Top 10 Best Talking Parrots (2022)

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Top 10 Best Talking Parrots (1)

The Amazing Talking Parrot

Parrots are amazing little creatures that have a lot of personality and affection to give. Some species are born with an excellent ability to learn and mimic words and non-speech noises. They may do this seeking to attract the attention of their owners or fellow parrots, or simply to be funny.

The speaking potential of a parrot depends on the species, and not all individuals belonging to a particular species have the ability. With proper training and good health status, however, all of these birds can learn to talk.

The vocabulary figures for individual species of parrots mentioned in this article are the maximum apparent numbers known to the author. Note that a parrot may learn more words throughout its lifetime.

1. African Grey

  • Species: Psittacus erithacus (Congo African Grey)
    P. erithacus subspecies timneh (Timneh African Grey)
  • Vocabulary: 50-200 words
  • Other names: Cameroon, Ghana
  • Lifespan: 40-50 years

Several researchers have proven the African grey to be the most superior avian species in terms of intelligence and talking ability. Einstein, Alex and Griffin are the renowned parrots who, after demonstrating a set of cognitive and communicative abilities, have convinced the world that parrots have emotional and mental states. Although these famous birds could speak around 200 words, some researchers argue that African grey can speak 500 and even up to 1000 words with extensive training.

Two of the African greys, namely the Congo and the Timneh, are the best talkers of the parrot world. The Congo is larger and extremely popular while Timneh is an underrated smaller African grey and thus less expensive. However, both are equally good talkers.

If Timneh is to be compared with Congo, it exhibits a lesser learning ability but can start learning at a younger age.

Unlike other talking parrots, a young African grey may not start talking until it is well more than a year old.


  • They have excellent learning ability.


  • Need high human interaction to be busy and intellectually stimulated.
  • Early socialization is important otherwise they will be stressed by change.
  • Lack of early socialization makes them prone to feather destruction and phobic behaviours.

2. Amazon

  • Species: Amazona auropalliata (Yellow-naped)
    Amazona ocrocephala (Yellow Crowned Amazon)
    Amazona oratrix (Double Yellow Headed)
    Amazona aestiva (Blue Fronted Amazons)
    Amazona amazonica (Orange-winged Amazon)
  • Vocabulary: 100-120 words
  • Lifespan: 70 years

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Amazons are among the best talking parrots in the world. They are active, bossy and hardy birds. Many species of Amazons are moderately good talkers and whistlers while some are especially good at speaking phrases. Speech of an Amazon is clearer than that of the African grey parrots. Among the talking Amazon species, yellow-naped Amazon happen to be the best chatterer.

They tend to become one-person birds and aggressive towards others. They like to bite everything and everyone they see but some owners of Amazons claim that their birds do not bite them at all. With some special efforts to make them people-friendly, Amazons are capable of becoming tamed birds.


  • Not prone to developing problems from lack of owner's interaction.


  • Prone to obesity if the owner is not careful about diet.
  • Can be eminently loud and thus unsuitable for close neighbours.

3. Quaker Parakeet

  • Species: Myopsitta monachus
  • Other names: Monk parakeet
  • Vocabulary: 40-100 words
  • Lifespan: 20-30 years

Monk parakeets are small to middle-sized, intelligent, funny and feisty birds that are a friend or badass to people depending on their interaction and/or mood. They are good talkers who will rant endlessly when in the mood. They like to be held in hands and stroked. They also make a great shoulder bird.


  • Although small, they are quite entertaining pets. It is like enjoying a cockatoo in the body of a parakeet.


  • They can be loud and destructive although not as much as the larger Macaws and Cockatoos.
  • They can become aggressive. Feather plucking is one problem when the bird gets aggressive.
  • Prone to obesity and pancreatic problems.

4. Ring-Necked Parakeet

  • Species: Psittacula krameri
  • Other names: Indian ring-necked
  • Vocabulary: 100-130 words
  • Lifespan: 30 years

Ring-necked parrots (RNP) are one of the best talking parrots. They are hardy, intelligent but generally quiet and tame compared to most other talking parrots. RNP are are active although not as much as cockatoos or amazons. The Ringneck parakeets are quite common and thus less expensive. For their vocabulary, RNP are one of the best parrot species.

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Easy available and hardy.


The birds can be noisy and require regular interaction with their owners.

5. Eclectus

  • Species: Eclectus roratus
  • Vocabulary: 100-120 words
  • Lifespan: 30 years

Eclectus are medium-sized birds that are moderately good talkers. They are quite different from other parrots for exhibiting the most pronounced sexual dimorphism and males being more docile than females. In situations of breeding, females happen to traumatize males.


  • The birds are usually less active and playful.


  • Because they are noisy, not good for close neighborhood.

6. Budgerigars

  • Other names: Budgies, mistakenly called as Parakeets
  • Lifespan: 10 years
  • Vocabulary: 120-500 words

Budgies are the proud species to hold the Guinness world record for the largest vocabulary for a bird ever. A budgie named Puck could speak 1728 words before he died in 1994. The record for the largest vocabulary for a bird living is also held by a budgerigar named Oskar who can speak 148 words.

Budgies are small lively, interactive and enjoyable birds that can talk and develop excellent vocabularies. Although these little birds can learn a large number of words and song phrases, the drawback is that their speaking voice is too low and difficult to understand. A budgerigar that is cared for very well can live up to 18 years.


  • Good for places with spatial restrictions.
  • Perfect for beginner bird keepers


  • If raised only on a seed diet, they live only for three to four years.
  • They are prone to tumours.

7. Macaws

  • Species: Ara ararauna
  • Lifespan: Up to 50 years
  • Vocabulary: 30-50 words

Macaws can be called lively and spectacular birds that are an intelligent, sociable, energetic, extremely loud, playful, sometimes destructive and most importantly not-for-everyone type of species. They have a moderate talking ability and a clear loud voice.

Macaws are hard to discipline, but once trained they are cuddly and make for the perfect family pet.


  • Consistent and firm control can make them excellent pets.


  • Not suitable for apartment living.
  • Require to be hand-fed for four to five months.
  • Require training and structured play to focus their energy.

8. Cockatoos

  • Species: Eolophus roseicapilla (Rose-breasted or Galah) Cacatau sulphurea (Yellow-crested) Cacatau tenuirostris (Long-billed corella)
  • Lifespan: 40, 30, 50 respectively
  • Vocabulary: 10-30 words

Cockatoos (males) are extremely intelligent and fabulous talkers. Although not all individuals can speak words, they are really noisy and always ready to give someone an earful. The clarity of their speech can be rated as average.

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Imagine Donald Duck from Disney talking like adults—that is how cockatoos will speak human language. They are intelligent and adorable but can be loud and messy sometimes. Aviculturists describe the behaviour of cockatoos as so mechanically inclined that they can escape from their cages, hence they have been previously named “escape artists."

They have a loud voice and are known for their screaming and ranting behaviours. They enjoy physical contact and like to be close to their owners or companion birds. Owners need to have experience of owning birds and a good amount of knowledge to pet a cockatoo. And for the right type of owner they can be a total delight.


  • Cockatoos have all the three qualities of an excellent pet—it is friendly, intelligent and hardy.


  • They are more prone to developing behavioural problems.
  • For being the loudest of all the parrots, they are unsuitable for apartments and close neighbours.

9. Derbyan Parakeet

  • Species: Psittacula derbiana
  • Another name: Lord Derby’s parakeet
  • Vocabulary: 20-40 words
  • Lifespan: 20-30 years

The Derbyan parakeet is one of the rarest and largest parakeets. It is double the size of a ring-necked parakeet and the roughly same size as the Alexandrine parakeet. It has an average talking potential. Sexual dimorphism is apparent in adult parrots. Males have a reddish-orange beak whereas females have a black beak. The bird is lively but noisy and hard to train but the biting potential is not too much. They require a lot of socialization and interaction.


  • Make minimal noise and demand little from the owners.


  • Rare to acquire.

10. Hawk-headed Parrot

  • Species: Deroptyus accipitrinus
  • Other names: Red-fan
  • Vocabulary: 10 words
  • Lifespan: 30-35 years

Hawk-headed parrots are playful, cuddly, affectionate and active birds that show a low to moderate talking potential. They love to interact with their owners.
Only a few of the individuals speak and when they do the voice is soft and whisper-like. The little guys are sometimes really moody and mischievous.


  • They are unique, attractive and lively.


  • Frequent interaction with owners is needed.
  • Can get really aggressive so they are definitely not good for beginner bird keepers.

Parrots Need Loving, Devoted Owners

Parrots are beautiful, vocal and expressive birds who are great entertainers. But unfortunately, they are one of the most abandoned pets by their owners. Many people think they want a parrot because of the bird's exotic qualities and talking ability but fail to calculate the amount of time, affection and money they will need to invest in the care of their talking feathery friend. To keep a parrot, you need to be really obsessive about them and be willing to keep them even if they fail to talk or be the ideal pet.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Sherry Haynes

Liz Westwood from UK on September 09, 2020:

I remember as a child being fascinated by talking parrots. This is a detailed and interesting list.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on September 09, 2020:

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Beautifully presented. Interesting.

Tsadjatko on September 08, 2020:

Fantastic article. Great information.

I can attest first hand to Timneh and Congo African Greys having had both!

And both of mine learned new things to say no matter how old they were. I had to sell my timneh because he would speak non stop for a couple hours every day and my wife said it was annoying to her so I sold him. Not long after that we divorced and I concluded it wasn’t his talking that bothered her but the fact he sounded just like me while she was having an affair.

He would never say a word if people were present with him in a room but when alone he’d blab and blab, from singing I’m Popeye the sailor man, pipe toot and all, to saying “Praise the Lord”

After I retired I was blessed to get a Congo Grey named Kabul. His original owner named him after Kabul Afghanistan where his son was stationed.

This parrot is a riot. I can teach him to say anything just by repeating it a lot everyday and after 4 or 5 days he’s got it down and seems excited when he does. I taught him to say “what’s your problem” and then when I answer him to say bla, bla, bla, bla, bla.

He got what’s your problem right away but the bla, bla took longer. The day he said it he pranced back and forth on his playpen perch saying bla, bla, bla, like 50 times! It was hilarious.

I put him on the front porch in the summer and whenever someone approaches the porch he says “ahoy there! shiver me timbers” then he’ll listen and say “where ya been.” He always says “see ya later” when anyone goes out the door and “hello,” or “where you been” when you come in.

When he sees my German Shepherd/ Wolf dog he says “we love our big boy” and of course “Good boy”

If I put up my fists at him he says “wanna fight” “c’mon” “c’mon” and raise his wings above his head and if I swing at him he’ll make swish sounds and bob and weave. Then he’ll cry “rope a dope”

I could go on and on. He loves to whistle the Andy Griffith theme song. What’s fun is trying to think of new things to teach him because he will inevitably mimic whatever we keep repeating.

I had a cockatoo in a separate cage next to him. As you know cockatoo’s are unbelievable screechers! One day my cockatoo got on my nerves and I said emphatically “AWE SHUT UP!”

Well that’s all it took. Often when emotion is attached to whatever you say the parrot will pick it right up. From that day on any time the cockatoo squawked, Kabul screamed “awe shut up”

Well that’s not the end of the story! I sold the Cockatoo and out of the blue Kabul started mimicking the cockatoo’s squawk exactly as loud as the Cockatoo (he never did this when the cockatoo was here) and then he’d tell himself to awe shut up. To this day if he hears any loud screech that reminds him of that squawk he’ll yell “awe, shut up”

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Thank you for putting together all this information!


Which parrot is the best for talking? ›

The highly intelligent African grey is often regarded as the best talking bird, with some amassing vocabularies of hundreds of words. There's even research suggesting these parrots can use words in context to have simple conversations, though that doesn't necessarily mean they understand what they're saying.

Which parrot can talk like human? ›

The African grey parrots (Psittacus) are particularly noted for their advanced cognitive abilities and their ability to talk. There are two commonly kept species of which the Timneh parrot (Psittacus timneh) tends to learn to speak at a younger age than the Congo parrot (Psittacus erithacus).

What parrot is the most vocal? ›

African Grey Parrots

These lovely birds are among the most talkative pet birds, and have an amazing capacity for learning vocabulary. Some African Greys can learn up to 1500 words!

Which talking parrot is best for beginners? ›

Best Small, Medium Size Talking Birds for Beginners
  • #1— Budgies (Parakeets) Budgies, commonly called parakeets in the United States, are probably the best starter bird for beginning keepers. ...
  • #2— Cockatiels. ...
  • #3— Lovebirds. ...
  • #4— Pionus Parrot. ...
  • #5— Quaker Parrots. ...
  • #6— Senegal Parrot (Poicephalus)

Which parrot has the clearest voice? ›

While much fuss has been made over the speaking skills of the African Greys, Amazon Parrots are the most widely regarded among experienced bird owners for having the clearest voices and most accurate pronunciation skills.

What's the smartest parrot? ›

The Kea has been enlisted by many as the worlds most intelligent bird among top ten intelligent birds. The Kea is found in New Zealand and it is basically a parrot.

Which bird talks the most? ›

African Grey Parrot

This African Grey is highly regarded as the most intelligent talking bird species. They are able to mimic a wide variety of words with their vast vocabulary. Some experts would say that their approach and ability to speak is on par with a toddler!

Can a crow talk? ›

Yes, crows can talk in the same way as parrots do, using their syrinx to mimic words and sounds they hear and repeat them. Despite not always being so close to humans, they're pretty good at mimicking human speech without any mutilating.

How much is a talking bird? ›

The Blossom Headed Parakeet is an extremely rare bird, and because of this they are not often kept as pets, but they are very good at talking. Because of their rarity, these birds can cost from $600 to $900.
Generic Budgie/Parakeet$15 – $100
Double Yellow Head Amazon$1500 – $3000
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Can a macaw talk? ›

Do macaw parrots talk? Yes, many macaw parrots mimic human speech. Some macaw parrots, like the blue-and-gold macaw, are known to learn phrases more easily than others. All macaws, however, will want to vocalize by mimicking whistles and household noises or by speaking words.

What is the biggest parrot? ›

I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to dedicate this blog to my favourite species of Parrot, the Hyacinth Macaw. Hyacinth Macaws are the largest flying Parrot in the world with a length of 1m from the tip of its tail to the top of its head.

Which parakeets can talk? ›

Budgies (Parakeets)

It comes as a surprise to many that the tiny budgies, also known as budgerigars or simply as parakeets, can actually talk as well if not better than some of the larger parrot species. Some budgies have even been known to develop vocabularies of hundreds of words.

What is the best parrot for a child? ›

Cockatiel. Cockatiels are larger than finches and budgies, but they're still one of the best pet birds for kids. They can learn to talk, whistle, and do tricks, making them a delight for children. Cockatiels do well with older children who can devote time to interacting with them.

What is a cheap bird that talks? ›

Here is a list of the top eight cheap talking birds:
  • Budgerigar.
  • Indian Ringneck Parakeet.
  • Quaker Parrot.
  • Senegal Parrot.
  • Blue-crowned Conure.
  • Black-Hooded Parakeet.
  • Cockatiels.
  • Parrotlets.
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What is the smallest parrot that can talk? ›

Budgerigar. One of the smallest and most popular pet birds is also among the best talkers. Budgies (or parakeets) are capable of learning hundreds of words—far more than many birds several times their size.

At what age do parrots start talking? ›

Depending on the species, parrots don't start talking until on average between 3 months and a year old, so if your parrot is still very young, they may just need some time.

Do all parrots talk? ›

Myth 1: All parrots can talk.

Most parrots have the ability to talk, and many parrots do, but some parrots will never speak a word.

What is the stupidest bird? ›

#1: Kakapo

The kakapo is known as the dumbest bird in the world.

What kind of bird is Einstein? ›

Einstein the parrot has always known she was a genius. Now the internet knows it, too. The African grey parrot, who lives at Zoo Knoxville in Tennesee, turned 30 years old on Tuesday, and to celebrate, Einstein and the zoo's head trainer, Adam Patterson, showed off the bird's impressive vocabulary.

Is a parrot smarter than a dog? ›

Parrots and dogs show their intelligence differently. Parrots are seen as being smarter because they can mimic human words and phrases. However, dogs can understand up to 250 words and commands and interpret human emotions. Both parrots and dogs can show emotions, be taught tricks, and have puzzle-solving skills.

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Amazing little birds with a lot of personality and love to share are some of the best talking parrots.. Additionally, a parrot’s ability to speak depends on its species, and not all members of a given species have the capacity.. The best Talking parrots are listed below:. Additionally, this bird is brilliant and learns quickly.. The Congo and the Timneh are the two African grey parrots that speak the best in the parrot world.. Unlike other best talking parrots, a young African grey parrot may not begin speaking until it is well over a year old.. The Amazon parakeet is one you should consider getting if you’re looking for a talking parrot.. It is one of the best talking parrot species.. Hawk-headed parrots have a low to moderate talkative capacity but are playful, loving, affectionate, and active birds.. Rounding off our list of best talking parrots is Derbyan Parakeet.

As a result, many people become interested in the matter as it’s always a fun experience to have a parrot hanging out with you that speaks in a similar capacity as we can.. With this in mind, we’re going to discuss the best talking parrots, allowing you to make a note of the best talking parrots in the world.. Personality-wise, cockatoos are extremely lively and affectionate.. Their outgoing personality makes them great for learning approximately 20 to 30 words, so don’t expect to remember longer passages like some parrots.. If you were to ask any parrot expert what they feel is the best parrot at communication, usually an African grey will fall on that list.. After all, African greys are primarily adopted for their talking ability as they can mimic more sounds than most parrots and can talk in context at times.. Although broader than African greys, Amazon parrots are a wide range of parrots from the Amazon that are quite large while being some of the most talkative parrots in the world.. Depending on the Amazon parrot you’re interested in, they’re incredible parrots to adopt as they’ll give everything around them a new sense of life and joy.. Besides having such a unique name, Eclectus parrots are amongst the highest rated parrots for their talking ability.. Size-wise, Eclectus parrots are reasonably large, being around 12 to 14.5 inches in length while being around 16 ounces for their weight.. The only two parrots that can arguably speak better than an Eclectus parrot are Amazon parrots and African greys.. If you’re looking for a parrot, you can spend a lot of time with, definitely consider a quaker parrot as they’ll never bore you.. So, can all parrots talk?. Nevertheless, parrots talk for the sole reason that they’re vocal learners, meaning they can hear a sound and imitate it very well.


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