Help us choose please?

Skilzo

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Hey :D

As the title says we have been looking at getting our first parrot but are unsure of which one to get.

We are looking at a small medium sized parrot that will get on with all the family myself, partner and 5 year old child that is literally all we are looking for in our feathered friend.

Haven't bought anything yet and are just in the research phase trying to make sure the bird we add to the family will fit in well.

Any suggestions would be great we are in no rush to get one and would like to get everything in place first.
 

dianaT

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A good idea to do your research first.:thumbsup:
I am sure members will be along with advice.
 

Skilzo

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I have been doing research for a while but I just keep going over and over it all then I still don't know which one would best suit us

We like Conures, Pionus and Senegals but I don't know if they are all suitable or if there would be one even more suitable, you don't really realise how many they are till you look into them
 

Scott199

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I honestly feel for you, I did the same for about a year/18months and still never found an answer.

the problem is all birds are individual, you can choose by % of a certain species having the traits you want but still no guarantees it will get on with all the family or be cuddly.

we ended up with an African grey, we were looking for a small to medium size parrot just like you.

I would suggest you try to meet some if you can ?
 

Skilzo

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I have met two conures but one was a rescue and pretty much hates everyone, the other is supposedly hand reared but s/he is really amazing.

I have only ever met one African grey but she not kept the best and doesn't really bother with anyone at all which is a shame
 

Yellowchickenparrot

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I'm afraid it's very unlikely you will find a bird that will except all your family, they tend to have one person they really really like and then just tolerate the rest as long as they are at a distance. Don't get me wrong the odd parrot might jump on everyone but that is rare. Have you thought about a cockateil or budgie?
 

Scott199

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I don’t have any or have much knowledge but I do hear many good things about cockatiels being good for the whole family

a lot of people dismiss them as being a “parrot” but they do seem to have plenty of personality

maybe others can comment on them
 

Milo25

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We got our cockatiel 3 weeks ago, we got him from a breeder and he was 12 weeks old and hand tame, he is our first pet bird and I have to say he is incredible so friendly and funny loves to be out of his cage and will go to anyone there are 5 of us although my children are a lot older than your little one. I would say he is the best thing we ever done. Such a great pet x
 

CaptainHowdy

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I agree with cockatiels and budgies. They are very underrated but such amazing birds! Especially where children are concerned.

Just to check do you live in a flat or a house? Do you have close neighbours etc? Whilst I don't mind hearing bird noises, other neighbours might so if you do live in a flat or have thin walls its one to consider as some birds get very noisy!
 

Skilzo

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I am just doing as much reading as possible just so much conflicting information out there but I do understand that even one parrot of the same species won't be the same as another.

I have had a look at some of the parrot rescue but it seems to be bigger parrots which I don't know how they would get on with my daughter.

Still undecided probably will be for a while but I will be adding tiels to the list to look at and Meyers seem to be recommended as will so more reading to be done
 

Scott199

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Plenty of rescues have smaller birds, I know of one that has a conure and a few budgies. Forum rules forbid me from mentioning names

but a decent search will bring up the 2/3 main ones
 

Zoe220615

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Cockatiels great with kids always found them to be really tolerant of kids i have three little ones an i can honestly say they like to be with them. Green cheek conures good choice like to be about everyone did have one that grew to really hate my oldest son though. Ringnecks i have a female named indali an she is great loves my 5 year old daughter she can often be found sitting with her. If its your first bird wouldnt over look a cockatiel or even a budgie. They are what you make them.
 

Lauraj

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Hello!

I have an african grey who is a medium sized and also have a parrotlet who is a small bird.
Both were bought when they were young, i had paper work with my grey to show his age however only word of the store we bought our parrotlet from stating her age.

My grey is only one so is still very young, he goes to anybody in the house however i am fully aware when he matures he can and probably will pick a favourite person, if you see a young bird going to anybody don't take this as the bird will do this forever as birds mature and change, I have tried very hard to socialise my grey letting anybody handle him if he wishes to go to them, so far this is working well but there's no guarantee this will continue.
My parrotlet went to anybody however in the last 4 month's she has bonded to my boyfriend, she will tolerate me when he is not around but if she's fed up of me she will give me a nasty little bite to say go away im done with you. This is more often than not my fault for pushing my luck with her and wanting her to love me back but she's picked her person and she's obsessed with him!

I bought both my birds young, however there are so many parrots wanting rehoming. If i ever am lucky enough to have another bird i will be rehoming, i don't know any rescues however have looked on some sites though a google search and seen both big and little birds. All birds are different and no two birds will be the same. I wish you well on your search 😁
 

Michael Reynolds

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Budgies and cockatiels can be great in family situations another species I will always recommend is the King parrot even the wild birds like children watch on you tube "feeding wild Australian parrots" Hand reared and tame Ringnecks also normally get on with all the family, conures are normally great but they do have a habit of nipping and that may frighten a young child.
 

JackAndRob

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Ruppells, Meyers and Jardines are in the same genus of parrots, which also includes Senegals and Capes. They can become friendly with everyone in the household. They are stocky, muscular birds and have a powerful bite though. They can go through a nippy stage in early adulthood, so perhaps not suitable for younger children.

Budgies and 'tiels are smaller birds, but as you are probably aware from the countless videos on the likes of YouTube, they are full of character.
 

DizzyBlue

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Can't really add to the species that overs have suggested.
I have amazons and greys but my little dude flock are totally awesome there are tiels and budgies and have to say my larger birds do have some right temper tantrums at times but the tiels and budgies on the whole are totally chilled out personality wise and really lovely natured and when they don't want to interact rather than trying to ripe me limb from limb like my larger birds they do just move away to another area :)
 

Wendy Cooper-Wolfe

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It certainly sounds as if the tiels and budgies may be the answer when you are starting off and have a child to consider. Dora is a Senegal and although she has met some children and been tolerant I wouldnt trust her with them as she is a small bird that can deliver a very big bite!
 
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