How would you react if you heard something answer something you said, but it wasn’t a person? Wouldn’t you be shocked if your pet mimicked your voice?
Birds like budgerigar, African grey parrot, and the yellow-naped amazon are famous for understanding the human language.
There are also other parrots with this unique skill, and here are the top 10 best talking parrots in the world.
Table of Contents
- 10. Yellow-crowned Amazon
- 9. Blue-Fronted Amazon
- 8. Cockatoo
- 7. Monk Parakeet
- 6. Hill Myna
- 5. Eclectus Parrot
- 4. Indian Ring Parakeet
- 3. Yellow-naped Amazon
- 2. Budgerigar
- 1. African Grey Parrot
10. Yellow-crowned Amazon
The ever active and agile yellow-crowned Amazon parrot is naturally found in the rainforest of North and South America.
They are exciting talkers in the Amazon parrots species. While some go about flexing their tongue with different words, others would never utter any human word.
The bird’s ability to communicate solely depends on several factors, and one of them is the environment they line in and how often they interact with humans.
Mind you, the yellow-crowned Amazons can be loud.
But here is the good part; if you need a pet with a long life span, this bird is the perfect pet for you since it lives for up to 60 years or even more.
9. Blue-Fronted Amazon
The blue-fronted Amazon is a famous talking bird and a native to South America. It got its name from the distinct blue markings on its head.
Personal quality time is all this bird wants to help it improve its speech. These amazon parrots have a propensity to bond with only one person.
They merely mimic the voice of humans if they are well socialized.
They could have you entertained as they can continue talking for hours. This is only possible if you invest some time training them well.
They are not only cute parrots; these birds sing beautifully as well.
Did you know cockatoos are very social birds that have impeccable talking ability? They not only understand human language, but they can also imitate several sounds around them.
Nonetheless, how cockatoos interact with you depends on how much personal time you spend with them. They require quality training to reach their full potential.
They cannot just copy words repeated quite often by their owners but can also precisely voice them.
There are numerous species of cockatoos around the globe. Among them are a yellow-crested cockatoo, rose-breasted cockatoo, and long-billed cockatoo, which are great at talking.
7. Monk Parakeet
Also known as the Quaker parrot, the monk parakeet is naturally found across North and South America and Europe.
The monk parakeet requires plenty of attention and training to mimic human sounds and voices like other birds.
They also catch on words that are constantly being repeated to them. They can also quickly pick on sounds from their surroundings and voice them just as easily as they hear.
They are also intelligent enough to know how to use the words they learn at the right time. It is only logical if the right emotions and actions are associated with the words they learn from the trainer.
6. Hill Myna
One of the best talking birds found dominating Southeastern Asia is the Hill mynas. They can accurately copy human voices and in their exact tone.
Hill mynas are very vocal birds, and they aren’t shy to make wailing or screeching sounds, and sometimes, they even whistle.
The hill myna and the sizeable Indian hill are the two dominant species of hill mynas. They are better talkers than other mynas and mimic human languages and sounds in almost the same quality and tone.
Another hill myna species with good speech quality is the Southern hill mynas, but they aren’t as bright as the Indian hill myna and the common hill mynas.
5. Eclectus Parrot
Another bird that originated from the New Guinea islands is the Eclectus parrot, and it is famous for its clarity of vocabulary and speech.
Eclectus parrots can mimic most of the words they hear around them and voice them in high quality.
Some Eclectus Parrot would even go ahead to learn and sing songs.
Not only that, but they also have a particular interest in mimicking other sounds from their environment that they find interesting.
This makes it easy for them to fool their trainers or owners.
They can mimic words and sounds in the right situation, making them intelligent talking birds.
Male and female Eclectus parrots would leave you mesmerized with their charming voices.
4. Indian Ring Parakeet
One bird that stands out in the species of parrots is the Indian ring parakeet. They can process between 200 to 250 different words.
How they process, the human voice is solely dependent on how they are being trained and how many interactions they have with their owner.
They don’t hesitate to copy human voices that they hear from their surroundings and can also quickly learn lyrics of songs they hear. Amazing.
We can easily say the Indian ring parakeet’s ability to copy human speech is exceptional.
3. Yellow-naped Amazon
Another amazon wonder bird is the yellow-naped Amazon. It is famous for its ability to mimic human speech accurately.
These birds are fast learners and would even start talking from a younger age. Most of the words they voice out are phrases or words they hear and learn from their trainers.
They also only bond with one person for life. This means that interaction is paramount between owner and bird. They are also able to sing songs they hear around them.
Budgerigar, also referred to as the common pet parakeet, is a brilliant talking bird native to Australia. The budgerigar has evolved to speak so well you won’t believe it’s a bird talking if you weren’t looking.
This bird also had broken the world record in 1995. Budgerigars can learn up to 1,728 words. This makes it stand out among other birds as most talking parrots can’t learn more than 500 different words.
Budgerigars can imitate words that their owners repeatedly voice. Although male and female Budgerigar can imitate human speech very well, the male Budgerigars are better at learning more words and mimicking voices.
NEVER have two or more of these birds together if you want to ensure that your bird listens and communicates with you. They’d rather spend more time paying attention to each other than pay you any notice.
1. African Grey Parrot
The African grey parrot is my personal favorite because it is considered the most intelligent and smartest talking parrot in the world. They are endemic to the rain forests of Central and West Africa.
African grey parrots are famous for their ability to learn, understand, and imitate human speech. They also bond with one person throughout their lifetime.
One crucial factor to consider when adopting an African Grey Parrot is their need for attention from their owner.
Offering treats while teaching them new words contributes to how fast they learn to talk.
Your guess is as good as mine. African Grey Parrot not only can listen and repeat words, but they also can make sounds they hear from their surroundings.
They sometimes mimic several sounds to deceive either predators or prey.
Which of these birds do you have? Do your birds talk? Which are your favorite birds on the list? Could you share with us in the comments?