The Finest Singing Parrots for Young and Old


Small, domesticated birds are capable of human speech. Budgerigars are more intelligent than other birds of their size. Learning to converse takes time and effort with a small parrot, but the effort is well worth it for patient owners.

Quaker Parrot

These birds have feisty personalities and clear speech. Check local laws if you want a quaker. In some places of the U.S., they're forbidden as pets since they can be invasive to native fauna.

Senegal Parrot

The Senegal parrot thrives on human interaction. This species requires several hours of daily interaction. These calmer, quieter parrots may replicate speech and other sounds with regular instruction.

Blue-Crowned Conure

Blue-crowned conures are another good medium-sized talking bird. Conures aren't great talkers, preferring to mimic alarm clock beeps. Frequent training helps the blue-crowned conure acquire words and phrases.

Hooded Parakeet

Hooded parakeets are intelligent, gregarious birds. They're affectionate and adore stunts. They can learn certain words and phrases, but their voices are harsh and lack clarity.


Although cockatiels aren't naturally verbose, they can be trained to say a few simple phrases. They can also imitate the sounds of commonplace appliances with remarkable accuracy, including the ring of a telephone,

 the beep of a microwave, the doorbell, and the sound of an alarm clock. A lot of cockatiels can whistle beautifully, and some can even learn to whistle whole tunes.


Small parrotlets have tremendous personalities. When properly socialised, pocket parrots are intelligent, active pets. Some can learn to speak quietly, but they're not known for it.

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