Eight of the Best Small to Medium Pet Birds That Talk

Wild Monk Parakeets

Some people might visualize an or a huge when they imagine a talking pet bird. However, many small- to medium-sized bird species are just as capable of learning to communicate verbally as their huge parrot relatives. Some animals may acquire a large number of words and phrases, but others simply often repeat a small number of basic terms. The eight small and medium pet bird species listed below can be taught to communicate.


No bird, regardless of species, will learn to talk unless it has plenty of opportunity to communicate with its caregiver and practice using words. Additionally, certain birds may never become proficient at mimicking human speech, even with practice.

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    Blue budgie with a toy

    One of the most popular and tiniest pet birds is also one of the finest talkers. Budgies (or parakeets) can learn hundreds of words, which is a much greater number than many birds that are many times their size can. These little parrots can be difficult to train to speak, but with persistence and patience, owners are frequently rewarded with talkative pets.

    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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    It is understandable why Indian ringneck parakeets were historically exclusively available as pets to individuals in positions of aristocracy given that some of these birds had vocabularies of more than 500 phrases. Additionally, ringnecks were historically revered by Indian religious authorities who saw the birds reciting prayers in the grounds around their monasteries. The birds were merely imitating the people's daily prayer sessions, it turned out.

    Species Overview

    Length: 14 to 17 inches

    Weight: 4 ounces

    Physical Characteristics: Green plumage; blue tail; yellow under wings; males have black and rose rings around their necks; mutations include blue, cinnamon, albino, and lutino

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    A quaker parrot is an excellent choice for anybody wishing to acquire a true chatterbox (or monk parakeet). These birds are renowned for having vivacious personalities and speaking with clarity and excellence. But before taking one home, find out the legal requirements in your area if you're considering a quaker. In several regions of the United States, it is against the law to keep them as pets because, should they escape, they might endanger local species.

    Species Overview

    Length: 11 to 12 inches

    Weight: 3 to 5 ounces

    Physical Characteristics: Green head, wings, and body; gray breast, cheeks, and throat; blue flight feathers´╗┐; mutations include blue, albino, cinnamon, lutino, and pied

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    The adorable Senegal parrot, a native of Africa, enjoys interacting with its caregiver. If this species is something you're thinking about, you should have a few hours each day to spend with your bird. These birds have a tendency to be a little quieter and calmer than other parrot species, but with constant training, they may mimic speech and other noises.

    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

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    A blue-crowned conure is an additional excellent choice for a medium-sized talking bird. Conures often don't speak very well; instead, they mimic noises like alarm clocks blaring. But with consistent instruction, the blue-crowned conure is able to pick up a number of words and phrases. This bird is not recommended for apartment life since it may screech fairly loudly.

    Species Overview

    Length: 15 inches

    Weight: 3 to 6 ounces

    Physical Characteristics: Bright blue head; green body; reddish tail tip; pink legs; tan beak; white rings around eyes

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    The black-hooded parakeet, also known as the nanday conure, is a playful and sociable medium-sized bird. They like picking up new skills and have a tendency to be quite friendly with their keepers. They can acquire certain words and brief phrases and are also quite loud, however their voices are often raspy and lack clarity.

    Species Overview

    Length: 10 to 11 inches

    Weight: 5 ounces

    Physical Characteristics: Black head; green body; grayish-blue chest patch; blue tail; red accent on legs; white eye rings; black beak

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    Cockatiels can be taught a few words, although they aren't as talkative as some other types of pet birds. Additionally, they are frequently quite good at imitating common home sounds, like microwaves, doorbells, alarm clocks, and phone ringers. Many cockatiels are also skilled whistlers, and some have even learned to whistle whole tunes.

    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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    Big personalities are crammed into tiny bodies in parrotlets. When properly socialized, these little, clever "pocket parrots" may make for quite affectionate pets. The fact that some of them can speak a few phrases in a much softer voice than many larger parrots is not very well known.

    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