Having a talking bird at home is certainly a delight. When you leave from home it will say 'goodbye' and when you return, it will 'welcome' you. Additionally, it will entertain you by singing, and might even tell you a joke or two―you never know. So, how do you know which bird is ideal for you ... or which one is the best?
Talking Bird Species
African Grey Parrots: African Grey parrots are well-known for their vast vocabulary, understanding capacity, cognitive skills, and the clarity of their speech. Teaching them to talk is definitely an easy task, and that's what put them at the numero uno position in this list.
Indian Ringnecked Parakeets: Don't be fooled by the size of this bird. It may seem petite, but it boasts of being one of the best talking birds; courtesy, its amazing grasping power. If you are looking for a bird that can repeat excerpts from the book, sing songs, and recite complicated scriptures and poetry, then the Indian Ringnecked Parakeet is the bird for you.
Monk Parakeets: These birds have a unique sound. They don't just repeat what you say, but are also expert in picking up the environmental and household sounds, like that of ringing cell phones, door bell, car horns, beeping ovens, etc.
Budgerigar (Common Pet Parakeet): Also known as budgies, these are small, shy, smart, and beautiful birds. They may take some time learning new words and phrases, but if they are provided with proper training and socialization they can learn things pretty fast. They have a unique gravelly voice that is soothing to ears.
Amazon Parrots: Amazon parrots learn things faster and have great vocal quality. They are also known for the tinge of humor, which they always attach to the new words and phrases they learn. This is the reason they make great pets and carve a place for themselves in your family.
It is difficult to say which among these is the best, but all of them have exceptional vocal skills. More importantly, it will also depend on how they are trained by the breeder and the kind of care you subject them to.
How to Choose a Talking Bird?
Determining the Speaking Ability: Before choosing a talking bird, it is important that you hear it talk. In fact, this is the only guarantee that the bird will talk in future and will learn whatever you teach.
Size: Generally, it is considered that bigger birds make great talkers. So if you want a 'non-stop chirp', then maybe a big bird, like a Macaw, Cockatoo, or the Yellow-headed Amazon parrot, would be ideal for you.
Age: Though the age has nothing to do with their ability to speak, it is advisable to check it so that you know how long the bird will stay with you. It will also help you know about the speaking age of the bird, which differs for each bird. It is better to train them in their early days for better vocabulary building.
Gender: Yes, it is observed that male birds make better students than female birds. Female birds take more time to learn new words. So, if you do not want to take much efforts then a male bird will be your best bet.
Socialization: Always choose a bird that is friendly with humans. If the bird is scared of humans, it will not be able to interact with you. In other words, you won't be able to teach it to talk. Only the bird that prefers human company and trusts them, will be able to interact with you and eventually, learn to talk.
Apart from this, you must also check if the talking bird that you are interested in is healthy and energetic. Avoid choosing a bird that is low on enthusiasm or has physical problems.