Hello! I recently joined this site in hopes of getting some advice on how to become a serious bird owner. I have had parakeets before as a young child, but my parents did most of the caretaking. Now, my family is not the most animal-friendly home... my mom can tolerate birds since her mother was an avid avian lover, but she would rather the feathered friends live outside and didn't handle our parakeets all that much. Unfortunately, our parakeets never had the best lives and often passed away way too early. Later, as a young teen, I begged my parents for birds. We got a pair of parakeets from a local pet shop (not the best place, but I was beyond thrilled to finally have birds of my own), and the birds were living a pretty good life even under the agreement that they would spend some of their time in a cage outside. I would bring them in and handle them almost every day, and I would give them toys and treats to keep them busy. This did not last for long... My sister, reenacting a scene from a movie, accidentally knocked the cage over and my birds flew away... Now, I'm a college student, a recent high school graduate, and I want to finally firmly start being a serious bird owner. It may take long to have the conditions I need to bring my new companion home, but I want to start my research now. I don't plan on bringing a bird home anytime soon since I want to get a home of my own, so I can live with my companion under my own rules, mostly the bird being inside rather than out. I'm wondering what's the best bird for a seasoned pet owner, sort of experienced bird owner? What should I look for when picking a bird out? Where would be the best places to get a bird? What are the basic things I need to have before bringing a bird home? I mentioned having parakeets most of my life, but I don't think those little guys are what I'm looking for. I would love to have a bird in the more medium size-range who will be more tolerant of people and love to be handled. I would love to be able to bring my bird around to some places with me without being worried about stressing her out. A more playful bird would be amazing, and a bird that can be a little vocal would be ok in my book. Thank you all in advance!