Quiet Pet Bird Species

Many people love to watch and interact with birds, but not all of them enjoy the array of noises that some species can produce. If you are thinking of adopting a bird but would prefer that he or she share your love of peace and quiet, then consider some of the less vocal species listed below.

While no pet bird is going to be completely silent, these species generally prefer to keep their voices down to an acceptable and even pleasant level. Birds in general are quite vocal. In the wild, birds...MORE call out to their flock mates and families on a regular basis to alert them of predators or other dangers, or simply to let others know of their whereabouts. 

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    Zebra Finch
    Zebra Finches Are Rather Quiet. Susan Campo / EyeEm/Getty Images

    These tiny birds have even tinier voices, making them great options for bird lovers that want a quieter bird. They are lovely birds and tend to make small beeps throughout the day. This does have a tendency to annoy some people, but the volume is very low and their beeps are not unpleasant.

    As a bonus, their small size helps keep space requirements and cleaning to a minimum. Part of their diet is seed and they do tend to scatter their seed so a good vacuum cleaner is highly recommended. 

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    Budgerigar
    Parakeets Are Generally Quieter Than Many Birds. FLPA/Jurgen & Christine Sohns/Getty Images

    If you like the look of a parrot but prefer a more petite version, then a Parakeet or Budgie may be the right bird for you. They are true members of the parrot family, as evidenced by their markings and build. They also have the ability to speak, just as their larger relatives do. The main difference, aside from size, is that Parakeets cannot physically scream at the volume of a large parrot. For this reason, they are a good choice for bird owners that would rather see and not hear their pets....MORE They can easily learn to talk, however, their petite voices make them difficult to hear. If you want a quieter bird, this small and eager to engage parrot is a perfect fit.

    There are many budgerigars needing homes, so think of adopting one from an adoption and education foundation or parrot rescue. 

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    Parrotlets Have Petite Voices
    Parrotlets Have Petite Voices. Jaim Simoes Oliveira/Getty Images

    Although they are parrots in every sense of the word, tiny Parrotlets, like Parakeets, lack the ability to scream and screech like most other hookbills. Their soft chatter and chirps are hardly enough to disturb even the most sensitive ears.

    Parrotlets have the appearance of their larger cousins but they lack the lung power to let out a full raucous scream you might hear from an Amazon or a cockatoo. 

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    Cockatiels have Quieter Voices than Many Birds
    Cockatiels have Quieter Voices than Many Birds. © Santiago Urquijo/Getty Images

    If you would like your pet to be a little larger than a Finch or Parakeet, then consider a pet Cockatiel. These beautiful birds can be quite vocal but tend to be quieter than many other parrot species. If you don't mind a few chirps, clucks, and whistles throughout the day, then a Cockatiel may be a good option for you.

    Cockatiels are enormously popular birds that are kept as companion birds and their popularity  is well deserved. They are fun little birds that are quiet and yet they can be...MORE trained to learn behaviors and can learn to talk. They require the same care as their larger cousins as well as the same respect given to the larger birds. 

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    Sengegal Parrots Are Beautiful
    Sengegal Parrots Are Beautiful. Cyril Laubscher/Getty Images

    At around 10 inches in length, Senegal Parrots are medium-sized birds that are known to be one of the quietest parrot species. While they do vocalize and have the ability to talk, they are far less likely to screech and scream than other medium and large sized parrots. They are more prudent with their vocalizations and, for some reason, they don't have the loud calling instinct that many other birds possess. 

    Edited by: Patricia Sund

While these birds don't make the raucous sounds many other species do, be assured that no birds are completely quiet. It simply isn't in their nature to be that way. Birds are quite social and with that social nature, vocalizations are simply they way they are made to behave.