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Quiet Pet Birds for Apartment Living

Searching for a pet bird is difficult enough. But if you live in an apartment, it can be even more difficult. After all, you'll need to choose one that doesn't make a lot of noise. To help you find the right bird, our Des Moines vets have compiled a list of our picks for the best quiet pet birds for apartment living.

Birds are vocal by nature. By calling, wild birds alert their flocks to their location or the presence of predators. But different bird species can make distinct noises. And while no pet bird is completely silent, some are quieter than others. Some of these birds do not screech or scream, while others have soft voices that amount to simple background noise.

Here are our picks for the quietest pet birds.

1. Finch

Finches, with their tiny voices, are ideal for quiet bird lovers. They make pleasant chirps and peeps all day, and even a small flock is relatively quiet. 

Finches prefer to share their space with flock mates, so don’t expect a bird that will be excited when you’re holding it. And since they can only exercise in their enclosure, they’ll need a fairly large one so they can get enough physical activity.

2. Canaries

Canaries are among the quietest pet birds. Although they enjoy singing their playful songs,  this bird's smaller size keeps its noise from bothering neighbors. Your neighbors shouldn’t be able to hear the bird’s great singing voices outside your apartment or room with closed doors.  

Many pet stores sell this gentle bird, which comes in 200 breeds. They also come in various colors, such as yellow, orange, and green, thanks to years of breeding.

3. Parakeets & Budgies

Parakeets and Budgies are a smaller species of parrots that are easily trainable and fairly intelligent too. These small birds are one of the most popular pet birds, and for good reason.They aren’t able to get as loud as some other species, making them one of the quietest birds. 

They love to play and interact with their people, and if you provide them with plenty of toys to keep them occupied, they’re likely to be very happy.

4. Pacific Parrotlets

Parrotlets are small birds that tend to be affectionate and active. They are unable to screech and scream, and softly chirp most of the time. This makes them ideal for apartment living.

Regular interaction keeps the parrotlets happy and thriving, so make sure they have plenty of noise and the pleasure of your frequent company.

5. Cockatiels

Cockatiels are a fairly popular parrot species and tend to be quieter than most of their other parrot relatives. Generally, female cockatiels are quieter than males, so keep that in mind if you are looking to get one. 

This playful bird will need a larger cage, but they’re usually not a demanding species. They are also a highly social species, so frequent socialization, either with yourself or other birds, is essential for the cockatiel to thrive and be happy.

6. Senegal Parrots

While many parrots are notoriously noisy and demanding, Senegal parrots lean toward a calm, quiet demeanor. They do vocalize and can talk, though. They are just less likely to screech than other medium and large parrots. 

They also tend to be content simply sitting with their humans for socialization. However, they will need toys, activities, and a larger cage to keep them fit.

Note: This blog post is for informational purposes only. does not provide medical care for avian pets.

Are you looking for a veterinarian for your pet bird? Contact Des Moines Veterinary Hospital and we can help you find an avian veterinarian in your area.

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