8 Best Talking Bird Species to Keep as Pets 

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African Grey

The African Grey is one of the most well-known talking birds and for good reason. Researchers have proven that these birds have one of the largest capabilities for learning to mimic speech.

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Amazon Parrot

Amazon parrots are also known for their exceptional speaking abilities and have the ability to speak more clearly and string more words together in phrases than African Greys

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Quaker Parakeet

Quaker Parakeet is a small, intelligent, and active bird that is known to talk incessantly when they’re in the mood and mimic various other sounds from their environment.

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Ring-Necked Parakeet

The Ring-Necked Parakeet hails from India and Asia and was kept as a pet by royalty because their talking skills were so highly revered.

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Eclectus Parrot

Eclectus Parrots are known for the clarity of their speech and can commonly be heard singing too—often entire songs!

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Budgerigars

Budgies have a massive vocabulary. In fact, a Budgie named Puck has the Guinness World Record for the largest vocabulary of any bird and knew an incredible 1,728 separate words before their death.

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Macaws

Macaws are the largest species of parrot, with Hyacinth Macaws often reaching 40 inches in length.

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Cockatoo

Cockatoos are intelligent and extremely social birds that can have a fairly wide vocabulary with the right training.

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Derbyan Parakeet

The Derbyan Parakeet is one of the largest parakeet species and is sexually dimorphic. They are lively and active birds that can be a challenge to train.

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Hill Myna

The Hill Myna is not a parrot but has an extensive vocabulary that compares to many parrot species.

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Indian Ringneck Parakeet

Indian ringneck parakeets seem to have a gift for learning longer phrases, along with short words.

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Canaries

Crazy-busy first-time pet bird parents who aren’t looking for a talking bird but are happy to listen to their canary sing as they do other things.

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