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Have had all three all made more noise than my Pacifics. Least noisy bird in our home flock is the Blue Crown Conure, but then he is an odd one. Bob Wheeler

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Hmmm, your conure was the quietest ... that's a surprise. I've read/heard that they can be pretty loud. I babysat a conure for a few days (green with little red stockings) and he made my eardrums vibrate. Cute looking, though!

LindaA
I've never heard a loud senegal. Any senegal owners have loud ones?

::Delurks a bit:: I have a Senegal, Ozzy, who, when he wants to can come close to cracking windows with ... and I've got the puncture wounds to prove it! cheers, and good luck with getting your friend into birds, patricia

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Your Ozzy sounds adorable. I think birds tend to try to outdo one another in the noise department ... they tend to whip each other into a calling frenzy. At least that's what I've noticed with my birds. First, the budgies start yakking and then the lovebirds chime in, then the linnies, and finally the quaker. Poor little parrotlets can't be heard above that din. Ozbird sounds like he has quite the personality as well. Thanks for sharing, Patricia.

LindaA
I've heard Parrotlets call a lot,

Mine can get a little excited on occasion and when that happens, they do call. But their voices are not very loud at all so it's not bothersome in the least. Of the three parrotlets that I own, the male is louder than the two females, but still they're not what I would consider noisy.
but never fragile.

By fragile, I mean because of their tiny size, they can get hurt (stepped on, sat on, squeezed by kids, etc.). Mine like to hide and play games (peek-a-boo), and sometimes when they're out of their cage, they're hiding somewhere ... hanging on the side of a cage, sitting on a bookshelf, even walking on the floor. You have to be careful with these little ones.
My first recommendation would be a budgie. Get the bird young, and keep the bird on your shoulder whenever home. ... other homes. None the less, a parrotlet is my second recommendation. After 4 months of socializing, get a second Parrotlet.

I agree ... budgies and parrotlets make excellent pets.
And why no canary?

Fascination with hookbills.
Thanks for all your comments.

LindaA
hi Linda I've never had a parrot before three days ago but I had that type of desire. "The Quite ... left. Only $250.00 I am in Florida. good luck, Niki PS I decide to change his name to JAVA

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Java sounds just wonderful. I've been researching the red-bellied parrots and they look like they can be great pets and not bad in the "noise department". How fortunate for you to have paid only $250. I'm in Canada and I know that we could never find a red-belly for that price. If my memory serves me right, I saw a young red-belly about two years ago and it was between $1,000 and $2,000. Anyway, thanks for sharing your thoughts on Java (cute name!) and wishing you much happiness in the years to come with your baby.

LindaA
I have a female red belly. Her body is about 8 inches long. Although she is vocal, it is not ... level. Although at night, she is very quiet, at the break of dawn, she can be an effective alarm clock!

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Red-bellies seem to make very delightful pets ... from what everyone's saying. Thanks for sharing.

LindaA
I have a solo parrotlet; one of my prime considerations was noise level, since I'm in an apartment.
If a parrotlet is too small for your friend, how about a lineolated?

Laurie S.
Edmonton, AB
He is an odd one but he is in with a Quaker, Maxillian, Blue Front and M-Too. He has a flock to converse with and does not need to call constantly for my attention. Single birds, left alone and not interacted with can definitely get noisy.
Bob W

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I have a solo parrotlet; one of my prime considerations was noise level, since I'm in an apartment. If a parrotlet is too small for your friend, how about a lineolated? Laurie S. Edmonton, AB

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Thanks, Laurie, for the suggestion. I agree ... linnies are super and not bad at all in the noise department. I have a pair of them just under a year old. They are marvelous pets, IMHO ... very even tempered and have endearing mannerisms. My male parrotlet started out very sweet, but he's turned into a bit of a monster. I've read/heard they can go through "the terrible twos". He's close to that age and lately he's been moody and somewhat aggressive. People liken them to Amazon parrots, personality-wise, so maybe that's where his spunky attitude comes from. Thanks again for your input.

LindaA
He is an odd one but he is in with a Quaker, Maxillian, Blue Front and M-Too. He has a ... call constantly for my attention. Single birds, left alone and not interacted with can definitely get noisy. Bob W

I had to laugh when I thought of this because of Our Macaw and Conure. They have lived together for 4 years now, and still hate each other. If one gets within reach of the other they right away start the beak sparing thing, BUT, when we are not in the room with them they will strike up some great conversations with each other. It still makes me laugh every time I hear it, the two of them talking and squawking to each other with all kinds of words, whistles, and noises. They seem to like the company even if they do not want to be close to each other.

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