you thought about getting an English Budgie? They can be a little bigger than a Peach-faced lovie (65g), with (from what I hear) a very sweet and calm personality. Plus, they are just beautiful, IMO.

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    Re: looking for the perfect bird

    Quote Originally Posted by pixibubbles View Post
    as much as my other half tries, sparks has made it clear that she's my bird and he sometimes feel a bit left out when we're playing as she tends to freeze and glare at him like he's spoiling her game.
    This made me snort my supper, LOL! I can picture it so vividly!!!

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    Re: looking for the perfect bird

    I know someone mentioned an Alexandrine Parakeet, and I am not quite sure they would fit your criteria.

    Alex really dosen't play with me, but he likes to play around me and sit with me. This may just be because of his slight fear of hands, but from what I have read, it is fairly common. He loves to scream, though not as much as Russel((Our Blue crowned conure)). And he loves to throw his berrys on the floor and stain.

    This is just Alex, and I am sure this is closer to one extreme in personality, but thought I would add a little input.

    Alexes are amazing, though.

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    Re: looking for the perfect bird

    I so agree about the cockatiel. The only real negative that you might consider is that they aren't all over the place playing with toys and rolling on their backs. But they LOVE people, they LOVE other birds. They stay on your body if you want them to and they play well by themselves in their cages. They are like a super smart and social budgie in a way. Very snuggly too. They don't poop a lot like a budgie. So you don't have that mess at all. They don't make a ton of mess wth food, but they do make some mess. Theri dust is bad. I"ll warn you about that. It is. But it's not horrible. My two budgies have more dust and feathers than my one cockatiel if that gives you an idea. Male tiels can talk well if you put the time into them.

    I love everyones suggestions here and all the reasons they give. I hope it's helping you.

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    Re: looking for the perfect bird

    Oh yeah, forgot about the poops. I dont 'know how they compare to most birds, but I can tell you this. A cockatoo poops glue ... that stains. YUCK. But ... they can be potty trained. A budgie goes every 2-10 minutes and it's runnyish. Yucky. Lol. But Sunny? I'd say 75% of the time, he goes little balls, that if you learn how, you can pick right up with a tissue and it will either leave nothing or just leave a spot. The other percentage of the time, yeah its liquidy, or part liquid. I"m trying to think how often he goes. Um. Geez. I'ts not a lot really. I mean we go all over stores, etc,. Anyone here wanna quess? I'd say 10 min-20 minutes? Maybe? I notice it varies some.

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    Re: looking for the perfect bird

    A budgie goes every 2-10 minutes and it's runnyish.
    All the budgies I've even had have had dry, coiled droppings, the least messy I've seen.

    The bigger the bird, the bigger the mess poop wise (lories excluded!). My conure and meyers generally don't have messy poops unless they've been eating something wet. It seems to get worse mess wise as the bird gets bigger. My biggest bird (meyers) is also the one worse about potty training between him and Cricket.

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    Re: looking for the perfect bird

    Quote Originally Posted by crouton View Post
    (i'm sure my senegal would be a LOT quieter without a lovebird to mimic.... )
    Oh mine does that too! Strangely though, he never did it until after my lovie passed. But boy it is NOT quiet.

    However, I can't add much that hasn't already been said, but if I had to vote I would go with Poi's. They are just wonderful and I can't say enough good things about them!


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    Haha...this is making me laugh. (Poop is a deciding factor) I don't have one, but from what I've read on this and other forums, if you want manageble poop...STAY AWAY FROM THE LORRIES

    Sorry Lorrie owners....but I am tempted to think you will agree.

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    Re: looking for the perfect bird

    Oh, I'd definitely agree w/ Ellen & Wolfy re: a cockatiel. They really are fabulous companions. I don't know why I haven't gotton one, as nearly every time I go to one of the parrot shops at least one pitches a fit until I play with it. Seriously -- it's really rather amusing And yes: while they don't do some of the fun parrot-y things (rolling on their backs, wrestling with your hand or eating with their feet), they are generally quite sweet, not too loud and are willing to learn tricks. There is a gal that I know on another forum who has taught her 'tiels to play Connect Four and is teaching them recall (flying to her from a different location). Of course, any parrot has the potential to learn tricks and such, so long as they are inclined to and their human(s) work with them.

    I'm also rather fond of the English budgie. They are quite a bit larger than the American body-type budgie, are quite smart and well, budgies are just budgies and I can't help but love them!

    Truth be told, however, I'm most fond of the African parrot species so I'd certainly suggest that you further investigate the poicephalus parrots. And take Briana's recommendation of caiques, too: OMG, are they ever precious?

    Best of luck with this, Helen! I'm sure that you'll find the perfect parrot companion... or if Sparky's any indication, one will find you
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    Re: looking for the perfect bird

    thanks for all your help guys
    i've got months and months to go, but still planning a birdie.

    i think i've ruled out caiques on a couple of fronts. 1) probably a little big as to what i'm allowed lol, 2) i cant find a good breeder of them here.

    i'm still quite tempted by a budgie (again lol) and a teil, although my other half has labled them "girls birds" (i got months to smack sense into him lol)

    i am kinda drawn to linnies or kakarikis. i'd never really considered them as a pets before coming here, as here they tend to be aviary birds... expect to see a new thread about them soon i think lol

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    Re: looking for the perfect bird

    I think either a tiel or a kakariki! Wally is great, I dont think we have ever had him poop on us at all. He isnt a hugely snuggly bird but is very friendly till the point that he can kind of drive you nutty. He likes to stick his head into every thing you are eating or drinking, Beware of feet in your dinner etc, unlike a tiel kakarikis dont go off and sulk they will just keep on persisting.
    Plus if it is for your other half then I think he may like the kakariki better lol

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