I always thought I hated birds. Did some research and ended up with a baby cockatiel about a month ago. My little attack bird ;f I have been amazed at how cuddly and affectionate they can be. If I wasn't in an apartment, I would have gotten a Cockatoo. They're like neurotic needy dogs with wings, it's totally crazy. I'm seriously considering selling a couple guns to finance the purchase of an African Gray parrot. They told me I wouldn't go long without wanting another. Problem is, when that happens with guns I can trade... it's hard to trade a bird!