Does such a bird exist? My grandma is thinking about getting a pet bird for company but she doesn't want one that's too loud, too big, too flighty or too nervy. Ideally, she'd like one that doesn't mind being handled/played with.
Any ideas for species that fit this description? I/she is aware that individual birds vary in temperament and need taming. Basically, she's looking for a bird that's not going to be too much of a handful for an old lady with bad legs...
Thanks.
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Does such a bird exist? My grandma is thinking about getting a pet bird for company but she doesn't want one that's too loud, too big, too flighty or too nervy. Ideally, she'd like one that doesn't mind being handled/played with.

I'm sure someone will debate me on this, but I've recommended Goffin Cockatoos to people who do not want a BIG, loud bird. They are a nice size and cuddly and I've never heard one that was a screamer.

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Does such a bird exist? My grandma is thinking about ... Ideally, she'd like one that doesn't mind being handled/played with.

I'm sure someone will debate me on this, but I've recommended Goffin Cockatoos to people who do not want a BIG, loud bird. They are a nice size and cuddly and I've never heard one that was a screamer.

I'd suggest smaller, like a Meyer's, or maybe another in the Senegal family.
A friend has the Meyer's, I've got a Goffin. My Goffin will scream with the best of the too's, usually to get attention.
Playful ness is a function of how much human time the bird gets when its real young.
I saw a posting on the Internet once that said "If you want a quiet pet, don't get a bird".
Since then, I've gotten two budgies. They are certainly a couple of noisy fellows. It doesn't trouble me too much since they only make noise during the day, unless I turn on a light or the TV at night. At that point, I understand that I am disturbing their quiet time and so I try to keep the TV noise to a minimum. If I could afford a bigger place, I would reserve a room for them so that my activities wouldn't interfere. As it is I make do. If I need to watch something, I just keep it low and put up with their complaints; after all, I'm the one paying the rent.
Aside from the noise though, these birds are very easy to take care of and enjoyable as pets. They respond to Human interaction and stimulation. Without it, they seem to languish.
In the past, I owned a Large Marine Toad (Bufo marinus) called Henry. Henry was a large South American Toad that ate crickets and mice. He was very easy to live with. Probably the hardest part of his care would be feeding him. Some people would not enjoy the 'ick' factor.

The keets are probably about as easy to take care of as any animal out there. On a daily basis I only need to change their water and seed. Occasionally, I replace the paper on the bottom of their cage. There are some other tasks that need to be performed, like replacing their cuttlebone, but these occur less frequently.
Your question asks if there are less noisy or noiseless birds from which to choose. I don't know, but I doubt it, not if your grandma prefers true quiet. If she spends her time in a room other than the one where the birds would live, with a door between them, though, I might still consider it.
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Does such a bird exist? My grandma is thinking about getting a pet bird for company but she doesn't want one that's too loud, too big, too flighty or too nervy. Ideally, she'd like one that doesn't mind being handled/played with.

I think the kind of bird she is thinking of
is called a "cat".
(N.B. not a kitten.)
Does such a bird exist? My grandma is thinking about ... Ideally, she'd like one that doesn't mind being handled/played with.

I think the kind of bird she is thinking of is called a "cat". (N.B. not a kitten.)

LOL Good suggestion! Actually, my lovebird Peaches is fairly quiet. Much more quiet than the parakeets I've had off and on (mostly on) since 1966. They get to squawking and you can't get them to shut up. I love them, though.
Jill
Does such a bird exist? My grandma is thinking about getting a pet bird for company but she doesn't want ... a bird that's not going to be too much of a handful for an old lady with bad legs... Thanks.

A lovebird might fit the bill. Your grandmother may have more time to socialize a baby lovebird than I did; I was working 12 hour days and didn't really take the time to interact with Peaches so she's not a hands-on bird. I tried, and she could easily have been had I taken the time, but I came home exhausted. Bad timing. Or call me lazy.
As it is, she's a lovely feathered friend who chatters at me but not too loudly. She likes to gently pull my hair through the bars of her big cage and rings her bell toys all the time. She sings when I run water in the kitchen and to the sound of television or radio. Sometimes out of the blue she just sings. But she's much more quiet than a parakeet. 'keets have a habit of squawking for no apparent reason, loudly and continuously- *awwwk awwwk awwwk awwwk! They also are more messy in terms of flinging food around and chewing up the paper in the bottom of the cage.

And lovebirds don't require grit on the bottom of the cage. For calcium, put up a cuttlebone or a mineral block. I've also found my lovebird doesn't go after that (read: demolish) cuttlebone as fast as a parakeet will. Parakeets are lovely but they can be darned destructive and noisy. On the plus side, if you get one young enough to hand tame, they are endearing and loving little birds.
Jill
As it is, she's a lovely feathered friend who chatters at me but not too loudly. She likes to gently ... On the plus side, if you get one young enough to hand tame, they are endearing and loving little birds.

My budgies have never chewed the paper in the bottom of their cages (I have 3 budgie cages). They also don't require grit, never touch their cuttle bone, like their mineral bone.
I will agree, though, that they are noisy little things. It's not ear piercing noisy, but enough that you have to turn up the TV, which they then try to drown out. Emotion: wink
How about a parrotlet? I've never owned one, but they seem like active, social birds.
Becky
A lovebird might fit the bill. Your grandmother may have more time to socialize a baby lovebird than I did; ... On the plus side, if you get one young enough to hand tame, they are endearing and loving little birds.

I'd heard that lovebirds are generally bad-tempered birds...

My nan's had a few budgies over the years and they've generally behaved as you described - they've also tended to take flight in panic at the slightest outside noise and crash into things, as well as falling off their perches a lot at night and fluttering around/screeching. They can be vicious too - she's had quite a few cuts from her seemingly-friendly birds suddenly 'snapping' and deciding to sink their beaks into her finger.
I've had a lot of experience with these birds myself and I still find it difficult to gauge their moods most of the time. One minute they'll be putting their heads down and inviting you to stroke them, then the next they'll take exception to you touching the wrong feathers, rear up and bite you...
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