The eight worst pets for apartment dwellers

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People who reside in flats and other types of close-knit living are all too aware of how readily noise can go from one place to another. If you want to acquire a but live in this circumstance, think twice about choosing a species noted for making loud, continuous noises. In addition to being noisy, many of these birds are also too big to dwell peacefully in a small house. Here are eight birds that usually shouldn't live in apartments.


Remember, some pet bird species are a commitment of 50 years or more. Consider what your living situation might be for the duration of the bird's life before settling on a species.

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    Blue-and-gold macaw

    Macaws are very clever and fascinating parrots, but when they scream at full volume, they emit an ear-piercing sound that can be heard a mile away. They frequently vocalize in bursts around sunrise and sunset, when most people would rather have peace and quiet. They are also some of the bigger pet birds, therefore they need wide cages and a place to play outside the cage.

    Species Overview

    Length: 30 to 36 inchesĀ 

    Weight: 28 to 46 ounces

    Physical Characteristics: Green forehead fading into teal on nape, back, tail, and wings; yellow chest and underside of wings; large black beak (blue-and-gold macaw)

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    Although Amazon parrots are frequently sociable and gregarious, keeping them in limited places can be difficult. In addition to their loud chatter and harsh screams, Amazons require a lot of space to play. Additionally, if they feel ignored or bored, they have a propensity to act out destructively, which can result in property damage for tenants.

    Species Overview

    Length: 15 to 17 inches

    Weight: 16 to 23 ounces

    Physical Characteristics: Green body; yellow head; red at the wing bend; tan beak; white rings around the eyes (double yellow-headed Amazon)

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    Although cockatoos are normally quite friendly creatures, their piercing screams may pierce even the most thoroughly soundproofed walls. Cockatoos' typical level of chatter may give someone a headache even when they're not attempting to be noisy. Additionally, they like to spend as much time as possible with their caregivers and may express their annoyance if left alone.

    Species Overview

    Length: 18 inchesĀ 

    Weight: 16 to 26 ounces

    Physical Characteristics: Primarily white plumage; pale yellow on wings and tail; large white crest; black beak (umbrella cockatoo)

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    African grey parrots live in the wild in wooded environments where strong sounds are required for communication. And simply because they are in an apartment as opposed to their natural environment, they won't be quiet. They also require a lot of games and social interaction because they are among the most clever birds. If not, kids could complain about being bored or act destructively.

    Species Overview

    Length: 9 to 14 inches

    Weight: 11 to 19 ounces

    Physical Characteristics: Mostly gray plumage with pale edging; black beak and bright red tail (Congo African grey); tan upper beak and maroon tail (Timneh African grey)

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    Conures are just medium-sized parrots, but they can scream loud enough to be heard miles away, which is problematic for owners and nearby residents. Additionally, these birds aren't afraid to express their annoyance or requirements when they aren't being satisfied. Conures are also energetic, athletic birds who enjoy large spaces for outdoor play.

    Species Overview

    Length: 12 inches

    Weight: 4 to 5 ounces

    Physical Characteristics: Bright orange and yellow with highlights of green and blue; black beak and feet; white circles around eyes (sun conure)

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    Eclectus parrots are often gregarious birds, therefore their keepers must devote a lot of time to interacting with them. When compared to other big parrots, some people perceive them to be fairly quiet. But they do have an unique honking sound, which can be quite loud. They are also energetic birds that require a sizable area that is safe for birds to exercise in.

    Species Overview

    Length: 17 to 20 inches

    Weight: 13 to 19 ounces

    Physical Characteristics: Primarily emerald green, red and blue under wings, and orange beak (male); primarily bright red, blue on chest and tail, and black beak (female)

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    Lorikeets are renowned for their lively personalities and fondness of human contact. But because of their liquid-based diet, they may be very filthy and harm a rental. Some folks even coat the walls and flooring of their bird's enclosure with plastic sheeting for protection. Additionally, the high-pitched cries of these birds may annoy nearby neighbors.

    Species Overview

    Length: 10 to 12 inches

    Weight: 3 to 6 ounces

    Physical Characteristics: Blue plumage on face and belly; green on wings, back, and head; red breast; yellow and orange highlights on sides; red beak; gray feet (rainbow lorikeet)

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    Although ringnecks frequently have strong communication skills, their high-pitched chatter may not always be well-liked by their immediate neighbors. They also need a bigger enclosure than you may anticipate for a medium-sized bird because of their lengthy tails. Since they are busy birds, they require a play area outside of their cage and chew toys that won't harm your possessions.

    Species Overview

    Length: 14 to 17 inches

    Weight: 4 ounces

    Physical features include a green coat, a blue tail, yellow underwings, and black and rose bands around the necks of males. There are also blue, cinnamon, albino, and lutino variations (Indian ringneck)