Princess in Waiting
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Central FL - beside the Mouse
I'd suggest that you start kind of small. A senegal parrot is a great little buddy, most of them talk, love to be your friend.
A lot of it depends on how they are raised from the start. Try to get a bird from a breeder and not from a pet store. Cockatiels are usually great birds in the smaller bird category (I'm thinking smaller just because you said you enjoyed the lovebird.)
The biggest problem with a mid-size bird (i.e. conure) is that they are one of the noisiest birds you can choose. They scream at everything and nothing. I had a male who was a good little guy (except all that screaming) 'til he hit puberty, then he didn't want anything to do with me.
Do lots of research on the internet before you make your choice. Several of us have birds (I have 4) and will be glad to help you if you have questions about certain breeds. I'm not saying I personally know everything, but between us, we bird people can usually find one of us that has experience with a certain type of bird. (I worked in an aviary for a while too.)
If you go a bit bigger the Orange Wing Amazon is a nice bird - there are bigger Amazons, but this is not the smallest of the breed. Again, most of the way the bird acts is going to be determined if and how he was handfed and how much time the breeder spent with him.
Just don't let him slide while you are doing other things! You can quickly get on the bird's bad side if you ignore him for a few days while you are out doin' your thing at school, surfing, etc. Make sure that you are willing to give up some of the time spent doing other things to spend adequate time with the bird.
Good luck - and let us know how it goes!
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