Talking Parrot

Talking Parrot are lovely little animals with a lot of personality and compassion. Some creatures are born with the capacity to learn and replicate words and non-speech sounds. They may do this to get the attention of their owners or other parrots or just to be amusing.

The capacity of a parrot to talk varies on the species, and not all individuals within a given species have it. With adequate training and a good health state, these birds can learn to speak.

The author’s best guesses are the vocabulary estimates for specific parrot species listed on this page. It should be noted that a parrot may acquire new phrases during its life.

Talking Parrot

1. African Grey

  • Species: (Psittacus erithacus) (Congo African Grey)

Tinmen African Grey (P. Erithacus subspecies tinmen)

  • Vocabulary: 50-200 words
  • Other names: Cameroon, Ghana
  • Life expectancy: 40-50 years

Several studies have shown that the African grey is the most advanced bird species in intellect and communication abilities. Einstein, Alex, and Griffin are well-known parrots who have persuaded the world that parrots have emotional and mental states after exhibiting cognitive and communication skills. Although these renowned birds could only talk around 200 words, other experts believe that African grey can say 500 and even 1000 words with enough training.

Two African grey parrots, the Congo and the Tinmen are the finest talkers in the world. The Congo is more prominent and famous, while Tinmen is a smaller, less costly African grey. Both, though, are excellent communicators.

Amazona auropalliata is a species of Amazon (Yellow-naped)

microcephaly Amazona (Yellow Crowned Amazon)

Beatrix Amazona (Double Yellow Headed)

2. Amazon 

  • Species: Amazona amazonica (Orange-winged Amazon), Amazona aestiva (Blue Fronted Amazons)
  • Vocabulary: 100-120 words.
  • Lifespan: 70 years

Amazons are among the world’s finest talking parrots. They are sturdy, energetic, and bossy birds. Many Amazon species are relatively competent talkers and whistlers, with some excelling at speaking phrases. The Amazon’s speech is more precise than that of African grey parrots.

They tend to become one-person birds that are antagonistic towards others. They prefer to bite anything and everyone they sight; however, some Amazon owners report that their birds never bite them.

3. Quaker Parakeet

  • Species: Myositis Monaches
  • Other names: Monk parakeet
  • Vocabulary: 40-100 words
  • Lifespan: 20-30 years

Monk parakeets are tiny to medium-sized birds that are clever, amusing, and fierce, depending on their interaction and attitude. They are terrific talkers who will rave for hours if they are in the mood. They like being caressed and held in one’s hands.

4. Ring-Necked Parakeet

  • Species: Psittacidae krameria
  • Other names: Indian ring-necked
  • Vocabulary: 100-130 words
  • Lifespan: 30 years

Ring-necked parrots (RNP) are among the most intelligent parrots. They are tough and clever, yet they are typically calm and docile compared to most other talking parrots. RNPs are active, although not as much as cockatoos and amazons. Ringneck parakeets are widely available and consequently less costly. RNP are one of the top parrot species in terms of vocabulary.

5. Eclectus

  • Species: Eclectics rerates
  • Vocabulary: 100-120 words
  • Lifespan: 30 years

Eclectics are medium-sized birds with average communication skills. They are distinct from other parrots in that they have the most apparent sexual dimorphism and males are more docile than females. Females tend to traumatize males during breeding settings.

6. Budgerigars

  • Other names: Budgies, often confused for parakeets
  • Lifespan: 10 years
  • Vocabulary: 120-500 words

Budgies are the happy owners of the Guinness World Record for the most significant bird vocabulary ever. Before he died in 1994, Puck’s budgie could pronounce 1728 words. A budgerigar called Oskar, who can speak 148 words, also holds the record for the most extensive vocabulary for a live bird.

Budgies are tiny, energetic, engaging, and entertaining birds with outstanding vocabularies. Although these little birds can acquire a variety of words and song lyrics, their speaking voice is too low and difficult to comprehend. Budgies may live up to 18 years if they are appropriately cared for.

7. Macaws

  • Species: Ara arapaima
  • Lifespan: up to 50 years
  • Vocabulary: 30-50 words

Macaws are vibrant and magnificent birds that are clever, gregarious, active, incredibly noisy, playful, occasionally destructive, and, most importantly, not for everyone. They have moderate speaking skills and a loud, clear voice.

Macaws are challenging to teach, but they are affectionate and make an excellent family pet once taught.

8. Cockatoos

  • Species: Eulophids Russiaville (Rose-breasted or Gala) Cacatua sulphury (Yellow-crested) Cacatua tanistries (Long-billed corella)
  • Lifespan: 40, 30, 50 years
  • Vocabulary: 10-30 words

Cockatoos (males) are incredibly bright and excellent communicators. Although not everyone can talk, they are pretty loud and are always ready to give someone an earful. Their voice clarity is considered mediocre.

Cockatoos will speak a human language the same way as Donald Duck from Disney does. They are clever and charming, but they can also be noisy and untidy. Aviculturists describe cockatoos’ behaviour as being so technically oriented that they can escape from their cages, earning them the moniker “escape artists.”

They have a loud voice and are renowned for their raving and yelling. To pet a cockatoo, owners must have prior experience with birds and a decent level of expertise. They may also be a tremendous joy for the proper sort of owner.

9. Derby Parakeet

  • Species: Psittacidae debonair
  • Another name: Lord Derby’s parakeet
  • Vocabulary: 20-40 words
  • Lifespan: 20-30 years

The Derby parakeet is a very uncommon and colossal parrot. It is about twice the size of a ring-necked parakeet and the same size as an Alexandrine parakeet. It has the moderate speaking ability. Adult parrots exhibit sexual dimorphism. Females have a black beak, whilst males have a reddish-orange visor. The bird is energetic yet loud, and it is challenging to teach, but the biting potential is not excessive. They need a great deal of socializing and engagement.

10. Hawk-headed Parrot

  • Species: Deroptyus accipitrine
  • Other names: Red-fan
  • Vocabulary: 10 words
  • Lifespan: 30-35 years

Hawk-headed parrots are fun, loving, friendly, and energetic birds with low to moderate communication ability. They like interacting with their owners.

Only a few people talk, and their voices are quiet and whisper-like when they do. The tiny fellas may be somewhat cranky and naughty at times.


Parrots are gorgeous, loud, expressive, and entertaining birds. However, they are one of their owners’ most often abandoned pets. Many people desire a parrot because of its exotic traits and talking ability. Still, they fail to consider how much time, attention, and money they will need to put into caring for their talking feathered buddy. To maintain a parrot, you must be utterly obsessed with them and be prepared to retain them even if they do not speak or make an ideal pet.

This information is factual and truthful to the best of the author’s knowledge, but it is not intended to replace formal and personalised advice from a competent expert.

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