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If you are interested in learning more about some of the most popular talking pet bird species, then look no further than the profiles listed below. Each of these species is known for outstanding talking ability and intelligence, and they each make fabulous pets to boot. Explore the links below to discover some of the world's most gifted avian speakers.

African Grey Parrots

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Renowned for their vocabularies and clarity of speech, the intelligent African Grey is high up on many bird lovers' wish lists. Most African Greys have the ability to learn a few words; some boast vocabularies of up to 500 words and phrases.

Amazon Parrots

Chuck Dallas
Most Amazon Parrots are quite vocal and enjoy learning new words, phrases, and sounds. These quick-witted and comical birds are fast to pick up on things that you say to them, and for this reason, many Amazon owners insist that you "watch your mouth" around their feathered friends.

Indian Ringneck Parakeets

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Indian Ringneck Parakeets can speak so clearly that the monks in their native land once held them as sacred after hearing one of the birds repeat the prayers that they said every day in the garden of their monastery. In fact, many videos can be found online of Ringnecks reciting complicated and lengthy excerpts of books, poetry, and scripture. If you are looking for a bird that can talk big without being big, this mid-sized parrot may be the one for you.

Quaker Parakeets

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These birds might be small in comparison to African Greys or Amazons, but they can talk with the best of them! In addition to learning words, Quakers usually learn to pick up on household sounds such as beeping microwaves and ringing telephones. Most Quaker owners will tell you that their birds are virtual chatterboxes -- and they wouldn't be pulling your leg!

Parakeets (Budgerigars)

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They have tiny, gravelly voices, but Parakeets can actually learn as many words and phrases as some larger parrot species. If you want a talking bird without having to provide a huge amount of space, consider one of these colorful little jewels. Proper training and socialization can provide you with a friendly little talker that is not afraid of being a "ham."
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