Birds are lovable creatures. Their chirping and singing are cacophonies to some; but to others, their sounds bring them closer to nature and can relieve their stress.
Many of their species can learn how to talk, and this ability makes them stand out above other pets. Their unique ability to mimic human and non-human sounds makes them the smartest birds and they are also known for providing company and entertainment, especially to those who live alone
Here are the top 10 smartest talking birds you should know about:
African Grey Parrot.
One of the oldest bird species, this African Grey Parrot is considered by ornithologists to be the smartest talking bird in the world. They are said to have the IQ of a small child. They can construct simple sentences and imitate different sounds from their surroundings. Not only do they mimic, but they also seem to learn the meaning of the words they hear. Their ability to talk relies heavily on their bond with their owners.
Also known as pet parakeet or budgies, the Budgerigar has a strong ability to imitate human sounds. A regular budgie has an impressive vocabulary of 300 to 500 words, but a Guinness World Record back in 1995 features a Budgie who has acquired a vocabulary of around 1700 words. However, for them to learn how to talk, they should be kept alone in their cages. Having a fellow budgie will distract them from learning new words.
The Yellow-naped Amazon is known not only for mimicking human voices, but also songs that they hear daily. They start learning words at an early age, increasing their vocabulary as they grow older with the help of their owner. In the Amazon jungle, they survive by imitating the sounds of large animals to avoid being targeted by predators.
This bird can be found on the islands of New Guinea. They are also known for being good imitators of human voices, songs, and the sounds they always hear such as doorbells, car honks, and other animal sounds. Sadly, their population has been seriously dropping due to illegal animal trade.
Indian Ring Parakeet.
The Indian Ring Parakeet has a vocabulary of more than 200 words and can also mimic songs and other non-human sounds. Their talking skills depend on their daily interactions with their owners. They are a popular choice of pet birds in South Asia.
Also named quaker parrot, Monk Parakeets can be seen in most parts of Europe, as well as in South and North America. They learn how to talk through repetitive hearing and proper training. Well-trained quaker parrots know when to use the right words at the right time.
Prevalent across South East Asia, the Hill Mynah produces the best quality of mimicked human voice. However, they are not as popular as other pet birds and are mostly home to the wild. They are also adept at imitating the sounds of other animals to be able to elude predators.
Hailing from South East Asia and Australia, Cockatoos are one of the most popular talking birds in the world. They also learn to talk through repeated hearing and proper training. A huge part of their talking skills will depend largely on their bond with their owners. Cockatoos can easily mimic words associated with their habits. Some cockatoos are more adept in imitating human voices, while some are better in imitating other animals.
The Yellow-crowned Amazon originates from the rainforests of Central America as well as in South America. They are known to have loud voices, but not all of them could talk. If they have little to no human interaction and if they don’t mingle with other birds, they wouldn’t have the opportunity to learn how to talk. These birds can live up to more than 60 years, so owners must be committed to caring for them.
This bird is known for its distinct blue patch on the top of its head. They have a sweet-sounding voice that makes them a popular choice of pet bird in South America. Their talking skills depend largely on the time and training dedicated by their owners. They can mimic both human and non-human sounds and can talk unstoppably if well-trained.
Keep in mind that talking birds need daily training and bonding with their owners for them to start talking. If you are interested in owning a talking bird, make sure that they were not illegally obtained from the wild.
Many species of birds are now endangered or have gone extinct because of this illegal activity. You may inquire about these birds from reputable breeders.