The top 8 birds for apartment life

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Aside from their ability to fly, birds are most renowned for their vocalizations. Even while a bird's cry may seem like song to its carer, not everyone will agree. Therefore, if you live near to your neighbors, think about a quiet bird species that thrives in confined areas. When compared to their bigger avian cousins, these birds are rather little and laid back. Here are eight types of birds that may live in apartments.


Just because a bird tends to be quiet, that doesn't necessarily mean it's low-maintenance. It still needs plenty of daily mental and physical stimulation.


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    blue budgie in a cage

    Consider a budgie if you have your heart set on a instead (or parakeet). Although these little birds frequently chirp throughout the day, they are typically not loud enough to annoy nearby residents. Additionally, although being rather busy, they don't need the enormous cages as larger parrots need. Outfit your budgie with an enclosure that is longer than it is high to provide it room to hop and fly in addition to daily outside-the-cage activity.

    Species Overview

    Length: 6 to 8 inches

    Weight: 1 ounce

    Physical Characteristics: Green abdomen; black and yellow back; yellow head; dark blue tail; mutations include blue, yellow, white, and gray

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    Canaries are perfect apartment companions because of their modest size, even though they typically dislike being handled. Although they are quite loud, those who aren't close to them seldom detect their small sounds. Canaries, despite their little size, can create a lot of havoc. When these birds live inside your house, seed, vegetable scraps, and pellets frequently flutter around.

    Species Overview

    Length: 5 to 8 inches

    Weight: 0.5 to 1 ounce

    Physical Characteristics: Feathers of bright yellow (most common), red, orange, or white; some varieties have head crests or frilly feathers

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    Finches, like canaries, are typically kept as hands-off pets due to their small size and wary attitude. They also vocalize regularly throughout the day, although their sounds are too little to be heard as easily as those of bigger birds. Finches thrive in small groups and need the biggest enclosure available because it's usually the only place they have to exercise.

    Species Overview

    Length: 4 inches

    Weight: 0.5 ounce

    Physical Features: Male zebra finches have red-orange beaks, orange cheek patches, and black and white neck bars. Females have gray body coloring and a less brilliant beak (female zebra finch)

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    Even while cockatiels use a bit more space than other smaller species, their chirps and cries rarely get loud enough to annoy nearby residents. The capacity of cockatiels to learn to whistle is astonishing, and they have a lot of personality. These birds often get along with other birds and can quickly adapt to most types of living conditions.

    Species Overview

    Length: 12 to 13 inches

    Weight: 3 ounces

    Physical Characteristics: Gray body; yellow face and crest; orange cheeks; long tail; mutations include albino, lutino, pied, and cinnamon

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    Little parrotlets can't shriek as many other parrots do. Even the pickiest neighbors seldom notice their quiet chirps. These joyful and active birds have the vitality of a young child and can soar, hop, and swing all day long. However, they don't need as much room to exercise as a larger species.

    Species Overview

    Length: 4 to 5 inches

    Weight: 1 ounce

    Physical Characteristics: Green head and body; blue on back and behind eyes; mutations include blue, yellow, and white

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    Pionus Parrot

    The pionus family, which includes the blue-headed pionus and bronze-winged pionus, is noted for its peaceful disposition and is a good choice if you want a bigger bird. These birds don't have a tendency to bite, and they are usually calm and friendly. They do, however, require a sizable habitat to suit their size, as well as room for playfulness outside of the cage.

    Species Overview

    Length: 11 inches

    Weight: 8 to 9 ounces

    Physical Characteristics: Blue head and neck; green body; black patches over ears; red on underside of tail; black beak with red sides

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    Bourke's Parakeet

    Bourke's parakeets are typically calm, laid-back Australian natives. Although they only engage in modest activity, they like a large area where they may fly for at least a few hours each day. These birds get along nicely with other calm birds like finches and frequently form close bonds with their keepers.

    Species Overview

    Length: 7 to 9 inches

    Weight: 2 ounces

    Physical Characteristics: Brown-tinted plumage; pink abdomen; blue rump; yellowish-brown beak; males have blue crowns while females have white

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    Senegal parrots tend to be quiet and tranquil while many other parrots may be rather loud and demanding. These birds frequently form close bonds with a single person and depend on regular contact with their families to flourish. They only need a medium-sized habitat, but they should spend as much time outside the cage as they can for enrichment and exercise.

    Species Overview

    Length: 10 inches

    Weight: 4 to 5 ounces

    Physical Characteristics: Gray head; green wings and chest; V-shaped patch of a red to yellow color on belly

Birds to Avoid

Avoid species that are known to be noisy, such and macaws, if you're searching for a calm bird. But bear in mind that every bird is unique. Even if some species have a tendency to be quieter, you should always carefully consider the bird you wish to bring home before making a decision.