I figured this should go here, as noise is a part of behaviour... I'm going to be a first-time bird owner. I've done lots of research on this topic, but I thought I would ask. I'm looking for a good apartment bird. Something quiet and pleasant-sounding and hopefully not too messy (I don't mind a mess in the cage, but I'd like it if they wouldn't throw food, feathers, and feces outside of the cage). Not too large, and I'm on a bit of a budget but have been known to totally throw that to the wind for a good buy. I definitely want something I can pick up and carry around and pet and perhaps teach words and tricks to. If there's a sort that would be perfectly at ease just sitting on my shoulder/head for hours at a time while I'm on the computer, that'd be fantastic! I don't want parakeets, at least not like the ones PetSmart carries, as I dislike the noise and the mess is unreal (at least at my store). I'm hesitant on cockatiels as the only one I've ever met whistles very loudly. I've heard different things on diamond doves, mostly positive except for the extremely negative. Same with green-cheeks. Birds that I've had recommended to me: -Bourke's parrots -Parrotlets -Ringneck doves -Cockatiels -Diamond doves -Parakeets -Green-cheeked conures -Canaries -Pionus parrots -Senegal parrots I think the ones of that list that I am most attracted by are the diamond doves, parrotlets (especially the adorable little blue ones!), and pionus parrots, but I'm most drawn to good behaviour and low noise. Thoughts? Additional species to consider?