Looking to have a parrot for a pet

Hi there,

We currently very new to this. We are looking to get a parrot and currently we are living in an apartment. We were looking at Eclectus or a mini Macaw. I was wondering if some one could give us advice which bird to get. We are looking for a bird that we can teach to talk, be friendly and likes to cuddle. Any advise would be appreciated.

Thank you.

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Dec 18, 2007
Looking for a parrot for a pet
by: Anonymous

For a first bird, I recommend a male cockatiel. Most of them learn to talk , can whistle beautiful tunes and can be very cuddlesome if you get a handfed young one.One drawback , they are very dusty but so are a lot of birds.

Dec 18, 2007
Choosing an Eclectus or a Mini Macaw
by: Tracie


First you need to make sure that your apartment complex will allow birds and then check with your neighbors to see if they mind the noise.

Your bird will most likely "sound off" early in the morning and late in the evening. I call this the "greet the sun scream" and "the day is over announcement" times. The bird may vocalize much more often than that.

Please read all the stories on this website that people have written that have birds that you are considering. Every bird is different and it is best to be prepared for the worst and be happy with what comes you way. Can you live with the worst case scenario for this bird?

Some say that the Female Eclectus are not as easy to handle when they get breeding age. Again, you know what you can handle.

There are some great Mini Macaw's out there too. They can have fun, playful personalities.

The very best way to get a bird is for the bird to pick you out. If at all possible, please visit some breeders and play with the species you are interested in. Make sure you hear the vocalizations of these birds too.

There may just be a bird out there that attaches itself to you and it will be love a first site for both of you. It might even be an older bird that needs a home that picks you!

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