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At this point I've pretty well decided on a Budgie one factor being that my husband has a minor case of asthma, and the 'powdery' substance on cockateils might cause a problem.

Budgies have "powder" too.
I also read today that the larger English Budgies have only about half the life expectancy of the American Budgies.

Well, I know of one English that's pushing 8 and still going strong. Longevity has a lot to do with breeding, diet, environment, etc.
I will go with an American Budgie.

English are generally more laid back, less hyper.
I spoke to a breeder yesterday and may go to see what she has this weekend.. She doesn't have any birds for sale right now, but told me she would be happy to handfeed a baby for me at the right time.

Have you checked her references?
Jack

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I'm wondering which type of bird to adopt. It's between a budgie (English or American) or a cockateil. I would enjoy a bird ... know either one would not be as good a talker as a larger parrot but I prefer a small bird) Jackie

If you are looking for a bird based on it's abilitity to 'talk', dont get a bird. They're too much work. None have guarantees to talk... most come with guaranteees to make other noises that will drive you crazy.
I have a couple of good talking tiels here Alex. They are very clear too.

My male tiel is a very good, clear talker.
If you are looking for a bird based on it's abilitity to 'talk', dont geta bird. They're too much work. None have guarantees to talk... most come with guaranteees to make other noises that will drive you crazy.

I should follow-up. Course, if you understand the responsibility that comes with a bird of ANY size, I'd go with the budgie. They have personality plus in those little bodies!
Go with a male in either a tiel or budgie. They typically have greater tendancies to talk.
I'm wondering which type of bird to adopt. It's between ... talker as a larger parrot but I prefer a small bird)

Guess which bird holds the Guiness (sp?) record for the largest vocabulary?

Budgie at IIRC 600.
\ / . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A budgie! So it's no contest. A cockasqueal isn't even close. Think of the turtle and the hare. Jack

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