Pet Birds That Talk

Certain birds, primarily parrots, can mimic human speech. These talking birds can replicate how humans speak, but there is some doubt over whether they understand the context of what they are saying.

For instance, Alex was an African Grey Parrot who could only say about 100 words but impressed scientists with his ability to use the correct words in the proper context. Another Grey Parrot, “N’kisi,” held the world record for his vocabulary of 950 words.

Regardless of their understanding, their impressive abilities make them fun and engaging pets.

Talking Pet Birds

List of Talking Pet Birds

Big Talking Birds

African Grey Parrot

Arguably the most intelligent parrot, the African Grey can learn around 1000 words under the right circumstances, similar to a small child. It can perfectly mimic speech to the point where it would be difficult to tell the difference. However, they are not beginner-friendly and need at least 5 hours of socializing daily.

Vocabulary: 100-500 words

Macaws

Macaws are known for being extremely noisy and are not recommended for beginners. But with training, they can learn how to talk, though they are better known for their singing voice.

Vocabulary: 20-50 words

Medium Talking Parrots

Indian Ringneck Parakeet

These green birds are known for being noisy and talkative. But they are known for being able to learn complete sentences verbatim and were once considered sacred due to repeating hymns with perfect accuracy.

Vocabulary: 100-130 words

Eclectus Parrot

These multicolored parrots are also capable of learning how to talk but require training from a young age. However, once they learn, the Eclectus can copy words and sentences perfectly, down to the speech patterns of its trainer.

Vocabulary: 100-120 words

Yellow-crowned Amazon

Out of all the Amazon Parrots, the Yellow-crowned Amazon is believed to be the best talker. It is intelligent and social, if temperamental, so patience is required while training it to speak.

Vocabulary: 100-120 words

Double Yellow Head Amazon

Similar to the Yellow-crowned Amazon, the Double Yellow-headed Amazon is known to be able to replicate human words. They are also difficult to handle, so are best left to the experts.

Vocabulary: 100-120 words

Blue-fronted Amazon

The Blue-fronted Amazon is another Amazon Parrot capable of speech. What makes it stand out is its perfect mimicking capabilities and strong vocals.

Vocabulary: 100-120 words

Mynahs

One of the few non-parrot birds capable of talking, mynahs require some training before they can speak. But these brown birds not only replicate human speech, they can also do so with the same clarity and pitch of a human voice.

Vocabulary: 50-100 words

Derbyan Parakeet

These rare green parakeets are brightly colored and fun to interact with. But it is tough to teach them how to talk, and their vocabulary is limited.

Vocabulary: 20-40 words

Hawk-headed Parrot

Despite their intimidating appearance, Hawk-headed Parrots are affectionate towards their owners. They can only be taught to say a few words.

Vocabulary: 10-20 words

Small Talking Parrots

Budgerigar

Despite sounding a bit gruff compared to other parrots, budgies are actually really good at learning and replicating human speech. These tiny birds’ vocabulary can become quite large as they can learn from not only humans talking but also from other sources like television and podcasts.

Vocabulary: 120-150 words

Quaker Parrot

These lime-green birds can learn human speech and are popular among beginners. Some owners have even reported that Quakers can use phrases in context. They also tend to pick up random noises like a dog barking or a song playing.

Vocabulary: 40-100 words

Cockatiel

These tiny gray cockatoos are popular pets, but males learn to talk more quickly than females, as talking is part of their mating rituals. Even then, their vocabulary remains limited.

Vocabulary: 10-20 words

FAQs

1. How do birds like parrots learn to talk?

All birds vocalize from a young age by watching other birds or their owners. There are limits to what they can do due to their lack of lips, but with the help of their tongue and throat muscles, they mimic a wide range of sounds. Parrots and a few others, like mynas and songbirds, are the only ones capable of learning new sounds like human speech, indicating that intelligence and social activity are also required.