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Quietest parrot species Kakariki or Moustache parrot?

I am after a quieter bird, I had a cockatiel years ago and she would screech as soon as I walked in the door and drove us mad, but I did love the interaction and affection of the Cockatiel.

I really like the Kakarikis but also like the moustached parrot but don't know that much about them, I have heard that Kakarikis are not that affectionate and won't generally sit on your shoulder like my cockateil used to, what about he moustached parrot? I like Indian ringnecks but have heard they are noisy.

Any other quieter species to recommend?
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Old 02-11-2014, 04:32 PM
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Re: Quietest parrot species Kakariki or Moustache parrot?

Any bird can be noisy! Just depends on how much you can tolerate. Some people find kakariki noisy but I find them to be super quiet. I find them to be super sweet birds that can interact and sit on your shoulders. IRN will not be for you if you find cockatiel noisy.
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Re: Quietest parrot species Kakariki or Moustache parrot?

Mustache are in the same family as Ringnecks (Psittacula). Typically Psittacula parrots do not like petting and a lot of hands on them. They'll sit on you though. They're noisy too (but beautiful).
You think Cockatiel noise is loud? That is really quiet as far as parrots go. I know males can be noisy (frequently), and personally I don't care for the sound of a cockatiel but they're not what you'd call loud. Many other smaller species, while not loud, have a more high piercing shrill noise. Not sure what kind of noise Kakarikis make. 'Kinny' on this forum breeds them. If you want to maybe PM her also to see how true it is about them not being affectionate.

I remember when Robin was young in 1990's, the Mustache parakeets were SO popular. Now you don't see them much. Good luck choosing your bird!
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Re: Quietest parrot species Kakariki or Moustache parrot?

Lineolated parakeets are super quiet if you like quiet birds. For bigger birds the poicephalus are pretty quiet.
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Re: Quietest parrot species Kakariki or Moustache parrot?

Thanks for the replies, the Senegals look lovely but I have read some account s of excess noise, so far the Kakariki seems to be the one.
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Re: Quietest parrot species Kakariki or Moustache parrot?

I don't find 'tiels to be especially loud although multiple birds can be a bit noisy especially at certain periods, or as I put the key in the lock of front door Don't have any experience with moustache parrot but have closely related (I think) plumhead. It's actually very noisy! Not unpleasant noise though. It's not affectionate at all and doesn't like to be touched. It also bites! As for 'rikis, they are vert quiet, just a soft chatter generally, but in my experience the hens are very timid and the males can be very aggressive (I was attacked several times in the face by our male). They didn't click with me or my wife and we swapped our pair for a lorikeet.
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Re: Quietest parrot species Kakariki or Moustache parrot?

I thought Lorikeets were biters and aggressive......I absolutely love the Green musk lorikeets but I think they are very noisy. A Rainbow Lori would be beautiful but once again noisy and apparently ****e all over the place
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Re: Quietest parrot species Kakariki or Moustache parrot?

You should go a totally different direction and get a screech owl. You wouldn't have neighbors or a rodent problem.
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Re: Quietest parrot species Kakariki or Moustache parrot?

Cockatiels can be shrill, but they aren't loud volume-wise compared to most other parrots. I think your previous tiel screamed because he didn't want to be left alone. If you love tiels but don't want one that squeals constantly...consider getting two tame ones. They will have each other for company when you're not around, but be wonderful companions for you as well.
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Re: Quietest parrot species Kakariki or Moustache parrot?

i am a new owner of a Tag and a mustached parakeet and have owned a cockatiel a lovebird and a quaker and the mustache is definetly the loudest of all of them but he is a beautiful bird
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