> I keep Red Bellied, Senegals, Lesser Jardines but not the
> Meyers. A friend of mine raises them, so I have limited
> experience with them.
> All the Poicephalus have their own behaviors that make them
> unique. You mention your husband wanting a bird that can talk?
> All of them can talk, but the degree of clarity and ability
> to mimic is not as refined as the larger parrots. Their
> voices are somewhat 'robotic' sounding. Some of them can put
> words and phrases in appropriate context, while others can
> not. I mention this because I don't know what your
> expectations are geared towards?
> The kid/bird relationship is questionable. The age and
> behavior of the kid is going to have a large bearing on how
> the bird responds. I've heard that Meyers are more gentle
> than Senegals, but I've also seen them in 'action,' so to
> speak, and they can compete with the Senegal's nippiness.
> And most Poicephalus are know for having their favorite
> person/persons. This is true of the Meyers, also.
> But what I will say is this...from this group of birds, you
> get quite a big package in a smaller bird. They can be
> sweet, entertaining, full-of-fun and are easily trained and
> interacted with!
> Best of luck to you in whatever you decide.
> Michael L
Thanks for the insight. My children are pretty good with
animals. We had a budgie that died in the Spring although I
understand that a parrot is a whole different story. My oldest
son is not a big bird person so will probably choose to have
little interaction, my middle guy is good and has a heart of
gold but can be little loud especially when he is excited and
my youngest daughter is awesome with animals. She is by far my
animal lover just like me. Ultimately this will probably be
mine and my daughter's bird. If they do not like the bird in
the long run I suppose they will just lose interest in it. I
myself have always loved birds but have never had anything but
a budgie. I have to admit I am a little nervous about taking
the plunge but also very excited.