If you love birds, parrots are a great pet to have in the house. There are a lot of species available for you to choose from.
These colorful birds are a joy to have! And it’s always wonderful to look at them frolic around.
But here’s the thing – parrots screech.
And there are certain species of parrots that are loud enough to give you a headache. Macaws, for example, are known to emit very loud sounds in the wild to keep in touch with their flock. Pet Macaws also exhibit this loud behavior from time to time.
And Conures are known for their headache-inducing calls that can be heard a mile away! So, if you are the type of person who likes things to be a little peaceful, a pet that loves to shout for the larger part of the day might not be ideal.
However, this does not mean that you cannot become the owner of a pet parrot. There are certain species of parrots that are much quieter than the others. In this article, you will find 5 species of parrots that are much quieter than their other cousins.
But, at the same time, they are every bit as adorable. So, without further ado, let’s move to the 5 parrot species that are not too loud.
Why are parrots noisy?
Parrots are naturally inclined to screech. Like all birds, parrots will naturally have a calling voice. There are no parrot species that are completely silent. Parrots will use their vocal abilities to attract a mate or to call and coordinate with their flock in the wild.
Pet parrots might scream because they are too bored or if there is too much noise around them. They might scream for attention or they might scream if they feel threatened. Whatever the reason, parrots will always make some degree of noise when they are housed as pets.
Parrots species such as Macaws, Cockatoos, African Grey parrots, and Concures are known to be very loud parrots. So if you are looking for quieter parrots, you should avoid these.
Parrots that are not too loud
Budgies have become insanely popular – and there are many reasons for that! We show you 8 reasons for their popularity here!
Budgies are small birds of the parrot family and are much quieter than other parakeet species. Usually, budgies are housed in groups. And even though they collectively create a lot of noise, the chirping is easy on the ears. Budgies are physically not capable of screaming very loudly.
Their small size means they are easier to maintain, too. With budgies available in various bright colors, these colorful chirping feather balls are a great option if you want to have a pet that does not drive you crazy with their screeching. They can be taught to speak.
However, their relatively low voices make it difficult to hear them repeat words. They are also quite easy to tame and make for good companions. Budgies live in pairs or groups and bond with each other well, making them less dependant on their human owners for companionship.
Hence, they are great pets to have for beginner bird owners. Still, even though budgies are rather quiet birds, you should not underestimate the constant chattering. We show you more on that in this article!
Senegal parrots are medium-sized parrots. They are one of the quietest birds. These species are known to not have the calling instinct that other larger parrots usually possess. Hence, they don’t make loud, screeching sounds. They have more subdued voices and chirp lightly.
Senegal parrots, too, possess the ability to vocalize different human sounds and words. They are friendly pets to have and can be trained to speak as well as be tamed. They are relatively inexpensive and easy to maintain.
A great choice if you love parrots but want to tone down on the screeching. The video below should give you an idea on how quiet these guys are.
Cockatiels are larger species of the parrot (parakeet) family and are very popular companions as bird pets. They are an intelligent species who can be trained to talk as well as behave in a certain manner.
They have good vocal abilities and they are quick learners. Even though cockatiels are capable of emitting loud sounds, they are usually quieter compared to most other parrot species.
Cockatiels also need a lot of care and attention. But they are very loving and adorable pets who quickly form a good bond with their human companions. They are a fun pet to have and have earned their popularity by being very friendly with humans. Big bonus – they sing wonderfully!
Also, if they get a little too loud, you can easily train them to be quiet. We show you how in this article!
Parrotlets are small-sized parrots that look quite like their bigger counterparts. However, due to their small sizes, they are easier to maintain and care for. They are bold and assertive pets that can be easily tamed and are generally friendly with humans.
They can be taught to repeat words and phrases. Due to their small size, though, they are not capable of screaming loudly. Thus, they make for good pets for people who like parrots but don’t want to put up with loud noises.
Grey parrotlets and Pacific parrotlets are two such species that make for quiet, yet adorable pets.
Meyer’s Parrots are African natives and are also known as Brown Parrots. They are relatively small in size and have black feathers with a little yellow on them. With bright turquoise bellies and a blue rump, they are lovely, colorful pets.
They are relatively easy to care for and can easily stay on their own for hours together without needing human intervention. And even though they can be taught to repeat a few words, their vocal ability is limited. And their screeching is never too loud.
The people who created the video below wrote in the description to turn up the volume because their little Meyer’s parrot is not too loud…do we need to say more?
Why would you need a quiet parrot?
While loud parrot species such as macaws and cockatoos are popular pets, they might not be a right fit for all bird owners. You might want to go for a quieter pet if any of the following conditions apply to you.
- You need quieter conditions at home – If you have sick or aging family members who cannot put up with loud noises, a loud parrot is not a good fit for you. Same holds true if you have babies at home who would be disturbed by loud screeching several times during the day.
- Your apartment has rules against loud noise – If you live in an apartment, the neighbors might not always appreciate pets with loud noises. In fact, many apartments might have rules against keeping noisy pets. So before you bring home a pet parrot, you should check out what is allowed.
- You work from home during the day – If you work from home during the day and need to be on telephone calls, a bird that starts screeching because you cannot give it some attention might not be an ideal pet for you.
- You have to leave the pet on its own for long periods – While it is recommended that you always keep parrots in pairs or groups so that they never get lonely even when you are not around, some parrots might get restless when they don’t see their human owners and might resort to screaming. So if you work long hours and don’t have backup arrangements, it is better to go for quieter pets who won’t create a ruckus because they don’t see you.
Many a time it has been seen that new bird owners are over-enthusiastic about keeping a parrot as a pet. But due to any of the above reasons, once they realize that they cannot cope with high noise levels, they end up sending their pet to a bird shelter.
This is such an unfortunate situation! Thus, it is very important that you do your research well before deciding on which bird to bring home as a pet.
Apart from the noise levels, you also need to take into consideration the care the bird needs before you zero in on a bird species as a potential pet.
What to do if your parrot is being too loud?
If your pet is a naturally loud parrot, or if your usually quiet parrot has taken to being loud lately, there are ways through which you can help your pet to tone down their screeching to some degree.
Below are some tips to bring down the noise levels in the house if you have a loud parrot.
- Parrots are intelligent birds who can be trained to show the desired behavior. By using a clicker or by giving them treats, quiet behavior or soft chirping should be encouraged.
- Speak to your pet parrot in hushed tones so that it mimics your behavior. You can also whistle to communicate with your pet.
- If the parrot misbehaves, do not yell at it as a form of punishment. This will confuse the parrot and it might perceive loud screeching as a positive behavior.
- If your parrot screams loudly, try ignoring the behavior and see if it calms down. If it does, reward it with a treat or by praising it verbally.
- Try not to make your pet anxious by sudden movements around it. If you have kids in the house, make sure they don’t run around the cage or talk loudly in front of your pet, especially if you notice that this sets your pet off.
- Look for patterns in your pet’s behavior. For example, do they screech loudly if your dog walks into the room? or the calls become loud if they don’t see you around? Are they scared if they see you wearing a hat or different glasses? Whatever it is, if you see there is a pattern to their loud screeching, try and minimize the reasons for it.
- Make sure your pet parrot is getting enough rest time and adequate darkness in when they rest. In absence of rest and too much bright light, parrots can have a hormone imbalance which can make them aggressive. Dim the lights in the room or cover the cage with a breathable fabric to give them some peace and quiet for resting.
- Ensure that your parrot gets adequate exercise during the day. Typically, it should be given the means to exercise for about an hour daily. In the absence of exercise, the parrot might get irritable and resort to screeching.
- If your parrot, who is usually quiet, suddenly starts screeching loudly, check for any health issues or injury. Look closely to see any other symptoms that indicate physical problems. If you can’t figure it out, take the parrot to an avian vet who can diagnose and treat any health issues.
- Make sure the parrots have a big enough cage so that they can spread their wings comfortably. A small, cramped cage can also make the parrot irritable and make it screech loudly.
- Rotate your parrot’s toys every few days so that it does not get bored with the same set of toys. Boredom often makes parrots shout out loudly. Eliminating boredom by giving it different toys can help it keep itself entertained.
- Don’t keep your parrot alone. It is always recommended that parrots should be kept in pairs. Parrots are not solitary creatures and they cherish bonds with someone from their own species. Irrespective of the gender, having another parrot to share the cage with them can go a long way in making a parrot comfortable.
- If your parrot screeches due to anxiety when you are in another room, respond to its calls from the other room so that it understands that you are around and safe.
With the above pointers, you can help your loud parrot to become quieter. Remember that parrots are usually the loudest in the early hours when they wake up and just before it’s time for them to sleep.
Sometimes, it helps to let them screech their fill during these times so that they don’t shout during the day.
If you love quieter pets, don’t give up on parrots. Just make sure you choose the type of parrot wisely. Do your homework well and then bring a parrot home. Even though a bird is a relatively low-maintenance pet, it will not do to ignore its needs for interaction with you.
Make sure you have enough time on hand to give it the care it needs and deserves. Having a pet parrot is not just a hobby, it is a commitment which should be taken seriously.
So, now that you know the types of parrots that are not too loud, you can bring home one of these energetic and friendly pets who will prove to be amazing companions for you!