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The Best Talking Birds to Have as Pets

Birds can be great long-term companions, and birds that talk can be even more fitting for owners looking for unconventional pets. Here, our Rabun County vets share some of the best talking birds you can adopt, their usual personalities, and what you need to know before adopting them.

What are the best types of talking birds?

Birds that can talk make for exciting and engaging pets, but they do not get that way on their own. Any bird, especially ones that can talk, require plenty of patience and dedication from their owners when adopted.

So long as you give your bird a happy and content home, they can live long, fulfilling lives, chatting with you about anything and being loving pets.

In return, you'll have a devoted companion who will constantly charm, amuse, and entertain you. Each breed will have its own quirks and personalities, so get to know them all and find one you adore. Here is our selection of the best talking birds available for purchase.

African Grey

Widely considered to be the smartest, most intelligent talking bird in the world, the African grey parrot originally hails from West and Central African rainforests and can grow a vocabulary of hundreds of words. They are known for their exceptional understanding and imitation of human speech.

As they tend to attach to only one person, their ability to learn new words will be determined by their relationship with their owner. They learn from the different types of voices that surround them, and they are intelligent enough to make different sounds to frighten off predators. Providing plenty of treats as they learn will aid in their rapid improvement of communication skills.

Double Yellow Head Amazon

This medium-sized, strikingly bright-colored parrot holds the distinction of being one of the most popular pet species of the Amazon parrot group. An affectionate pet, they are intelligent and will soak up your attention, so beware that this beauty will need a lot of it.

It has an incredible ability to mimic human voices (including opera singing) and a love of music. You two will make some lovely music together. A word of caution about this bird: it is a boisterous, noisy bird that will frequently scream twice a day, at dawn and dusk. Though normal, these can be startling and last longer if the bird is bored due to a lack of mental stimulation or attention.


This bird, also known as the budgie or parakeet, makes an excellent pet and is capable of learning a variety of songs and phrases. Don't be fooled by this small talking bird; budgies have broken world records for the largest bird vocabulary, though not all birds in the species have the same potential, and vocabulary varies between individuals.

They are social, extremely intelligent birds that enjoy practicing conversation with their keepers. You'll notice that they often mimic words that their owner uses frequently. Although both sexes of birds are capable of mimicking human speech, male birds seem to be more adept at using the appropriate tone of voice.

Electus Parrot

Some parrots are so good at mimicking human speech and the sounds they hear around them that they will even learn an entire song and sing it for you. Both men and women have charming voices and characteristics.

They are typically gentle and friendly, thrive on socialization with caretakers, and are not usually excessively boisterous or noisy.

Indian Ringneck Parakeet

The intelligent and well-known talkers known as Indian Ringneck Parakeets have a knack for learning both longer phrases and shorter words. They don't like to imitate human voices, preferring to speak in their own distinctive, high-pitched "bird voice." The ability to memorize dozens or even hundreds of words is common.

Provided they are properly socialized and handled daily by their caretakers, are they typically charming birds who love learning new tricks (think waving hello with a foot).

Do all parrots talk?

No. Each bird, like humans, is unique, and some will never learn to speak, regardless of species. Choose a bird for its distinct personality and because you want to give a feathered friend a good home, not because you hope it will be able to converse.

How much does a talking parrot cost?

Most types of talking birds (in the parrot or parakeet family) require a great commitment of time and finances. Any bird of this kind can range from $20 to $5000.

Do you have more questions before adopting a bird? Contact our Rabun County vets today.

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