Those living in an apartment will be aware of how much sound travels between the different units. As a result, choosing a parrot that’s quiet and well-behaved is a 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 tough decision to choose the right parrot.
Some parrot breeds are naturally quiet and small, making them ideal for apartments. This includes budgies, parrotlets, Pionus parrots, cockatiels, Meyer’s parrots, lovebirds, Bourke’s parakeets, and quaker parrots. Some conure breeds are also suitable, as are some mini macaws. Other parrots that can live in apartments include Senegals, caique parrots, red-bellied parrots, and barred parakeets. However, these species need training from a young age to prevent them from being noisy.
When choosing a suitable apartment parrot, do your research beforehand to understand whether your favorite 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 will affect their ability to rest and relax in their own apartment. Sound easily travels between walls, so neighbors living next door and directly above or below your unit will hear your parrot’s vocalizations.
Similarly, larger parrot species need the biggest cage possible, which most small apartments don’t have enough space for. This will affect your bird’s quality of life, as it won’t be able to stretch its legs and wings like it needs to. Larger birds also need plenty of out-of-cage exercise, so their environment must have the space they need.
Another thing to consider is your parrot’s lifespan. Some parrots can live for 50 years or more. If you regularly move around, your living situation may not be suitable to have a bird. You’ll also stress it out by changing its environment too frequently.
However, there are plenty of small, quiet parrots that are better suited to apartment living than others. When choosing a pet parrot, consider its:
- Noise levels: You need a parrot to be naturally quiet. Parrots that scream will bother your neighbors.
- Size: Parrots need a large cage to ensure you have plenty of space to fit a decent-sized living environment.
- Temperament: Angry, aggressive parrots are likely to be both noisy and destructive, which could put you in trouble with your landlord.
- Exercise requirements: All parrots need some out-of-cage exercise time for a couple of hours every day.
- Cage set up: You need perches, toys, games, and somewhere cool and dry to store your parrot’s food.
This should help you choose a parrot that’s suited to living in an apartment. As a rule of thumb, the following parrots aren’t suited to apartments because of 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 cause you multiple problems and make you unpopular with your neighbors.
Are Parrots Allowed in Apartments?
Some apartments allow pet parrots, but many operate a no pets policy. This all depends on the building’s landlord. If your rental or building agreement has a no pets policy in place, then you won’t be able to keep a parrot, even if it’s small and quiet.
An apartment is a shared living space, so the building’s rules can be quite strict to protect other residents. While some rented properties allow birds in cages to prevent damage, all parrots need some out-of-cage exercise time. As described by the University of Guelph, parrots develop abnormal and repetitive behaviors when denied the chance to socialize and forage.
Parrots can’t be happy and healthy if they’re confined to their cage 24/7, so you must read and understand your apartment’s terms to determine whether keeping a parrot is feasible or not.
Even if you’re allowed to, a pet parrot is unlikely to receive the mental stimulation it needs from being confined to a cage. In which case, you should reconsider owning one.
What Parrots Are Good for Apartments?
If your apartment’s building rules clearly state you can have a parrot, then it’s time to look for one that is quiet and relatively low-maintenance. Luckily, you have several species to choose from – which one you choose depends on your personal preference and living situation.
To help get you started, here are the best parrots for apartments and the reasons why:
Budgies are some of the most popular parrot pets in the world. They’re not quite as small as parrotlets, but they’re not far off, making them one of the best parrots for apartment living.
In total, they reach around 8 inches from their head to their tail. They can also live in pairs within the same cage and usually prefer to do so.
Budgies are also quieter than most other 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 that doesn’t make them noisy.
In fact, they don’t make too much sound at all because of their size. But despite this, they have large personalities and enjoy social interaction with their owners. Budgies are:
- Easy to clean
- Don’t require as much out-of-cage time as larger parrots
- Inexpensive to feed
- Okay to live in a slightly smaller cage
Although, choose the largest cage your apartment allows so that your budgie has enough space to play and climb.
Parrotlets are one of the smallest parrot species, making them the perfect companion for apartment dwellers and those with neighbors who live in close proximity. They’re quiet by nature and, with proper handling, become tame, well-behaved birds.
While they love to interact and play, they’re more than happy to amuse themselves whenever they’re inside their cage with fun toys and games. Some are shy, but even the 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 go as big as possible to provide them with plenty of space. Depending on your apartment’s shape and size, a small parrotlet might be the only viable option.
However, bear in mind that parrotlets can live for up to 30 years. This makes them a much longer commitment than rodents, cats, and dogs.
If you have a larger apartment, a Pionus parrot should fit in nicely. Even though Pionus parrots sometimes scream, it’s a soft and gentle sound that’s not too loud, so it shouldn’t upset the neighbors too much.
Pionus parrots also bond with all members of the family, not just one person. Many other parrot species are prone to jealousy, but Pionus parrots are happy to spend time and socialize with multiple people. That’s what makes them great family pets.
They also enjoy being cuddled and are able to learn a few words and phrases. As well as being affectionate pets, they’re highly entertaining. However, be careful whenever you let your Pionus out of its cage, as it tends to squeeze itself into tight spaces.
Provide it with perches, rope toys, and swings, and it’ll be more than happy to entertain itself while you’re away.
Cockatiels are another popular parrot breed thanks to their loveable personalities and sweet orange cheeks. Cockatiels are one of the best beginner species as they’re small and easy to care for. While they love to sing, they’re not as noisy as their larger cousins. When they make sounds, they:
- Talk, if trained
Rarely, cockatiels hiss and scream if they’re 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. Cockatiels suffering from an episode can become quite noisy, so placing a cover over your parrot’s cage at night can help it sleep better.
When it comes to the cage, cockatiels need one that’s at least 20 x 20 x 24 inches in size with horizontal bars. This is surprisingly large for their size, but they need plenty of room to move about it. Adding in plenty of out-of-cage time to their routine helps keep their bodies healthy and minds sharp.
While one of the lesser-known parrot species, Meyer’s parrots are easy-going and gentle, making them ideal apartment pets. As the smallest African parrots, they’re well suited to little apartments, as long as they have enough space to roam inside their cage.
Meyer’s parrots are also 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 enough.
Mimicry is usually enough to satisfy a Meyers’ vocalization abilities, preventing them from becoming too loud inside their apartment home. Though, don’t be alarmed if your parrot makes the occasional beep or alarm sound from where it’s copied an electrical device.
Meyer’s parrots live around 20 years, making them less of a commitment than the larger parrot species. However, they do need plenty of care and affection within that time, so don’t choose a Meyer’s parrot if you’re away from the apartment for long periods.
Bourke’s parakeets are well-known for their quiet, relaxed nature. They make little noise compared to most other parrots. However, they can become chatty between dawn and dusk.
Interacting with your parrot during these times can help distract it from being too noisy, as well as building your bond. Bourke’s parakeets enjoy the company of their owners.
For the most part, Bourke’s parakeets make sweet melodies that are pleasant to listen to. When startled, they produce a sharp, high-pitched sound, meaning they suit being in calm, chilled-out apartments best. This is ideal if you live alone.
Their lifespans aren’t as long as other parrots, which is similar to the budgerigar at 5-8 years. As a result, they don’t require quite as much commitment as macaws and African greys. They’re also similar in shape and size to a budgie, making them ideal beginner pets.
Lovebirds are another popular pet because of their gentle personality and small, compact size. 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 instead. 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.
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 4-6 hours of your hour each day to be happy.
Lovebirds live for up to 20 years, so they become a firm friend for a significant period of your life.
Quaker parrots, also known as monk parrots, get their name because of the way they shake and shiver. This can be alarming for owners seeing this for the first time. They’re intelligent, social birds that form strong, close bonds with their owners.
They’re also relatively small, especially when compared to other parrots. This means they’re easily suited to small apartments, though they do require a medium-sized cage.
When they get upset, they don’t show their displeasure through sound but by plucking out their feathers. They also tend to vocalize more often during the day rather than the night-time.
While this shouldn’t affect your neighbors, it’s not safe for parrots to do this. Therefore, you must provide a happy, healthy home for your parrot in order to prevent self-destructive tendencies.
While some conures are noisy, half-moon, green-cheeked, and peach-fronted conures are quiet birds that are well suited to living in apartments.
Half-moon conures are medium-sized dwarf parrots. They’re excitable, but they’re quiet, displaying their fun-loving personalities through body language. They’re also not very chatty and don’t take very often, meaning their volume is naturally low and won’t bother your neighbors.
Green-cheeked conures are much shyer than other conure species. They prefer quiet living spaces and won’t call out or vocalize, making them good apartment pets. However, if you don’t socialize them early enough, they can become withdrawn and nervous of you.
Peach-fronted conures are only small at 10 inches. While they sometimes call out, their lungs are only small, so they don’t have a large vocal range. Every now and then, they make a high-pitched calling sound, but the noise levels rarely become intolerable.
While Senegal parrots are large birds, they have sweet, gentle personalities that make them a surprisingly good option for anyone living in an apartment. Although small apartments may not provide enough space, so only choose a Senegal if you have plenty of room to give.
To give your Senegal parrot a happy home, provide it with a cage measuring 20 x 20 x 28 inches. It also needs at least 1-3 hours of out-of-cage time where they can forage and explore. Without this, Senegal parrots are prone to stress and unwanted behaviors.
Senegals are prolific talkers. This doesn’t make them noisy, but they provide hours of entertainment as you train yours to speak. However, unless they’re taught to speak, they’ll remain almost entirely silent. This is good for your neighbors who live next door. Although, they are able to mimic sounds from:
- Clicker sounds from their training
- Alarm clocks
Though they’re not the quietest of all birds, caique parrots are in the middle of the road when it comes to noise levels. With enough training, you can teach your bird basic phrases and a few words. By doing this, you can encourage it to be quiet so that it doesn’t disturb your neighbors.
However, if caiques get stressed, they’ll scream, so providing them with a comfortable environment should put a stop to this behavior. The good news is that they don’t have a reputation for screaming, so it shouldn’t become a problem as long as you address this behavior whenever it starts and train it out of your parrot from a young age.
According to Watchbird, caiques need a large cage measuring 2-3 feet in width by 3 feet in height to move around in, even though they’re small birds. This is fine, as long as your apartment has enough space.
Red-bellied parrots are small and quiet, making them a good pet choice for apartment dwellers. They’re not considered vocal birds and aren’t known to screech and squawk like larger parrots. As a result, they’re rarely a nuisance for neighbors.
They’re also good talkers and can mimic sounds, making them highly entertaining parrots. One thing that’s unique about red-bellied parrots is they’re comfortable around strangers and will chatter away to them. This is a fun part of their personality if you regularly have people visiting your apartment.
Red-bellied parrots are best suited to owners who aren’t away from home too open. That’s because they become depressed without enough attention. This may cause the bird to vocalize slightly more often, but as red-bellied parrots are naturally quiet, it’s unlikely your neighbors will hear too much sound.
Also known as the lineolated parakeet, barred parakeets are often mistaken for budgies, though they are a little 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 also 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 your bird, particularly if you live in a rented apartment.
Unlike their larger cousins, mini macaws only have tiny lungs, meaning they’re incapable of making too much noise.
As the name suggests, mini macaws some of the tiniest parrots and, as a result, they have small cage requirements. Though, we’d always recommend choosing the largest cage your apartment allows. Luckily, their small stature also makes them easy to care for, so they’re relatively good parrots for beginner owners. 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. However, this does take a consistent approach for it to work. Don’t make the mistake of getting a large macaw, as it will undoubtedly annoy your neighbors.
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 bird from the start of its life, you will be able to teach it to be quiet as not to disturb your neighbors. Just make sure you choose the right sized parrot to fit your living space.