Those living in an apartment are aware of how much sound travels between the different units. As a result, choosing a parrot that’s quiet and well-behaved is an absolute must. Also, most small studio apartments aren’t suitable for large birds that require a lot of space. That’s why it can be a difficult decision to choose the right parrot.
Small and quiet parrot breeds are ideal for apartments. This includes budgies, parrotlets, Pionus parrots, cockatiels, Meyer’s parrots, lovebirds, Bourke’s parakeets, quaker parrots, and mini macaws. Other parrots that can live in apartments (after training) include Senegals, caique parrots, red-bellied parrots, and barred parakeets.
When choosing a suitable apartment parrot, perform research beforehand to determine if your favorite type of parrot is a naturally noisy bird that needs more space than you can provide. If so, opt for a quieter parrot.
Are Parrots Good for Apartments?
Many parrots are too noisy for 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom apartments. Birds that frequently scream, squawk, and screech are likely to upset your neighbors and affect their ability to relax.
Sound can easily travel between walls, so neighbors living next door and directly above/below your unit will hear your parrot’s vocalizations.
Larger parrot species need the biggest cage possible, which most small apartments don’t have enough space for. This will affect its quality of life, as it won’t be able to stretch its legs and wings.
Some parrots can live for 50-80 years. If you regularly move home, your living situation may be unsuitable. You’ll also stress your parrot out by changing its environment too frequently.
However, there are small, quiet parrots that are suited to apartment living. When choosing a pet parrot, consider its:
- Noise levels: Parrots that scream constantly will annoy your neighbors.
- Size: Some parrots need a large cage, so ensure that you have enough space.
- Temperament: Angry parrots are likely to be noisy and destructive, which could upset your landlord.
- Exercise requirements: All parrots need some out-of-cage exercise time for a couple of hours each day.
- Cage set up: You need perches, toys, food and water bowls, and toys.
The following parrots aren’t suited to apartment living due to their loud noise levels and large size:
- Alexandrine parakeets
- Eclectus parrots
- Amazon parrots
- African grey parrots
- Large macaws
- Ringneck parakeets
These parrots are most likely to make you unpopular with your neighbors.
Are Parrots Allowed in Apartments?
Some apartments allow pet parrots, but many landlords operate a no-pets policy.
If your rental agreement has a no-pets policy in place, you won’t be able to keep a parrot, even if it’s a small and quiet species. An apartment is a shared living space, so the building’s rules can be strict to protect other residents.
While some rented properties allow birds in cages, all parrots need some out-of-cage time. According to the University of Guelph, parrots develop abnormal and repetitive behaviors when denied the chance to socialize and forage.
Parrots will become sad and depressed if they’re confined to their cage 24/7, so you must read and understand your apartment’s terms and conditions to determine whether keeping a pet parrot is feasible.
What Parrots Are Good for Apartments?
If your apartment’s building rules state you can have a parrot, look for one that is quiet and low-maintenance. Here are the best parrots for apartments and why:
Budgies are among the most popular parrot pets.
They’re not quite as small as parrotlets, but they’re not far off. This makes them one of the best parrots for apartment living.
They reach around 8 inches from head to tail. They can also live in pairs within the same cage and prefer to do so once bonded.
Budgies are quieter than most birds. As described by The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, budgies have a complex vocal repertoire. They enjoy mimicking sounds and phrases, but they’re not too noisy.
They don’t make as much noise as larger species of parrots. Budgies have interesting personalities and enjoy social interaction with their owners. Following taming and training, you can even teach a budgie to go on your finger.
Parrotlets are one of the smallest parrot species, making them the ideal companion for apartment dwellers.
They’re quiet by nature and, with proper handling, become tame, well-behaved pet birds. Parrotlets live for an average of 15-20 years.
While they love to interact and play, they can amuse themselves whenever they’re inside their cage with fun toys and games.
Some parrotlets are shy, but even the most confident ones don’t scream or screech like larger birds.
Parrotlets only require a cage measuring 19 x 19 x 26 inches, but you should always provide more space if you can.
If you have a slightly larger apartment, a Pionus parrot should fit in nicely. Even though they sometimes scream, they make a softer sound, so it shouldn’t bother the neighbors too much.
Pionus parrots bond with the entire family, not just one person. Many other species are prone to jealousy, but Pionus parrots are happy to socialize with several people. That makes them good family pets.
They also enjoy being cuddled and can learn words and phrases. As well as being affectionate, they’re entertaining. Be careful when you let your Pionus parrot out of its cage, as they can squeeze into tight spaces.
Provide perches, rope toys, and swings, and they’ll be happy to entertain themselves while you’re away.
Cockatiels are another popular parrot breed due to their loveable personalities and sweet orange cheeks.
Cockatiels are among the best beginner species as they’re medium-sized and relatively easy to care for. While they love to sing, they’re not as noisy as larger parrots. When they make sounds, they:
- Talk (if trained)
Cockatiels may hiss and scream if they’re feeling frightened or lonely. However, with the right care, they make low-maintenance, easy-going pets.
Cockatiels are prone to night frights. This is where they see or hear something at night that scares them, causing them to go into a blind panic. Placing a cover over your parrot’s cage at night can help them to sleep better.
Cockatiels need a cage that’s at least 20 x 20 x 24 inches with horizontal bars. They need plenty of room to move about in. They’ll also need out-of-cage time to keep their bodies healthy and minds sharp.
Meyer’s parrots are easy-going and gentle, making them ideal apartment pets. As the smallest African parrots, they’re well suited to apartments as long as they have enough space to roam inside their cage.
Meyer’s parrots are quiet as their sound repertoire consists of chirps and high-pitched tweets. They’re capable talkers with the right training and can repeat words if they hear them often enough.
Mimicry is usually enough to satisfy a Meyers’ vocalization abilities, preventing them from becoming too loud inside their cage.
Don’t be too alarmed if your parrot makes the occasional beep or alarm sound from where it’s copied an electrical device.
Meyer’s parrots can live for up to 35 years. However, they need lots of care and affection, so don’t choose a Meyer’s parrot if you’re likely to be away from the apartment for long periods of time.
Bourke’s parakeets (pink parakeets) are well-known for their quiet, relaxed nature. They make little noise compared to most other parrots. However, they’ll be more chatty between dawn and dusk.
Interacting with them during these times can quieten them, as well as build your bond. Bourke’s parakeets enjoy the company of their owners during their lifespan of up to 30 years.
Bourke’s parakeets make sweet melodies that are pleasant to listen to. When startled, they produce a sharp, high-pitched sound, meaning that they suit being in calm apartments. This is ideal if you live alone.
Lovebirds are another popular pet because of their gentle personality and small, compact size. Lovebirds live for 10-15 years.
Contrary to popular belief, they don’t need another lovebird to be happy. If your apartment only has space for one, it’ll bond strongly with you.
However, be careful if you have regular visitors because they sometimes become territorial. Similarly, your lovebird is unlikely to get on with other pets in the home, especially cats.
Lovebirds show affection by whistling and chattering. They also squeak and sing as they explore the home, but they rarely become too noisy for your neighbors to hear.
With regular training and socialization, your parrot should become well-behaved and easy to control. They also need at least 2 hours of your time each day to be happy.
Quaker parrots (monk parrots) get their name due to the way that they shake and shiver. This can be alarming at first, but it’s perfectly normal.
They’re social birds that form strong, close bonds with their owners. They have friendly, comical personalities that keep their owners entertained. They like to be around their owners, so spend plenty of time together.
Quaker parrots are medium-sized. This means they’re well-suited to apartments, although they require a larger cage (26 x 32 x 34 inches). Position the cage in a quiet corner of the apartment.
While quaker parrots can be noisy at times, they’re considered one of the quieter pet parrots. They’re known for their ability to talk, and they have been known to do so early on in their 20-30 year lifespan.
While some conures are noisy, half-moon, green-cheeked, and peach-fronted conures are quiet birds that are well suited to apartment living.
Half-moon conures are medium-sized dwarf parrots. They’re excitable but quiet, displaying their fun-loving personalities through body language. They’re not very chatty and don’t often talk, meaning their volume is naturally low and won’t bother your neighbors.
Green-cheeked conures are much shyer than other conures. They prefer quiet living spaces and won’t call out or vocalize as much, making them good apartment pets. However, if you don’t socialize them early enough, they can become withdrawn and nervous around you.
Peach-fronted conures are just 10 inches long. While they sometimes call out, they’re small, so they don’t have a large vocal range. They make a high-pitched calling sound occasionally, but their noise levels rarely become intolerable.
While Senegal parrots are large birds, they have sweet, gentle personalities that make them a good option when living in a larger apartment. To give your Senegal parrot a happy home, provide them with a cage measuring 20 x 20 x 28 inches.
They also need at least 2-3 hours of out-of-cage time where they can play and explore. Without this, Senegal parrots are prone to stress and unwanted behaviors.
Senegals are prolific talkers, providing hours of entertainment as you train them to speak. They can also mimic sounds from:
- Clicker sounds from their training
- Alarm clocks
Although not the quietest of birds, caique parrots are in the middle of the road regarding noise levels. With the right training, you can teach them basic phrases and words.
Caiques are comical birds, but they have a stubborn streak. If you’ve not owned a parrot previously, they may not be a good choice. Unfortunately, these loveable birds are prone to behavioral issues.
If caiques get stressed, they’ll scream, so providing them with a comfortable environment should stop this behavior.
Surprisingly, according to Watchbird, caiques need a large cage measuring 2-3 feet in width by 3 feet in height to move around in.
Red-bellied parrots are small and relatively quiet, making them a good pet choice for apartment dwellers.
They’re not the most vocal birds and aren’t known to screech and squawk as much as larger birds. So, they’re rarely a nuisance for neighbors.
They’re good talkers and can mimic sounds, making them entertaining parrots. One unique thing about red-bellied parrots is that they’re comfortable around strangers and will chatter away to them. This is a fun part of their personality if you have people visiting your apartment.
Red-bellied parrots are best suited to owners who aren’t away from home too often. That’s because they become depressed without enough attention.
Also known as the lineolated parakeet, barred parakeets are sometimes mistaken for budgies, though they’re slightly stockier.
Barred parakeets are good apartment birds because they enjoy walking around and exploring their surroundings. They rarely attempt to fly around, so they’re easy to keep an eye on within a small apartment.
Their natural call is soft and gentle, sounding a lot like a song. They tend to chatter rather than screech as they spend most of their time attempting to mimic sounds and basic phrases.
Another plus point for apartment dwellers is that barred parakeets don’t require a large cage. When let loose around your apartment, they may attempt to chew and bite furniture, so you’ll need to train this out of them, particularly if you live in a rented apartment.
As the name suggests, mini macaws are among the tiniest parrots with small cage requirements. Though, we’d always recommend choosing the largest cage your apartment allows.
Their small stature makes them easy to care for, so they’re good parrots for beginners. The best small macaws for apartments include:
- Hahn’s macaw
- Yellow-collared macaw
- Blue-headed macaw
- Severe macaw
While some macaws can become noisy, training and socialization from an early age will prevent unwanted behaviors, making your parrot suitable for an apartment.
All birds are noisy, but some are quieter than others. Just because you live in an apartment doesn’t mean you have to miss out on owning a parrot. As long as you train and socialize your parrot from the start of its life, you can teach them to be quiet. Just make sure you choose the right-sized parrot to fit your living space and cage.