The Best Parrots for Beginners to Keep as Pets


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10 Best Parrots for Beginners: Do you dream of adopting a tropical bird capable of speaking? But you don’t know which race to turn to?

No stress, we know exactly which species to advise you. Let’s find out right now which parrots are able to chat. And also what means to use to help them say their first words.

What is the best parrot for a beginner?

Some people want a pet that they can exercise with and play with. Others want an animal that will help them stay warm at night. Still, others want a companion who will be a faithful and unconditional friend in all situations.

It is certainly very good for them. However, it exists even better. There are birds capable of talking! Of course, we want to talk about parrots.

Some people feel the need to hear a voice at the end of a long day’s work. To welcome us home for example with a “Hello, how was your day?”.

For people who wish to have this kind of companion at home, this exotic bird is perfectly suitable.  In order to accommodate it in the best conditions, we offer cages specially designed for parrots. Discover the collection of cages by clicking on the image below.

However, it is not just any parrot that will do. Some speak quietly, while others scream at the top of their lungs. The type of bird you choose must be appropriately paired with the environment in which you live.

That is, our choice will be different if we live in a house or apartment. The choice is also different if we live in a metropolitan or suburban place. Most neighbors won’t want to hear a perfect imitation of a horror movie scene at any time of the day.

But you may be living in the countryside and the only audio comfort that needs to be taken into consideration is yours. In this case, you will have to decide how much noise you can accept during a day.

All the talking birds are a lot of fun to have as companions. Some are better than others at verbalizing and uttering words.

Some species have a better memory than others and are able to store hundreds or even thousands of words in their small brains.

Then there are the privileged few, such as African grey. They are able to listen to people speak, discern context and situation, and have a reasonable conversation (it’s still a bird).

There are even birds that will come out of the norm and surprise everyone with their memory and language skills. These extraordinary birds are often featured in exhibitions.

For our top 10, we based our choices on the special abilities of the species. The Amazons, for example, are a large group. But only a handful of them is known for their talent when it comes to speaking.

Then there are some species that can speak but they tend to be scrambled. Or they are known to spend more time screaming than talking. These species were logically not included.

10) Blue-fronted Amazon

Blue Fronted Amazon

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The blue-fronted Amazon is a popular pet and a bird native to South America. This stunning parrot owes its name to its distinctive blue mark on the head. You’ll need to spend quality time with the blue-fronted amazon to improve its speaking abilities.

Blue-fronted Amazons tend to attach themselves to only one person. They imitate the human voice only if they socialize well. Interestingly, they can talk for hours if they are well trained. This tropical bird is also known for its sweet song. 🎵

9) Yellow-crowned Amazon

Yellow-crowned amazon

Yellow-crowned Amazon parrots are found in the rainforests of  North and South America. They are very friendly and playful. These exotic birds are excellent talkers of the Amazon parrot family. In this species, some are excellent talkers and others never speak.

The ability to speak depends on different factors such as the environment in which they live and the frequency of interactions with humans. Another thing that yellow-crowned Amazons are known for is their loud voice. The Yellow-crowned Amazon parrot has a long lifespan, more than 60 years!

8) cockatoos


The cockatoo is an extremely sociable bird that can speak very well. Cockatoos can mimic a wide range of sounds. But their ability to speak depends entirely on the quality of their training.

There are different species of cockatoos in the world. The best for vocalizing are the pink-breasted cockatoo, the yellow-crested cockatoo, and the long-billed cockatoo.

These tropical birds need special care from their owner to learn to speak. They tend to copy words that are repeated by their master on a regular basis. Cockatoos can easily mimic the words associated with their habits. Changing the tone will definitely make learning more difficult. They won’t learn every word very easily. But they will be able to imitate in the right way through proper training.

7) Mynas of the hills

Mynas of the hills


The hilly mynas are one of the best-talking birds. It is found in Southeast Asia. They are well known for their ability to imitate the human voice accurately. This exotic bird also produces a wide range of whistles, moans, and calls.

The big Indian hill and the small Indian hill are the two main species of hill mynas. These two species are the ones that have the most speech power of all mynas.

They can imitate human speech almost in the same tone and quality. Other species of hill mynas, such as the southern hill mynas, also have a good conversational ability. But, they never become as clear as the big hills or the small Indian hills.

6) Monk parakeet

Monk Parakeets

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The monk parakeet or the Quaker parakeet. It is mainly found in Europe and America. Like other talking birds, monk parakeets also need proper care and training to mimic the human voice. Monk parakeets learn and imitate the words they hear repeatedly from the coach.

When this bird is well socialized, he is able to use the words he has learned in the appropriate situations. This is only possible if the trainer associates good deeds or emotions with words during teaching. This very social bird also imitates other sounds that it regularly hears in the environment.

5) Indian ring parakeet

Indian Ringneck

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The Indian parakeet is one of the most remarkable talking birds. This parrot can learn between 200 and 250 words. Their ability to imitate the human voice also differs from one parrot to another. It depends on the frequency of interaction with the owner.

Indian ring parakeets usually try to copy human voices from the environment. They can also repeat words when they hear music. The ability of this parakeet to imitate human speech is of exceptional quality.

4) Bird parrot

Cave parrots native to the islands of New Guinea are known for the clarity of their language and vocabulary. These tropical birds can copy most of the words heard around them and imitate them in high quality. Some of these birds can even learn and sing an entire song.

Elected parrots can mimic human speech and other attractive sounds of the environment with great ease. In this way, they can even deceive their own owners. They repeat the words they have learned in good situations. Both males and females make charming and melodious voices.

3) Yellow-naped Amazon parrot

Yellow-Naped Amazon

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Another talented talking bird from the Amazon parrot family. This parrot has the power to copy a wide range of words and imitate them in excellent quality.

The yellow-naped amazon (Amazona auropalliata) is a species of bird in the Psittacidae family that inhabits the jungles between southern Mexico and northern Central America, including Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua.

It is distinguished by its yellow forehead, which can extend to the front of the pyleum, and yellow stripe that extends to the neck. The rest of its plumage is vivid green. The beak is grayish and is paler towards the base of the upper jaw. Its legs are also gray.

It is a parrot 35.5 cm – 38 cm long weighing about 480 g. It has round wings and a short, square tail; when you unfold them it is possible to see that the outer tip of the primaries is blue and the four outermost secondaries red with the blue tip.

It has a gray eye ring and an amber iris. Its tail has a broad yellowish-green and red terminal sash at the base (usually covered). It does not present sexual dimorphism, however immature juveniles lack yellow on the nape of the neck and have gray irises.

Like many other species of parrots, it feeds on nuts, berries, seeds, and fruits. The Yellow-naped Amazon parrot is known for the contextualization of human speech.

2) Budgies

Budgie Bird

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The budgies parakeet is an intelligent talking bird native to Australia. This sociable and intelligent bird can develop an exceptional vocabulary.

To your surprise, one of these parakeets also held a Guinness Record in 1995. This incredible parakeet has developed a vocabulary of 1728 words.

Not all birds of this species have such great potential. But the average of these birds can learn from 300 to 500 words.

These budgies tend to mimic the words repeatedly used by their owner. However, when two or more parakeets are together, they never listen to their owner.

Because in such situations, they prefer to spend more time between budgies. Both males and females are able to imitate human speech. But male birds seem to be better at pronouncing words in the right tone than females.

1) African grey parrot


African Grey Parrot

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The African gray parrot is considered the most intelligent talking parrot in the world. They are endemic to the tropical rainforests of West and Central Africa.

African gray parrots are known to have the best understanding and imitation of human speech. Like other talking birds, African gray