Parrots tend to be very loud, but some species are louder than others. When you want to bring a parrot into your home, noise can be an important consideration.
You don’t want your parrot screeching at 6am in the morning and waking up all your neighbors in your apartment building. With the possible exception of lovebirds, budgies, and cockatiels, parrot species are not that domesticated. The loudest noises are often made at dawn and dusk when they would be calling to their flock members.
Cockatoos tend to screech when they get bored, and that screech can be really hard on the ears. Moluccan cockatoos are known as the loudest bird on earth, but even smaller cockatoos can make a fair amount of noise. They need to be loud when they are in the wild to alert flock members to dangers across miles of dense jungle. In captivity, the ear-splitting screeching can be hard to tolerate.
Conures have a high-pitched screech that can deafen you. Smaller species, such as the green cheeks are quieter and more suited to apartment living, but people are often attracted to the yellow and orange sun conures without realizing how hard it can be to handle their screeching. They can be heard up to a mile or so away when they screech, so they are not the best option for those living in close proximity to others. With a sun conure in the house, there is no need for an alarm system.
Macaws are very vocal parrots. Some of them have a flock call that sounds just like screaming. They use this call to keep in touch with the flock when they’re on the move. Some are quieter than others, but they all give loud calls at times. A happy Macaw will only give a flock call a few times a day – which may be one call too much for some people. An unhappy Macaw who is bored may vocalize excessively.
Amazons have a shrill scream that really pierces the eardrums. You may be attracted to them because of their remarkable ability to mimic speech and sounds. The lilac-crowned and orange-winged Amazons are quieter whereas the yellow-headed, blue-fronted ones are noisier. If you live in an apartment, you’re unlikely to have many fans when your Amazon parrot screeches for about an hour at sunrise or sunset.
5. African Greys
These parrots are very popular as pets, largely because of their skills in talking and imitating. They can imitate the construction sounds going on next door or cry like a newborn baby. These are very intelligent birds, but they can be very loud at times.
Many parrots revel in loud noise and will often try to top barking dogs, a loud television or a screaming child. Don’t expect to have a noisy house and a quiet parrot. You cannot expect parrots to be quiet because they are vocal by nature. Make sure before you take one home that you know what to expect.