I should explain my situation. I grew up on a farm, and I have a great deal of experience with animals. Having had chickens, cows, a horse, dozens of dogs, and a lot of cats, I feel as if I am prepared for a bird. I strayed away from getting birds because they're extremely smart—smart animals are a pain—some of whom live equally long as humans, and they're very vocal.
My ideal bird is a raven, but I refuse to get one for the obvious reason that they're virtually unmanageable under normal circumstances.
I want a bird that is no larger than a Cockatoo.
Given that I am an experienced pet owner, but completely inexperienced with birds (please pay more attention to the latter than the former), what sort of birds are appropriate for me?
I don't want to be a bad pet owner, and I feel as if it's rather easy to screw up owning a bird. They seem very sensitive.
Edit: I feel as if I should say this because I am sure it will be asked: I have all of the time in the world to spend with my bird. My job is as a writer and I make a decent amount of money. I can afford the time and money for most birds. So, it will not be an issue that, say, a Cockatoo will require a great deal of attention.