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Top 10 'talking' birds

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Some people want a pet that they can exercise and play with, and some people want a pet that will help keep them warm at night, and still other people want a companion -- an animal that will be an unquestioning, faithful friend through thick and thin. That's all good for them, but there are those of us who want a companion that we can talk to. We want a voice at the end of a long work day welcoming us home with,"Hello, darling, how was your day?" For people who wish to have that type of companion in the form of an animal, a talking bird fits the bill very nicely.

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The 5 Most popular 'talking' pet birds

5Yellow-Crowned Amazon

Considered to be nearly as good as the Yellow-Naped, with a smaller tendency to nip.

4Double Yellow Head Amazon

Closely following the Yellow-Naped, with an excellent ability to mimic human voices and love for song.

3Hill Myna

This pretty little black bird has an amazing capacity for mimicking human voices, with a varied range of pitch and tonality.

2Yellow-Naped Amazon

Of the Amazon parrots, the Yellow-Naped is the best known for its speaking abilities. They love to sing and are highly intelligent, with an uncanny ability to mimic human speech and cadence.

African Grey

The African Grey is widely considered to be the smartest of the talking birds, and one of the most intelligent in the animal kingdom overall. Some experts say they approach the ability to speak and relate concepts on the level of a human toddler. Of the two standard"domesticated" species, the Timneh African Grey tends to learn to speak at a younger age than the Congo African Grey.

One word of caution

Although we love talking birds here at PetMD, we must stress that it is important to choose a bird as a living companion because you love birds, not because you want to impress people with your talking bird. Even at the highest level of ability, there are still some birds that will not talk, no matter what you do or how early you train. Just as there are quiet, shy people, there are quiet and shy birds. And, just as with people, some birds are smarter than others. Do your research before adopting a bird. Find a breeder who can introduce you to the breeding pair, so that you at least have an idea of the capabilities of the bird you will be adopting.

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