Have you ever heard of Puck the Budgie? Chances are you have no idea what I am talking about, but Puck is the perfect example of why pet birds make such unique and special pets. Puck is famous Budgie who joined the ranks of the Guiness Book of World Records in 1995 for his vast vocabulary. Puck had a vocabulary of 1,728 words! This is the largest known vocabulary of any bird. Talk about a smart bird!!
The ability to talk is one of the most common reasons people want a pet parrot. The idea of a pet that can talk back when you talk to it is down right fascinating. Its no wonder these feathered friends make the list as the third most popular pet. However not every parrot is like Puck. All parrots are capable of some kind of mimicry, but only about 10% of parrots ever develop a vocabulary, and only a handful of those birds ever develop large vocabularies. Many parrots only mimic sounds, such as the doorbell or your cell phone. Never buy a parrot with the expectation that it will definitely talk.
So what birds are more likely to talk ? While no birds are guranteed talkers, here are a few parrot breeds that are known for their talking ability.
- African Greys
- Blue Fronted Amazons
- Double Yellow-Headed Amazons
- Rock Pebblers
- Yellow Fronted Amazons
- Yellow-Naped Amazons