What is the best parrot for an apartment?

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What is the best parrot for an apartment? The answers thus far have been pretty limited (on Quora).

We (mitch & catherine) live in a three flat apartment building, erected circa 1885 in the geographical center of the city of Chicago’s Ukrainian Village neighborhood.

It’s 1800 ft.² with 9 1/2 foot ceilings. The all brick building is quite solid.

We like parrots. We are in the (caged bird) pet supply business. It’s our job to know about them.

For the record we don’t sell any birds. We simply teach proper care for about 750 captive bird species out of approximately 10,400 species of birds on the planet.

3 story brick apartment building built 1885 Ukrainian Village Chicago Our home and home office of 11 years (1st flr)

The first thing I’ll do is take a macro view of the apartment question and probably eliminate most if not all of the species that come from South America which are primarily macaws and conures

For the record every conure is a parakeet but not every parakeet is a conure. Most of those species are relatively noisy even the small ones like green cheeks and sun conures.

If we move west across the South Pacific we come to Australia and New Zealand where we will find lots of noisy birds including around 30 species of cockatoos, grass eating parakeets including budgerigars (budgies), cockatiels, kakapos, kakas and keas.

It’s like they begin to plan their day and talk about what happened the day before. Budgies can get loud because in the wild of Australia they fly in enormous flocks.

I’m talking about hundreds of thousands of birds in need to communicate with one another and within the flock during flight while on the ground so they can probably vocalize louder than most people give them credit for.

Cockatiels would be a good choice but they can have a shrill whistle.

So as to give you a broader choice, I would continue west across the Indian Ocean to the continent of Africa where there are more choices than you might realize.

Starting with poicephallus, species like Senegal’s, red bellies and Meyers make a great choice for an apartment.

Living with in an apartment with a Senegal parrot allows me to say with confidence Senegal’s make great apartment captive birds.

People think of them as larger parrots but our Senegal is 111 g. Cockatiels tend to run 85 – 100 g but just have longer tails.

A cape parrot, another member of the poicephalus family may a bit too vocal for many caged bird keeper’s ears.

Lovebirds are generally not loud although a solitary lovebird can be a little screechy.  And our quiet little Senegal does ramp up her noise if she loses eye contact with me anywhere in the apartment for long.

Birds need to vocalize to communicate any number of things (in the wild). “Where’s the best place for food”. “Hey I’m looking for a mate” “I think there’s a predator nearby”.

In our household a step stool replaces a predator in terms of eliciting some excited verbalization’s when we walk by with it.

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He's handled a 1000 birds of numerous species when they would visit their monthly birdie brunch in the old Portage Park (Chicago, IL) facility. The one with the parrot playground. Mitch has written and published more than 1100 articles on captive bird care. He's met with the majority of  CEO's and business owners for most brands in the pet bird space and does so on a regular basis. He also constantly interacts with avian veterinarians and influencers globally.

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