"Quiet" parrot recommendations

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LindaA:
A friend is very interested in buying a pet parrot, but would like to have a quiet species. I suggested a parrotlet to her, but she'd like something not quite as fragile and tiny.
My aviary includes budgies, lovebirds, parrotlets and a quaker, and at present I don't own any large parrots. From the little I know about larger (quiet) parrots, I suggested the following species:

- senegal
- red belly
- African gray
Comments, suggestions, personal experiences ... any and all advice and input would be appreciated which would help my friend make the right choice for her living situation. Thanks.

LindaA
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dkrug:
[nq:1]A friend is very interested in buying a pet parrot, but would like to have a quiet species. I suggested ... as loud (usually), she is constantly talking, whistling, imitating the phone or microwave. I would not describe her as quiet.[/nq]
Debbie
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Glen:
[nq:1]A friend is very interested in buying a pet parrot, but would like to have a quiet species. I suggested ... advice and input would be appreciated which would help my friend make the right choice for her living situation. Thanks.[/nq]
A Senegal is a good choice, although the old addage about "the only quiet bird is a dead bird" is more or less accurate. They are highly intelligent creatures and will come to demand whatever level of attention they get initially. So the two choices are to spoil them rotten, or ignore them to the point of abuse.
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LindaA:
[nq:2]A friend is very interested in buying a pet parrot, ... the right choice for her living situation. Thanks. LindaA[/nq]
[nq:1]Can't comment on the senegal or redbelly, but my grey is actually noisier than my U2. While she isn't as loud (usually), she is constantly talking, whistling, imitating the phone or microwave. I would not describe her as quiet. Debbie[/nq]
~~Thanks, Debbie, for the information. Actually I was very surprised to hear that your gray is noisier than your U2. In the 70s, I used to have three sulphur-crested toos and they were beyond noisy. I could hear them screeching as I was walking towards my house. In terms of noise, I was thinking more along the lines of screeching and yelling rather than making whistling sounds or imitating. Noise is relative, of course, and what bothers one person may not fizz on another.

I was defining "noise" as what could be considered a nuisance to other people (i.e., neighbours or tenants in the same building, etc.). I have a whole flock of budgies and when they all chatter together (do they ever shut up?!?!), it's pretty noisy. But having said that, I can't envision any "noise problems" with the neighbours because of my budgies. But a cockatoo screaming on top of its lungs ... hmmm, that may be another story.
LindaA
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LindaA:
[nq:2]A friend is very interested in buying a pet parrot, ... friend make the right choice for her living situation. Thanks.[/nq]
[nq:1]A Senegal is a good choice, although the old addage about "the only quiet bird is a dead bird" is ... they get initially. So the two choices are to spoil them rotten, or ignore them to the point of abuse.~~[/nq]
Thanks, Glen, for the information. I realize there are *NO* quiet birds ... even budgies and parrotlets vocalize. My friend knows that, of course, and has joked around that if she wants a "dead-quiet" bird she should get a Norwegian blue. Having said that, she wants to make a well-informed choice of what others may suggest as "quieter parrots". She's not looking to get into hassles with neighbours over noise issues because of a pet. I've had birds for a very long time and, because of my own experiences over the years, have suggested she stay away from certain species such as cockatoos, conures, quakers, etc. I also suggested a dove as a pet but she has her heart set on a parrot.
LindaA
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Alex:
I've heard Parrotlets call a lot, but never fragile. My first recommendation would be a budgie. Get the bird young, and keep the bird on your shoulder whenever home. A budge would be a great companion, socialized well and can be taught speak.
I have 2 Parrotlet pairs that will never closely socialize since I got them from grown and from at leat two other homes. None the less, a parrotlet is my second recommendation. After 4 months of socializing, get a second Parrotlet.
And why no canary?
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Starlight:
[nq:1]I've heard Parrotlets call a lot, but never fragile. My first recommendation would be a budgie. Get the bird young, and keep the bird on your shoulder whenever home. A budge would be a great companion, socialized well and can be taught speak.[/nq]
Perhaps a male English budgie. Mine is friendly, very tame, can talk some, and is a great companion. He and my female English are a bit less 'chattery' than my normal budgies.
You also might want to think about a Bourke. They're also very friendly and not "too" loud.
Becky
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Alex Clayton:
[nq:1]A friend is very interested in buying a pet parrot, but would like to have a quiet species. I suggested ... input would be appreciated which would help my friend make the right choice for her living situation. Thanks. LindaA[/nq]"Noise" is hard to define. I have 3 birds a Tiel, a Blue Crown Conure, and a Blue and Gold Macaw. To "me" none of them is "loud". I did have to do some work with the Conure when we first got him. I work nights and his screaming for no reason was just too much. It can be controlled to some extent. The other up side is birds rarely do this at night. If you live in one of those apartments where you can hear the neighbors talking or the TV, it could be a problem.

If not, the bird should not be too much trouble to neighbors. I would be more worried about does your friend really understand what is involved in owning a Parrot? It's a life time commitment to a child that never grows up and goes away. If they are sure they want a Parrot a Macaw would be fine, assuming they have room and time. Mine, as all, "can" make the walls vibrate when he gets excited, but he has learned not to do so for no reason. They are quite intelligent and can be to some extent trained.

Tell them to make sure they are willing to, and really understand what having a Parrot is all about, and if they do, worry about the neighbors next, but having any large bird in an apartment is quite doable. As to small birds, Love Birds are FAR from fragile. They make a great pet if you buy a hand fed tame one, or a very young one. They have the idea in their mind that they are a Scarlet Macaw, and are fearless, can't really scream, will chatter a lot, but I have never seen one with any real volume.

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LindaA:
[nq:2]I've heard Parrotlets call a lot, but never fragile. My ... a great companion, socialized well and can be taught speak.[/nq]
[nq:1]Perhaps a male English budgie. Mine is friendly, very tame, can talk some, and is a great companion. ... budgies. You also might want to think about a Bourke. They're also very friendly and not "too" loud. Becky[/nq]
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Thanks, Becky, for the suggestion. I have regular budgies as well as half-English and I adore them. In fact, budgies are my all-time favourite bird. There is nothing about them that I do not like and I think they make most excellent pets. I will check into the Bourkes and see what they're all about. Thanks again.

Linda
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