They may be the most highly evolved of all birds, but I went off getting one a day or so before my arranged trip to a pet store in NY. They will require far too much care.
Alex was a super-genius among parrots (ABLE to understand words and even read !) but that does not encourage me to buying a parrot. Too much of a commitment, I found out. I'm no longer able to multitask and can only concentrate on 1 thing at a time.