Top 10 Smartest Talking Birds In The World


Birds originally descended from reptiles and it is belived that Archaeopteryx is the earliest known bird that lived approximately 147 million years ago. This bird species seem to be very different from today’s birds and have a long bony tail with teeth. There are certain species of birds that can talk and copy human voices. They also copy vocabulary, contextualize words, and imitate emotions. Here is the list of smartest talking birds in the world,

Talking Birds

1. African Grey Parrot

  • African grey parrots belong to the family Psittacidae also known as true parrots.
  • Talking about the appearance, as the name suggests, it is a grey-colored medium-sized parrot that comes with a large black bill and white mask. The eyes are yellow and have a striking red vent and tail.
  • It can grow upto 33 cm (13.2 inches) and the avarage wieght of the bird species is 400 g (14 oz.)
  • The primary diest of the bird species includes fruit, seeds, buds, nectar, and pollen and they have also seen eating insects or other meat occasionally.
  • The incubation period of the bird species is 28 days and sexual maturity will be attained after 4 to 7 years.
  • The avarage lifespan of the bird species is 50+ years in the wild.
  • This is a solitary bird that can be easily taught to speak.
  • The global population of African grey parrots is estimated to be around 0.56 to 12.7 million individuals. The population is declining but still, it is not alarming.
  • The parrot species is monogamous which means it prefers solitarily in a tree with a hole for her eggs.
  • It is one of the smartest animals in the world.

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African Grey Parrot
African Grey Parrot

2. Budgerigar

  • Budgerigar scientifically is known as Melopsittacus undulatus.
  • This type of parrot species is a very popular pet in the UK with an avarage lifespan of 5 to 8 years in captivity.
  • It is known for its small, long-tailed, seed-eating parrot also known as the budgie and in American English, it is known as a parakeet.
  • The origin of the bird species is unclear, however, it was first recorded in 1805 and now they are popular pets across the world because of their small size, low cost, and ability to mimic human speech.
  • The budgerigar is closely related to lories and the fig parrots.
  • Budgerigar is a small bird but they have approximately 3000 Feathers Across Their Bodies. The heartbeat of Budgerigar is around Three Hundred Beats Per Minute.
  • The bird species used to poop at an interval of 20 minutes.
  • The eyesight of Budgerigar is extremely powerful where they can register over 150 Images Per Second.

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3. Yellow Naped Amazon

  • Yellow Naped Amazon also known as a yellow-naped parrot is an amazon parrot considered a subspecies of the yellow-crowned amazon.
  • The bird species inhabit the Pacific Slope of Mesoamerica and is listed as an endangered species by the IUCN Redlist. The primary reason for the population decline is Deforestation and the illegal removal of young for the pet trade (poaching).
  • It is one of the smartest talking birds that can easily mimic sounds of human speech and this is the primary reason it is popular in aviculture.
  • The primary diest includes fruits, seeds, berries, nuts, blossoms, and leaf buds.
  • The average lifespan of the Yellow-Naped Amazon is 20 to 30 years in the wild and 60 to 80 in captivity.
  • The male species of yellow-naped Amazon parrot species are known as cocks and the female ones are called hens.
  • The bird species are listed as small to medium-sized and wieght around 0.9-1.4 lb (0.4-0.6 kg).
  • Amazon parrots are very fast flyers where they can reach upto 50 mph (80.5 kph).

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Yellow Naped Amazon
Yellow Naped Amazon

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4. Eclectus Parrot

  • Eclectus Parrot is one of the smartest talking birds native to the Solomon Islands, Sumba, New Guinea, and even nearby islands.
  • It is an herbivore and the primary diest of the bird species includes fruits, seeds, nuts, berries, leaf buds, blossoms, and nectar. The favorite food of Eclectus parrots is Pandanus.
  • It prefers to thrive in the rainforest’s canopy, tree clumps in savannahs, and eucalypt woodlands.
  • Eclectus Parrot is seen in small flocks or pairs and at night they may roost in groups of up to 80.
  • The natural predators are possums, birds of prey, and introduced species such as wild dogs.
  • Grand eclectus parrot can grow up to 30.5 to 35 cm (12.2 to 14 in.) in length with a total wingspan of 50 cm (20 in.)
  • The avarage lifespan of a Grand eclectus parrot is approximately 50+ years in the wild.
  • These bird species love to thrive in tropical rainforests and monsoon forests in the regions of Cape York Peninsula, New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and the Indonesian Archipelago.

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Eclectus Parrot
Eclectus Parrot

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5. Indian Ring Parakeet

  • Indian Ring Parakeet is a medium-sized bird species also known as the rose-ringed parakeet and has been kept as a pet for centuries.
  • It originates from India and hence the name and it is still available in the country in great quantities and mostly in urban areas.
  • The primary diest includes pellets, fruit, veggies, and healthy table foods.
  • The avarage life span of the bird species is more than 30 years.
  • The parrot species is found naturally in Africa and Asia, however, it is now widely distributed across Europe, occurring in many large towns and cities from Lisbon to London. There is a set of populations also seen in South Africa, Mauritius, Singapore, Macao, and Hong Kong.
  • The first known species of Indian Ring Parakeet was introduced in Britain in the year 1971. The nesting is preferred as a hole in a tree but they also nest in the buildings and even rock cavities.

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Indian Ring Parakeet
Indian Ring Parakeet

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6. Monk Parakeet

  • Monk Parakeet was mostly seen in the subtropical parts of Argentina and surrounding countries in South America.
  • The bird species has been introduced in the United States in America in the late 1960s as a pet and the first one has been recorded in New York in 1967.
  • It is the only parrot that builds a stick nest rather than using a hole in a tree. It prefers nesting in a tree or on a man-made structure.
  • The four species of birds include Myiopsitta monachus monachus, Myiopsitta monachus calita, Myiopsitta monachus cotorra, and Myiopsitta (monachus) luchsi.
  • The group of Monk Parakeets is also known as “chatter” or a “flock” of parakeets.

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Monk Parakeet
Monk Parakeet

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7. Hill Mynah

  • Hill Mynah also known as the Common Hill Myna, Common Grackle, or the Talking Myna is one of the popular smartest talking birds native to eastern India, southern
  • China, Indochina, Thailand, Malaysia, and the Phillippines.
  • It prefers to thrive either on hills between 300 and 2000 m. high or at sea level.
  • It can grow upto 27-30 cm in length and comes up with a black appearance with feathers that vary in an undertone.
  • It is also listed as one of the most beautiful black birds with yellow beaks in the world.
Hill Mynah
Hill Mynah

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8. Cockatoo

  • The cockatoo is also one of the popular bird species known for its fan of feathers that can be seen at the top of the head.
  • It is scientifically known as Cacatuidae and can grow upto 24 inches in length.
  • The avarage lifespan of the bird species varies between 25 to 60 years of age.
  • As of now, 21 species of cockatoos are known to humans and native to Oceania.It is endemic to Australasia, including Australia, New Zealand, and New Guinea. It is also seen in Indonesia and the Solomon Islands.

9. Yellow Crowned Amazon

  • Yellow Crowned Amazon is native to Panama and tropical South America.
  • The plumage of the bird is mostly green and it has rainbow markings over its body as well.
  • It can grow upto 33 to 38 cm in length with a total wingspan of 20 to 21.6 cm. The avarage wieght of the species is 405-561 gms.
  • The avarage lifespan of the bird species is 60 to 80 years.
  • It can be easily identified with some red or orange feathers and a white ring around its eye and an orange iris.

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Yellow Crowned Amazon
Yellow Crowned Amazon

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10. Blue Fronted Amazon

  • Blue Fronted Amazon is commonly known as the Blue-fronted Amazon parrot and turquoise-fronted Amazon parrot.
  • It is scientifically known as Amazona aestiva and can grow upto 15 to 17 inches long with an avarage wieght of 14 to 15 ounces.
  • The avarage lifespan is between 80 and 100 years, however, it is most commonly will live 40 or so years.
  • It is known for its brilliant colorings and each of them has distinct feather patterns to go along with its extroverted personality.
Blue Fronted Amazon
Blue Fronted Amazon

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