Hey all! Okay, I'm thinking about purchasing a parrot for our home. I love parrots, but I've never had a bird before, so I really fear biting off more than I can chew. (And I'm nervous that I'll buy a bird that will scream loud enough for the neighbours to complain.) We really fell in love with a beautiful young male Eclectus parrot, but I know little about them. This guy is four months old, and not ready to go to a new home yet... so there is a little time to decide. He's SOOOO friendly. And BEAUTIFUL. I *used* to want a B&G Macaw, but my wife outlawed it, as she kinda fears birds that big. What about a Hahn's Macaw, or a yellow-ring-neck, I think it's called? (Two smaller macaws.) Love african greys too, but I understand that they are REALLY intelligent, which is a bit intimidating. Several friends have pointed out that a parrot can be a longer-than-life commitment, and you need to KNOW you are a bird-person. So they have suggested starting out with a Budgie/Budrigar or a Cockatiel. (My wife isn't big on cockatiels, but she likes budgies.) I'm not sure I like the idea of a "starter" bird, as that sounds...disposable... to me. And animals are not disposable. THAT line of reasoning got me thinking about a Quaker Parrot. Not so expensive, not as long-lived as other parrots. So, I'm looking for opinions here. Any thoughts on the above ramblings? I really like that Eclectus, but I'm nervous about the cost & commitment. Quaker a good option? Budgie? Also, I have cats. Smaller birds a bad idea? How does one calculate a good size for a cage? Finally, what other start-up costs should I expect? (Obviously a cage, but what else?) Phew! Thanks for any thoughts you can share!!!