Within the next year or so I'm looking to get my first personal bird within a year, so no rush. For a long time I was dead set on lovebirds, because they are so sweet and I love the sounds they make. But after spending a few hours on some different threads I'm really drawn towards conures. What really catches my my eye about the conures is how much of a velcro pet they can be, how trainable, how goofy and fun they are, and their long lifespan. I do not mind nipping at first, and i do not mind the occasional screeching, but generally speaking I was hoping they would be relatively apartment friendly. Another important thing is that the bird would have to be ok being home alone while I'm at work 8-5 on weekdays (i can come home for an hour midday on my break). I see a lot of people raving about how awesome their Green Cheek Conures are, but i was wondering if there are any major differences between them and other conures and which would be a better fit? I, of course, would be spending time with different individual birds to get a feel for them before making any choices. I would love to hear about your experiences with different types of conures, and what you think their pros and cons are. One last question, generally speaking do you find males or females to be easier going? Thanks!