Parakeets are beloved for their cute size and endearing personalities. They can talk, learn tricks, and play with their owners. Parakeets are social creatures that form flocks of up to 100 birds. They love to spend time chattering with each other. However, their vocal nature has earned them a reputation for being noisy birds.
Parakeets chatter noisily for most of the day. A loud noise from a parakeet can reach up to 111 decibels. Their favorite sounds are chirping, whistling, warbling, and trilling. Parakeets are loudest in the morning and quietest at night. If you’re an early riser, you’ll hear your parakeet’s morning routine of singing and greeting its cage-mates.
At night, parakeets will grind their beaks and make gentle sounds as they relax. They should be quiet throughout the night, as long as they’re not disturbed by excessive light or loud sounds. Excessive vocalizations will be reduced if you move their cage to a quieter location, interrupt their screaming, and socialize them correctly.
Are Parakeets Noisy Birds?
Parakeets are noisy, but not the loudest parrots. If you get them in pairs, they will chatter almost constantly with each other. If kept alone, parakeets remain loud and talkative. They are known to chirp and whistle at:
- Their owners
- Other pets
- Their own reflection
- Toys and perches
A bored parakeet will make noise to entertain itself. If the parakeet has closely bonded with you, it may sing whenever you walk into its room. They communicate a lot as there are up to 100 birds in one group. Pet parakeets are no stranger to noise, and in fact, a virtually silent parakeet is a red flag for illness.
People find these vocalizations charming. Of course, their whistling and singing may lead you to believe that parakeets are songbirds. However, they lack the right vocal organs. Instead, they mimic sounds and words that they’ve heard.
How Loud Do Parakeets Get?
Despite their small size, parakeets are loud. If you haven’t experienced the maximum volume these birds can reach firsthand, you’re in for a surprise.
The rose-ringed parakeet’s loudest vocalizations can reach 111 decibels. That’s just under the volume of a baby crying at (130 decibels) or the sound of an airplane engine (at 140 decibels).
This loudness can also feel more extreme due to the high-pitched tone of a parakeet’s scream. So, owners are discouraged from owning parakeets if they have sensitive hearing or conditions like hyperacusis.
Normal chattering will be at a lower volume and can sound as pleasant as a babbling brook for some people.
Sounds That Parakeets Make
Parakeets are capable of making a variety of sounds when socializing or expressing their mood. Here are the various vocalizations and what they mean:
Chattering is the most common parakeet noise. These vocalizations are often interspersed with chirps and clicks. That’s especially true when the parakeet is attempting to communicate its feelings.
Most chattering behavior indicates that a parakeet is feeling content. It should not be a reason for concern unless the parakeet is being excessively loud.
Parakeet singing can be a delightful sound. These high-pitched vocalizations are not usually shrill. In fact, they’re comparable to the warbled sounds of forwarding a cassette tape in a tape deck.
If your parakeet is frequently singing, it’s indicating that it’s happy. In fact, if you own a pair or small group of parakeets, they may start singing together.
Many people assume that chirping, chattering, and singing are all the same thing. In some respects, they sound similar. Chirping can be considered the “individual words” of your parakeet’s song, while chattering is the “sentences.”
Clicks are a more distinct vocalization. These short bursts of sound may catch you off guard and lead you to believe that your parakeets are in distress. However, clicking is a natural behavior that isn’t considered out of the ordinary.
Parakeets make clicking noises using their beaks or their tongues. Many owners report that parakeets engage in tongue clicking far more than beak clicking. It’s a way to keep themselves entertained.
Trills are special sounds that resemble longer and more drawn-out chirps. You may hear your parakeet’s voice shift in pitch as it decorates its trills with different syllables.
These trilling sounds are one of the first vocalizations baby parakeets can produce before learning how to sing. Trills are considered natural sounds and don’t indicate distress or danger.
Parakeets make special sounds to indicate danger. These danger calls are unique screeches that are often louder and more shrill than their other vocalizations.
If you hear your parakeet making such sounds, it may be trying to indicate a threat in its immediate surroundings. It can also mean the bird is seriously injured. However, you may also hear screeching noises from a parakeet every time it spots a cat or wild bird through the window.
Parakeets make contact calls less frequently than other sounds. However, they are arguably the most important. These vocalizations resemble a long-drawn call, similar to the sound of human whistling. Such sounds grab your attention immediately, which is your parakeet’s intention.
Contact calls are used to call out to other flock-mates. Parakeets use these sounds to alert their owners. A contact call doesn’t necessarily indicate joy or distress.
If the parakeet doesn’t get a reply, it may grow stressed. Call back to the parakeet or get into its line of sight for a moment so that it doesn’t keep calling out more loudly each time.
Warbling resembles very soft chattering noises. According to The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, parakeet warbling noises are sonically distinct from contact calls.
These sounds indicate your parakeet is feeling happy and at ease. It’s not uncommon for parakeets to make warbling sounds when they’re grooming themselves or other parakeets. Some owners have also reported their parakeets making warbling sounds when they are about to fall asleep.
African Grey parrots are known for their ability to mimic the sound of human words. However, parakeets can do the same thing to a certain extent. You may find that your parakeet attempts to repeat syllables that sound like certain words. Some parakeets are capable of reciting complete words with the same cadence and tone as humans.
Your parakeet doesn’t know the meaning of the words it’s saying. However, it’s believed that parrots mimic words as a way of fitting in with the rest of the flock. In this case, they’re mimicking human chattering and chirping so that we’ll accept them into our family.
Beak Grinding Noises
Parakeets also create sounds by grinding their beaks. This can resemble the sound of hard plastic being scraped, and it could worry some owners. However, break grinding is a normal and non-harmful behavior.
This grinding isn’t part of beak maintenance and is usually a sign of contentment. Parakeets often engage in this practice just before falling asleep.
Squawking at Night Vs. Morning
You may notice your parakeet squawking at different times of the day. Many owners report their parakeets making such sounds early in the morning when they are ready to get up. This usually corresponds to the moment sunlight reaches the parakeet’s cage. It can be delayed or stopped by placing a cover over the cage.
Your parakeet won’t normally squawk at night. They make softer warbling sounds when they’re about to fall asleep. A parakeet squawking at night may indicate distress from lights and sounds in the environment.
You may need to move them to a darker and more peaceful setting
Are Parakeets Loud in the Morning?
In addition to squawking when it sees daylight, your parakeet may continue making these sounds throughout the morning. This can be seen as a morning routine, in which the parakeet greets others and warms up its voice.
Are Parakeets Loud at Night?
A happy and content parakeet should not be making loud sounds during the night. If your parakeet is making noises after dark, it may be having trouble sleeping or be expressing distress.
Sounds Due to Sleep Problems
Parakeets require 10 to 12 hours of rest per night. However, their sleep may be disturbed, or they may have difficulty falling asleep. In these cases, they may start making loud noises to express themselves.
Sounds Due to Light Stimulation
Parrots in the wild are susceptible to changes in their environment. Any lighting, whether natural or artificial, can affect their hormone levels, making them even more exuberant.
According to Hormones and Behavior, parakeet hormone levels vary significantly throughout the year, peaking during the springtime. This hormonal peak may be attributed to the longer daylight hours during this season.
Exposure to artificial lighting at night can also alter your parakeet’s hormone levels. That can make it more vocal. You may be able to get around this problem by:
- Placing a cover over the cage
- Moving your parakeet to a dark room after sunset
Why Are My Parakeets So Loud?
Parakeets are loud because they need to be. They live in large flocks and may need to be louder than adjacent birds to get the attention of others. They’re well-equipped to produce loud sounds. If your parakeet is excessively loud all the time, it could indicate other problems:
A parakeet that feels that it isn’t receiving enough attention from its owner may signal this with a loud contact call. Your parakeet should cease this behavior once you go over to it or call back. Similarly, it may emit a contact call if its food or water bowls are empty.
If your parakeet is stressed out, it may produce louder sounds than normal. This will be caused by:
- Lights and sounds in the surrounding environment
- An unsuitable cage-mate
- A poor diet
Your parakeet should quiet down once you address the source of stress.
Parakeets Squawking at Each Other
In the wild, these playful birds get along by teasing, antagonizing, and playing with each other. A favorite pastime is stealing toys and food, only to get a reaction out of a cage-mate.
So, you may find your two parakeets squawking at each other. This is usually a benign play-fight that only requires monitoring. If you’ve just added a new parakeet to the mix, and the fights get heavy, this can be a bad sign.
Squawking at a Cage-Mate
A parakeet that isn’t getting along with its cage-mate will often squawk to;
- Express its distress
- Shoo its opponent to the other side of the cage
A parakeet may also squawk if it was injured by a cage-mate and wants to keep its distance.
Playing vs. Fighting
It can be tricky to distinguish between parakeets playing and fighting. Parakeets that are getting along will preen each other’s faces and beaks to express their affection. This behavior is natural and isn’t a reason for concern.
If you notice your parakeets nipping at each other while making loud squawking noises, that indicates that they’re fighting. Owners should separate the parrots if the fight gets heavy-handed or continue for too long.
How To Quiet Noisy Parakeets
Sometimes your parakeet is far too loud. Maybe you’re trying to put a baby to sleep, or you want some peace and quiet yourself. Luckily, there are ways to get your parakeet to settle down:
Move The Cage Elsewhere
A parakeet that is dissatisfied with its current surroundings may be vocal about it. In this scenario, you should move its cage to a different room. Preferably, this will be a quieter one where the parakeet won’t be disturbed.
Conversely, a parakeet that is loud because of a lack of attention can be moved to a room used frequently. This allows them to spend more time with you when you are going about your usual activities.
Play Calming Music
Many owners report that their parakeets quiet down when they hear calming music. This could be slow and pleasant classical music or ambient nature sounds.
Studies are still exploring the effect that music has on parrots, but as of now, it’s believed that parakeets find it calming. The background music offers a change of setting that doesn’t require you to move your parakeet’s cage.
Give a Time-Out
If you can’t discern why your parakeet is acting unusually loud, it may need a time-out. This involves moving the parakeet to a separate cage with food and water until it calms down and becomes quieter.
If you have several parakeets, you should keep them separate during their time-out sessions.
Interrupting The Behavior
Some owners find they can quieten their parakeet’s excessive screaming by interrupting them. You can do this by spritzing them with water from a spray bottle. However, your parakeet may not take too kindly to this act.
If your parakeet is uncomfortable around others, it may respond by screeching. You can solve this problem by socializing your parakeet. This involves:
- Taking your parakeet out to meet new people while they’re still young. Parakeets trust their owners, but they’re often wary of strangers and other humans they’re unfamiliar with.
- Bond your parakeet with calm, quiet individuals through a series of meetings. These meetings should be kept short at first to give your parakeet time to get acquainted with others. You can gradually make these meetings longer as your parrot becomes more comfortable.
What If My Parakeet Is Too Quiet?
If your parakeet has suddenly become extremely quiet, that’s a bad sign. Parrots should not go entirely silent, nor should they stop producing sounds as regularly as they used to. This usually means that the parakeet is ill.
Birds are very good at hiding when they’re sick. Going silent could be a way for them to continue looking strong and healthy in front of their cage-mates or predators.
If you own a parakeet and are fed up with the amount of noise it’s making, you should avoid giving them away. Parakeets form a deep bond with their owners, and giving them away could cause depression. A workable solution for noisy parakeets is to keep them in a separate room where their noise will be more tolerable.