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Readers Respond: Best Birds for Apartment Living

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If there is one thing that birds are known for besides flight, it's the sounds of their calls and songs. While a bird's call may be music to the ears of its owner, not everyone will find it to be so pleasant -- and this can mean trouble for bird owners that live in apartments or condominiums. What types of birds truly are the best species for apartment dwellers? Share your experiences below and check out what other bird owners have to say on the subject.

each bird has their own personality!

While everyone says doves, canaries, finches, greys, senegals, and parakeets one must remember and realize that each bird has their own personality. My parrotlets are noisy as can be my eclectus is so quiet. Ruby talks and whistles and she travels with me and stays in the hotel and have yet to be caught...
—Guest Markus


I have a parakeet. He is very quiet. I tried to get female birds but were real aggressive with him (Tweety) One pecked at him all the time,and he would not defend himself also would not let him eat. Took her back. Got another female Also aggressive and would not let him eat either,plus bit his one leg and its black now. Still walks around good. He was losing weight so got rid of her. Now he's alone. Had a male and Tweety got aggressive wig him.
—Guest Drucilla Llewellyn

Green Cheek Conures

Green cheek Conures are great apartment birds....their noise level is quite low and they bare so playful! I have 9 parrot birds and the Green Cheek is quite quiet and vert attentive. and I have read that they are the 'Apartment Conure'.
—Guest Jeanie

conures and senegals

conures they r actually not loud nd senegals, i love those birds, i had three of them
—Guest macaw

just got two new birds

i had two budgies and i personally think they are wonderful apartment birds, & very affectionate too. i also just got two cockatiels which im trying to tame. but aside from whistles and clucks and chirps and other noises, they are pretty quiet. and it is the nale that nakes noises.
—Guest little owl

Apartment Birds (Pionus)

We live in an apartment and after our cockatiel Charlie passed away (who was very quiet & lovable - great apt bird), we researched other birds. After extensive research, we decided upon the white-capped Pionus. A big factor in our decision was the fact that they were supposed to be very quiet. Well, for the most part, Chester is anything but. :) He is very vocal and playful, but my husband has completely spoiled him so when he isn't getting his way, he pulls the scream, and they can absolutely be ear-piercing! Luckily, we have great neighbors and they say they can hardly hear him, in fact, our direct next-door neighbor says she loves to sit on her porch and listen to Chester! I wouldn't discourage anyone from getting a Pionus, but they most definitely can be loud. :)
—Guest Boonts

Not So Cheeky

Cockatiels and budgies are definitely good choices, but if you're an apartment dweller with a hankering for something a little more exotic, the Green Cheek Conure is a pretty safe bet. Green Cheeks are the quietest of the conure species and fairly docile vocally despite their gregarious personalities. My GC will occasionally let loose a rather loud squawk, but my cockatiel's whistles are much louder, and the GC is much more likely to mimic household sounds like the microwave than to belt out in its natural voice. If they're properly socialized and given plenty of attention, you'll find the Green Cheek Conure a suitable apartment bird.
—Guest Rivets

what NOT to buy

here are a list of birds you definitely SHOULDN'T buy if you are living in and apartment. blue and gold macaw including other marge macaw types, cockatoos, african greys(they are very noisy), or amazons. CANARIES ARE GOOD< BUDGOES< PARAKEET, AND/OR FINCH.

Apartment Bird Species

Budgerigars(parakeets)are a great bird species for apartments. I have two budgies at my apartment and they barely make a sound. They are also very good starter birds. A more challenging one but still quiet and affectionate is the cockatiel. Also, lovebirds, canaries, finches, p'lets, or senegal parrots are great for apartments.

Cockatiels R Awesome!

Had two cockatiels. They were the light of my life. Very quiet though and very smart, easy to tame and train. Whenever guests came the male would wave his foot meaning hello. They were so sweet. Please RIP my Sparky and Lucy.
—Guest Sunny6712


Oh yeah sadly my budgie, the male one who's called Jinny he died. So the female died too after him. Now I bought a cockatiel he is also awesome. Cockatiels are wonderful quiet and smart birds! :) (sniff sniff_) Bye Jinny and Ribbon....
—Guest polo342

Tips About Cockatiels

cockatiels are good quiet pets my friend had 2 and they were very quiet all the time, but spunky too!
—Guest Night fury

C for Canary

Canaries are good apartment pets, they are quiet and easy to tame. They also sing beautiful songs, and is never really complained as a "bird too loud".
—Guest birdy7777


I have three parrotlets at my apartment and they are very quiet. But my sun conure is always active, chirps and squawks, so I think they are not too good pets for apartments.

Parrotlets are awesome! yeah!

i think parrotlets r good pets for apartment they r quiet but funky
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