I love birds as well. They are so emotionally dependent and just precious. Unlike my reptiles and fish, bella NEEDS love and attention or she gets depressed. She's like a young child--Sometimes she'll be loud and messy, she'll push her boundries even when she knows she's being naughty, but you can't scold her harshly, you just gently teach and be sweet. The saddest thing in the world is a sad bird. Their hearts just break right in front of you! They also need playtime and love to explore their surroundings.
Now of course this is the smarter birds. The less advanced birds are still emotionally needy as well, but not as much. As long as one of the smaller birds like a finch feels like they are 'part of the flock' (just talking in the room with the bird and the bird will try to join in the chatter with the family) they seem pretty happy.
Some people may be turned off by this neediness(they can't just fill the food and walk away) but it's attractive to me as a pet because that bird LOVES you. There is no question. It's not like the anthropomorphising we usually do with our bettas. These animals have very strong emotions. Birds get so depressed when they are sold and move houses, or when an owner dies--or even when a family pet dies! Your family becomes their flock, and that is everything to a social bird.
Not to mention they are total hams! Bella is such a little dork. She 'waddles' around on the ground and mumbles like she's trying to talk. She gets all puffed up when you talk to her and loves to listen to piano.
It's so sad when families don't love their birds! Birds whistle and squawk loudly when they are lonely and want attention, which makes a less loving family frustrated--so they'll do something like put the bird in a room they never go in so they don't hear the squawking as loud. So the lonely bird gets louder and louder trying to get attention, even negative attention would be okay. The people move the bird further away. I knew a family who kept their cockatoo in the garage--freezing cold or summer heat. Just because it was loud. ;_; so sad.
I don't think birds are for everyone, although their are very different types of birds that suit homes better. People with a lot of time on their hands can handle the funny and emotionally needy cockatoos, but I know that I would be too busy to give it what it needs. People with less time can handle birds that are social with each other--think love birds. But if you don't like noise--don't get a parrot. It's just what they do, talk.
I personally am going to get a dove. Unlike parrots they don't squawk, and they don't have the strong parrot beak that can bite you REAL hard. They make cooing noises, are pretty sweet animals, and generally make really nice quiet pets compared to other birds.