My youngest son (9.5 years old) has been asking for a pet bird for a while now. He has been talking specifically about pigeons but I'm not sure that is the best choice (he was partly looking at pigeons because we had said it needed to be an outdoor bird). I spoke with him a little more today and he said he would really like a bird that will like to be around him, perch on his arm, and maybe learn some sounds. To me, that sounds more like a parakeet would be a better choice. At first we didn't want an indoor bird but after talking with my husband more, we agreed we can make a space in the playroom for a bird. We would want our son to be mainly responsible for the care (with adult supervision of course). Does a parakeet sound like a good choice? What size/type of cage would be best? I know what they sell at the big pet stores but I also know they don't always offer what is really the best for the animal. Where should we look for a bird and what should we be looking for? What else should we know about caring for a pet bird? Thanks for any help and advice!