Having pet birds is not everyone’s idea of a perfect addition to the family. Some people believe birds should best be left in the wild, where they belong. The idea of waking up to outdoor birdsong in the mornings is lovely, but they should be outdoors and not inside, in cages.
To the contrary, there are people, who like the idea of a small, easy to keep pet, which can be seen and not heard. Some birds are particularly chatty and noisy and they will squawk and chatter away willy-nilly and be quite disruptive to the home. If people are looking for a pet bird that can be trained to talk or just remain quiet there are species which will more or less fit that description.
1 - Budgerigars
Budgies tend to be a firm favorite amongst pet bird lovers. Budgies tend to whistle and chirp rather than squawk, so they are less offensive to the ears. Some budgies do talk and repeat phrases but in general it can also depend on their temperament as to whether they ever do speak. There have been cases where the household is so quiet, generally, that the bird never utters a sound apart from the odd whistle.
Budgies are easy birds to look after and they rarely become ill. They also respond to quiet rather than try to break the silence. You can cover the bird cage over with a dark cloth and the budgie will think it is night time and will go to sleep. These birds also are prone to the odd squawk here and there. If tempted, they can be noisy but the noise generated is not as substantial as a larger bird. They can be trained and taught to be quiet on command.
2 - Canaries or Finches
Canaries do sing and they do chirp but the fact that they are tiny birds means that the amount of noise they create will be relatively low compared to a parrot or cockatoo. Finches and canaries have good temperaments and make lovely little pets. Their bright yellow feathers are beautiful and bring an element of sunshine into a room. Canaries and finches may be very quiet in comparison to other birds but they do need a lot of space for exercise, so buying a very large cage is a good idea. They need to feel less confined and be able to fly about. They are also extremely fragile little things, so being handled by anyone other than someone who can be gentle is not a good idea.
3 - Cockatiels
These birds prefer to be outside the cage, rather than in it. They tend to see being put in the cage as a punishment and they are very fond of human contact. Cockatiels can be taught to speak and are reported to be highly intelligent birds. They have great character as birds and even though they are very vocal birds and squawk quite a bit, they can be very quiet too. They, like budgies, also respond to a cover being placed over the cage to confuse day with night.