Some people choose as their first hookbill a conure. Conures have a certain range in size, but most of the more readily available types are a little larger than a cockatiel, and usually cost a bit more as well. One of the more expensive conures is the sun conure, which is mainly yellow and a very beautiful bird. The more commonly sold, reasonably priced conures are predominantly green with red, blue, or black accents.
A handfed bird would usually be the best pet, but be aware that conures can be very, very loud, so know what you're getting into. They're not a good choice to make if you live in an apartment with thin walls!
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