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A friend is very interested in buying a pet parrot, but would like to have a quiet species. I suggested ... input would be appreciated which would help my friend make the right choice for her living situation. Thanks. LindaA

I agree with the poster who said that despite their small size, parrotlets are amazingly tough. They also need frequent handling to stay tame. I had one that was totally aggressive for the entire 17 years he lived, and now I have a female who's very sweet and loving, but still nippy, to me, and absolutely attacks everyone else.

You might also consider any of the Pionus parrots. they are known for being quiet (as parrots go), gentle and easy-going. they're bigger than a Senegal but smaller than a Gray around 180-300 grams, depending on species
You might also look into Eclectus. I have a SI Eckie and he only makes some noise in morning when I uncover him, (I think he's anouncing to the world that it's time for him to eat), and also a few minutes in the evening. Other than that he is very content with chattering and talking at an extremely tolerable level. I have heard that Eckies are typically very quiet as far as parrots go. When he decides to be heard though... he is definately heard by all.
You might also look into Eclectus. I have a SI Eckie and he only makes some noise in morning when ... very quiet as far as parrots go. When he decides to be heard though... he is definately heard by all.

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Thanks, Csaba, for your feedback. I've seen an Eclectus up close and personal a couple of years ago. The bird had a fair amount of brilliant red plumage (female?) ... very striking. I don't know much about Eclectus other than the little I've read about them, but I remember being awestruck at how colourful this particular bird was. As far as wanting to be heard when the mood strikes, I think it goes without saying that works for all birds. Even my tiny quiet parrotlets can pipe up when they want to. Thanks, again, for sharing.
LindaA
I've never heard a loud senegal. Any senegal owners have loud ones?

I have one, she has a screech that will make your ears ring. Fortunately it doesn't carry far and I think she's competing with my Amazon's. I used to have a wild caught male Senegal that was very quiet, he had soothing and beautiful calls.
June
i am just coming into this conversation and have not looked back at any answers...so, excuse me if this bird has been suggested already

how about a parrotlet? i have had one for about 8 years now and she is very quiet but can get a little loud at times but not anywhere near any other birds
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I've never heard a loud senegal. Any senegal owners have loud ones?

I have one, she has a screech that will make your ears ring. Fortunately it doesn't carry far and I ... I used to have a wild caught male Senegal that was very quiet, he had soothing and beautiful calls. June
A Senegal is a good choice, although the old addage ... them rotten, or ignore them to the point of abuse.

~~ Thanks, Glen, for the information. I realize there are *NO* quiet birds ... even budgies and parrotlets vocalize. My ... etc. I also suggested a dove as a pet but she has her heart set on a parrot. LindaA

Cock doves are not quiet birds! The hen is fairly quiet, but a cock dove will coo his head off all day to attract a mate, and if anything wakes him at night he coos loudly. If his owner is regarded as his "mate" he will display and coo to her, too.
A hen ringneck dove does make an affectionate pet though.

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