|Message:||Thanks for your input, especially the book information - I really appreciate it. And, yes it's extremely hard to imagine the noise when you've never heard it. I didn't find the Sun Conure too bad, so I'm going to go by that. Now, mind you, the Sun Conure that I've been visiting seems to like me and he chirps at me when I walk away, but it doesn't seem too bad. I'm going to visit him a few more times just to make sure that I haven't been lucky and seen him only on quiet days. He's so gorgeous, I can see why people would put up with a little noise.
It's a little scary (and exciting) getting your first parrot. I've always wanted one, but I wanted to wait until the time was right. I like all birds and feed the wild birds all the time. My daughter is almost all grown up so I should have lots of time now.
I'll let you know how it goes when he arrives (likely not until April-May)- he's just an egg right now!
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> It is so hard to describe noise, isn't it? I'm not familiar with the
> noise of a Quaker or Rose Breasted Cockatoo. A Nanday is definitely
> louder than a budgie. I have heard a Sun Conure only occasionally so
> I can't really compare. The noise sounded similar, to me. One of my
> Nandays is a "sentry" - he screams whenever he sees something out of
> the ordinary. It could be a dog walking by, or a raven, or even me
> with a grocery bag. But after the "monster" is gone, he stops. He
> certainly is not as loud as my macaw or Amazons, but his scream is
> much higher. My other Nanday is less likely to do a sentry scream,
> though both are male. Neither of my birds screams for long periods
> for no apparent reason. They usually only call when they want my
> attention (especially when food is expected!) or if they see
> something requiring the warning yell. I don't know if you can predict
> by a baby's behavior how likely that bird would be to be noisier than
> average. Maybe a breeder could comment? Because you don't have to
> worry about neighbors, and you are obviously a "bird person," you
> probably will not be bothered by a Nanday's calls, especially if you
> are not particularly sensitive to high pitched noises. The Companion
> Parrot Quarterly, or Sally Blanchard's book, has some good tips on
> how NOT to teach your bird to scream, as some people do without
> realizing it. In fact, reading her basic companion parrot book is a
> great way to prepare for your new arrival.