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Hi,

I don't actually have birds at the moment (mum used to say no way, she's coming round though, fairly sure I can have her on side by time I'm ready - few years yet), so the name is a description of me;

I'm Arthritic, Autistic, Asexual (A.A.A. for short - I think it's a joke most of the time).

To me mostly means I can't walk a dog daily, find human relationships much more difficult than animals (Asperger's Syndrome, a form of higher functioning autism, I can look after a pet but social situations with fellow humans aren't my strong point) and I'm not interested in starting a human family (so I'll only ever be a fur / scale / feather mum).

 

I'm interested in birds (well most animals, but small to medium parrot species especially for a few years) but determined to know what I'm getting into first. Really joining up to get pro / experienced opinions of different species & types of parrot to figure which might suit our home.

I'm not looking immediately as I have a cat (10 year old Jaffa - not mixing him with a parrot, he's see toy, parrot would see threat), a leopard gecko (housed in a vocation so no real impact on the decision) and mum's still on the fence (and it is her house even if I pay rent). More fact finding first cos online care sheets only go so far and contradict each other for some birds.

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hi you say your looking to find what sort of parrot would suit your home but do you mean psittacine ( parrot like bird) as that extends the scope of what you might be looking for ?  As for having a bird suitable for your home which as you say is in your mothers house  that would to a degree depend on what/where  you envisage keeping said parrot

 This being compounded by your reference to a leopard Gecko being housed in a vocation (could that be some type of vivarium ? ) but then f rom your comments I seem to deduce that your contact with said gecko is limited but why is that ? Most keepers of them that I know of tend to interact with them , as I did with the related fat tailed Gecko when I kept them .

 As for care sheets contradicting each other that can be down to the different  behaviour of actual species . Also Pet keepers & Breeders do not always agree over how their birds should be kept and what seems the best scenario for a pet birds has confused many a pet keeper when they've taken up breeding , not realising that too much of a good thing can be contraindicated when breeding

 But if  your serious about keeping a parrot perhaps a good read of some of the topics on this site , folowed by asking specific questions about individual species , or inf that your finding difficult to grasp might be the b est way forward

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Sorry, kindle's spell check decided 'vivarium' was supposed to be 'vocation', I didn't notice before hitting post.

I'm mostly looking for general information at the moment to help choose a species to concentrate my research on. I live with my mum because I would struggle to run a house / flat of my own (wouldn't know what to do about different bills and taxes on my own so I pay 'rent' that covers my share of house costs and all the rest) but she needs 2 adult wages to run the house efficiently. It's mum's house and she's said no aviary in the back garden (or front) so would have to be an indoor bird, something suited to cage living (with out time at least in evenings and weekends). One thing that draws me to parrots is longer lifespan (I've had a gerbil, guinea pigs, a corn snake and cats and short lived pets break my heart), I've finished Uni and finally got a permanent job so financially stable enough to think about a pet / companion I've wanted since we pet sat a budgies for a week when I was about thirteen.

As for Luna (my leopard gecko) I do get her out and interact with her, but due to being a reptile she needs more time in her viv with her heat mat. She's very tolerant of my handling and quiet likes climbing to my shoulder when she's out but I wouldn't have her and a bird out at the same time, that's why I said she doesn't affect my decision too much.

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Contradictions were for same birds, different sources. Some for example say sengals make good first time parrots, others say better suited intermediate owners. Some say Quakers are quiet, others that they're noisy. Found one site expressing the excellence of pionus parrots (blue headed looked promising in temperament), then can't find any books on them for more in-depth information. I know a lot is a matter of opinion, just looking for opinions of people who live with birds every day instead of info that might be generalised or out of date.

I'm looking for a bird that can entertain itself - or play in same gender pairs - while mum and me are out of her shifts overlap my working hours, but at the same time is happy to interact with us when one or both are there for it/them. Working in a school means I have plenty holiday time and every weekend off, but also means my hours take up a lot of the day - seems especially in winter - though I could rearrange my routine so the time I now read or play game a (time fillers) was redirected to a pet.

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Quakers & Pionus might be possibilities from what I've heard of . the noise factor varies with individuals , and with how the keeper percieves how much noise they can make 

 And that's particully so for a minature parrot I'm about to suggest as some are very quiet but there are a few that are real screamers . But if you don't want them to breed I'd suggest a couple of males  the bird is this one https://www.thesprucepets.com/lineolated-parakeets-as-pets-390919

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On 17/02/2019 at 21:46, stormbird said:

Quakers & Pionus might be possibilities from what I've heard of . the noise factor varies with individuals , and with how the keeper percieves how much noise they can make 

 And that's particully so for a minature parrot I'm about to suggest as some are very quiet but there are a few that are real screamers . But if you don't want them to breed I'd suggest a couple of males  the bird is this one https://www.thesprucepets.com/lineolated-parakeets-as-pets-390919

 

Lineolated parakeets had come up in searches, read that page a couple of times, I'm looking for a longer lifespan though (want a long term companion), pionus, Senegal & green cheek conure are what I'm researching at the moment (come across a few sites saying Quakers are noisy, talking is a potential perk, not an expectation).

 

I'm probably gonna be quiet on the site just lurking and reading for a while, got plenty time for research, and plenty research to do.

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Green Cheek Conures certainly would be a possi bility and the come in several mutations . Size can vary depending on mutation & breeder . Like most of the Aratinga conures they are fairly quiet unlike the the Pyhura Conures which can be very  noisy

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