The 8 Best Talking Pet Bird Types

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Talking birds are genuinely one-of-a-kind among other kinds of companion pets because of their extraordinary capacity to mimic human speech. However, you'll probably discover that the birds' mimicking skills still pale in contrast to how endearing, fascinating, and really astonishing they are—which is why they have enjoyed such long-standing popularity. Eight of the most common talking bird species are listed here so you may learn more about these magnificent pets.

Tip

Avoid adopting a bird of any kind just because you want one that can communicate; speaking is not a certainty in any particular bird. Although a person's propensities may be inherited, their upbringing environment has a significant impact on their interest in vocal and imitation communication.

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    Budgerigar In Cage

    The fact that the little budgies, often known as or simply as parakeets, can really speak as well as some of the bigger parrot species surprises many people. Even hundreds of words have been observed to accumulate in the vocabularies of certain budgies. Even though it might be challenging to understand what budgies are saying due to their harsh voices, people who care for them frequently find them to be chatty little creatures.

    Species Overview

    Length: 7 inches

    Weight: 1 ounce

    Physical Characteristics: Light green body with black wing markings and yellow head; captive-bred colors of blue, gray, green, white, violet, yellow/blue

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    The stunning and alluring genus of Amazon parrots is another group of birds that is renowned for having remarkable speech ability. These birds are noted for their outstanding vocal clarity, which rivals that of any other parrot species. They are also known for developing big, astounding vocabulary. Amazon parrots are incredibly entertaining pets for individuals looking for a bird that the entire family can interact with frequently and are excellent at in addition to talking.

    Species Overview

    Length: 13 to 15 inches

    Weight: 7 to 25 ounces

    Physical Characteristics: Green body feathers; over 15 subspecies of Amazon Parrot with different head colorings

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    The talkative abilities and endearing dispositions of the lovely Quaker parrots, commonly referred to as Monk parakeets, have long been admired. Quaker owners claim that their birds can even use their words in context and that Quakers are able to develop pretty big vocabularies. Quaker parrots are a fantastic option for anyone looking for the entertainment of a bigger parrot in a more portable form.

    Species Overview

    Length: 11 inches

    Weight: 4 to 5 ounces

    Physical Characteristics: Bright green, white or blue body; gray breast, cheeks, and throat resembles colonial-era Quaker clothing; orange beaks

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    The adorable parakeets, native to India and Asia, have been kept as pets for ages; formerly, they were solely maintained for royalty because of their extraordinary speaking ability. In the grounds of temples where they conducted daily prayers centuries ago, monks studied these birds and saw that the wild birds imitated the prayers they were hearing. As a result, people started to think that these birds were sacred or heavenly.

    Species Overview

    Length: 16 inches

    Weight: 5 to 6 ounces

    Physical Characteristics: Bright green body; red and black neck ring on male, no ring or a pale shadow on female

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    The extraordinary intelligence of has been the subject of research that have increased the attractiveness of these birds as pets. Greys are capable of expanding their vocabulary. Most people talk clearly and pick up words pretty easily. There are several accounts of owners who believed they were speaking to a human relative in the next room only to discover that their pet Grey was imitating the voice. Although these birds are intriguing, getting one for your house requires a large amount of specialized care and at least five hours of social interaction each day.

    Species Overview

    Length: 13 inches

    Weight: 15 to 18 ounces

    Physical Characteristics: Varying shades of gray on the body; red tail feathers

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    Another huge parrot species with demonstrated communication ability in captivity is the Australian cockatoo. Although it has been said that training cockatoos to speak is challenging, these birds just have a softer, sweeter speaking voice than other parrots. Trainers of cockatoos must have keen listening abilities in order to hear and comprehend the subtle speech of their charges. Cockatoos need certain socializing restrictions in their daily schedule as well. Otherwise, excessive attachment and separation anxiety might have negative health effects.

    Species Overview

    Length: 18 inches

    Weight: 14 to 28 ounces

    Physical Characteristics: Mostly white body; some yellow feathers underneath the wings; reddish eyes in females, brown to black eyes in males

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    Your first impression of Eclectus parrots may be their stunning colors and obvious variations in male and female plumage. However, Eclectus Parrots are capable of speaking clearly, and they frequently imitate their owners. These 30-year-old talking pets may be less likely to outlive their owners than longer-lived talking pets.

    Species Overview

    Length: 14 inches

    Weight: 12 to 19 ounces

    Physical Characteristics: Green male body with blue and red, yellow on the head; red female body with purple, blue and some yellow

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    The Severe macaw is the biggest of the tiny macaws, and bird fans like it for its big personality. Although these little macaws aren't as talkative as some other parrots, they can imitate speech. Though their speech isn't always clear, like other macaws, they are highly adept at picking up quick phrases and singing fragments of tunes. For their size, severe macaws are often noisy birds. However, severe macaws can learn to use their inner voices with enough socializing because they like developing strong bonds with their owners.

    Species Overview

    Length: 15 to 20 inches

    Weight: 16 ounces

    Shiny green body; chestnut-colored spots on the foreheads and under the beaks; an iridescent blue patch on the crown of the head; red patches along the margins of the wings; and blue tail feathers with red undersides are only a few of its physical characteristics.

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