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Quiet: Bird Term of the Day

Definitions of words used by pet bird enthusiasts with the pet bird slant.

By Angie Hendrickson

To most people, quiet means little or no noise. You might tell your kids to be quiet when you’re on the phone or your dog to be quiet when he’s barking at the neighbors, and what you mean is you want them to stop making noise.

When you’re talking about pet birds, “quiet” is a relative term. Pet birds love to make noise. If you open up your window, you’ll hear the birds outside chirping and singing, and your pet bird is no different. Even the “quieter” bird species are going to make some noise. Sometimes pet birds chatter or scream because they want your attention, but other times they do it just because they like to. It’s part of being a bird.

So how do you know which birds are the “quiet” ones? In general, the bigger the pet bird, the bigger the noise. Cockatielsbudgies and parrotlets might chatter a lot, but they’re relatively quieter than macaws and cockatoos just because of their size. Psittacula (Indian ring-necked parakeets, moustached parakeets, etc.) are often quieter birds, and some Poicephalus (e.g., brown-headed parrots and Meyer’s parrots) are also less noisy. Pionus are actually sometimes referred to as “apartment birds” because they don’t usually chatter very much, and they’re not big screamers. Of course, a lot of it depends on the individual bird, and even “quiet” birds can become screamers without the proper care and attention.

Listen to these budgies chatter away in this video submitted by Rejchel V.

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A moluccaan has been compared to a jet taking off. That is absolutely true.
Lynora, Janesville, WI
Posted: 4/28/2011 6:43:48 AM
TC, Houston, TX
Posted: 4/27/2011 3:56:48 AM
There's nothing like being awakened by your bird's chattering in the morning!
cathy, queens, NY
Posted: 4/24/2011 7:22:07 PM
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Posted: 4/24/2011 7:17:06 PM
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