Up until last Friday, we had a pet parakeet named Blue. We had never considered being bird owners until this stray little blue parakeet came around a few years ago and wouldn't leave. We tried to find his home to no avail. We adopted him, got him a large cage and have enjoyed having him up until he died last Friday. We took him to the vet a few weeks ago when he stopped singing and wouldn't stand on his left leg. It seems he developed a tumor. He was good company and had a large vocabulary of sounds and phrases. Guests never believed us that he talked, until they'd hear him chat up a storm. His favorite phrases were mimicking the alarm panel near his cage. "Fault, Garage Door," for example. He enjoyed lying on a chest when one of us would lie on the sofa. He'd snuggle up under a chin and go to sleep. Now, we really miss him and would like to get another bird (or birds) to fill his former cage. The cage is about 30" W, 18" D, and 36" tall. We would love to get another talking bird, but not one that is really loud, like larger parrots tend to be. We also would rather not spend hundreds or thousands of dollars. What kinds of birds should we consider? Where should we look? We are planning a trip to the bird store where we bought the cage, as opposed to going to Petco or a similar store. Thanks for the advice in advance.