Annoyed by All the Sound Your Pet is Making? Get a Soundproof Bird Cage

I have always had an affinity for words, one that was sparked by a visit to the National Aviary in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Between the green-backed trogon, the scarlet-headed blackbird, and blue-winged mountain tanager all the way to the raucous Benito the hyacinth macaw and his roommate, Killer the green-winged macaw, I was in love and immediately strongly considered getting a bird for a pet when I got back home to Atlanta.

But boy, I got more than I bargained for.

Let’s get this out of the way: birds are stunning creatures, which can make for great pets. However, all the tweets, chirps or squawks can get real annoying, real quick for you and your neighbors.

I’m sure some of you have had the experience of being placed in the pressure cooker at work, tasked with needing to make a report that could possibly make or break your career. Now try doing that with a parrot saying “Polly want a cracker” every so often. I’d be lying if murder did not cross my mind at that point.

But before you entertain those thoughts, take a step back (in my case, I took a thousand steps back) and consider these steps to having a soundproof bird cage. Trust me, from my experience, it pays to reduce and minimize the sounds and noises emanating from the cage. It’s worth your sanity (and again in my case, MY JOB!) to take a look and seriously consider each one.

But before we get to those, I want to first give you a quick guide to the noisiest birds. This might come in a handy especially if you are considering getting a bird for a pet.

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  1. Which Birds are the Noisiest?
  2. How to Get a Soundproof Bird Cage
  3. The Bottom Line

Which Birds are the Noisiest?

The answers I am presenting in this section are very broad simply because there are many exceptions and different personalities in each species of bird. There are also varying noise tolerance levels for different types of people. If you have a very low noise tolerance level, you might consider wanting another kind of pet or a very quiet type of bird.

In this section, I have grouped as many as we can into three categories, beginning with the noisiest, all the way down to the quietest.

The Noisiest Birds

1) Most Cockatoos

In particular Moluccans, Tritons, Elenoras, Citrons, and even the smaller Cockatoos. Still, we are aware of many unobtrusive Cockatoos with calm personalities who have very devoted, patient owners.

2) Macaws

These can be very noisy in a different tone. Once again, there are variables such as how many Macaws, personality, and other elements.

3) Aratinga Conures Like Nandays, Sun Conures, and Jendays

These are known to be very raucous but often so beloved by their owners that they tolerate and learn to live with all the noise. Also, it is sensible to read bird behavior information to keep from “spoiling” these kinds of birds. It is also possible to train your bird to scream by your own misinterpretations of bird behavior.

Please note that this list is only a guide, and was compiled from the experiences of local pet shop owners as well as the own experiences of those that have healthy happy birds. Bear in mind that screaming behavior can occur in almost any breed, given the circumstances.

The Moderately Noisy Ones

1) Alexandrines

These birds are noisy at times but often only twice per day for a short period of time. They can be considered very noisy if these incidents occur more than once a day.

2) Amazons

These birds can be noisy but make up for it in that they are also very entertaining and chatty. They usually love to vocalize in general. They adore singing, laughing, and copying any sound they hear and like.

3) Hawkheads

They give out a very sharp loud cry, but again, rarely use it for extended periods of time. If you do have a Hawkhead, you will have to learn to tolerate this cry in your residence. A lot of pet owners find it is well worth it for their other wonderful traits.

4) Ringnecks

Smaller Ringnecks have the capacity to be loud, but for the most part, are not.

5) Lories

Although there are too many kinds to point out, generally speaking, they can be quite noisy especially when excited.

6) Eclectus Parrots

These are also oftentimes very quiet but when they do squawk, you would really know where it came from. An Eclectus with a screaming problem is very loud indeed.

7) Lovebirds, Cockatiels, Quakers, Budgies, and Parrotlets

These birds are usually considered moderate when talking about the noise level. However, in large groups, they can be deafening.

The Quieter Birds

1) African Greys

Although we know a few loud ones, African Greys are usually more chatty than noisy. They love to whistle, sing, and mimic every noise they hear, like that of water, phones, etc. Very few people have raised any noise concerns with their African Grey’s noise level. Once they learn and like to say something, they will repeat it over and over, especially when first learned.

2) Parrots

Parrots like Senagals, Meyers, Pionus, and Brownheads are some of the quietest breeds. But, take note there is the occasional exception.

3) Canaries

Canaries are beautiful singers, and Finches make adorable sounds. Few people are aggravated by these vocalizations.

The Five Loudest Parrot Species

While it’s a common fact that parrots can be very loud, it doesn’t keep people from picking them up as pets. It’s absolutely true that some species have a propensity for being a little bit louder than others. If you are wondering what types of parrots are the loudest of them all, then take a look at this list of the top five loudest parrot species.

Knowing this kind of information can come in very handy if you are looking to adopt a pet bird so that you can choose a species that will suit your lifestyle and your home.

1) Macaws

Macaws of all sizes are widely known to be among the most vocal parrots, and with good reason. In the wild, these birds can travel up to 500 miles in a single day, so they use their loud contact calls to keep in contact with their flockmates while they are on the move. If you are looking for a quiet bird to keep as a pet, then it’s best you consider another kind. While some Macaws are certainly quieter than others, all of them will emit a loud call from time to time.

2) Conures

While they are noticeably smaller than Macaws and many other kinds of parrots, Conures can be every bit as loud as their much larger cousins. These little guys can be discernible for up to a mile away or more when they scream at full capacity, and this can cause headaches for owners who prefer to have their home not sound like an aviary. Keep this in mind when looking for the best kind of bird for your lifestyle. While Conures are undoubtedly beautiful birds, their propensity for very loud vocalizations means that they aren’t the best fit for just anybody.

3) Cockatoos

Cockatoos, like Macaws, come in different shapes and sizes. However, these loving and affectionate birds are capable of generating ear-splitting vocalizations that not all owners will be fond of. In the wild, these vocalizations are essential for survival, allowing these birds to find their mates and alert other flock members to predators and other dangers. In captivity, however, many bird owners find the Cockatoo’s call to be a bit too much to deal with in a home setting. Before falling in love with a Cockatoo and bringing it home, it’s important to consider these issues.

4) Amazons

While they are noted for their talking abilities and clarity, Amazon Parrots have another less-heralded trick up their sleeves, they can produce shrill screams in frequencies that seem to cut right through human ears. If you’re looking for a pet bird but you don’t want to risk dealing with a screaming parrot the moment you step out from your bedroom, then an Amazon is definitely not for you.

5) African Greys

What parrot species is known to be the best talkers? If you thought of African Grey Parrots then you aren’t alone! Their popularity as pets has surged in the past few years, mostly due to seeing so many of these birds in the media performing extraordinary feats of speech. While those are genuine, what goes on “behind the scenes” often causes problems. While these are certainly among the most intelligent bird species, they can be very, very loud when they decide to be. Again, this fact speaks to how important a bird’s call is in the wild. Do your best to consider whether or not your family could deal with this sort of behavior before adopting an African Grey.

How to Get a Soundproof Bird Cage

Soundproof Bird Cage

1) Invest in an Acrylic Birdcage

This is one of the very first things that you should do to significantly lessen the impact of the sounds. Obviously, a birdcage has a lot of gaps that allows sound to just freely seep into your living space.

Plexiglass Cage

A great alternative worth checking out and is actually worth the is replacing your usual run-of-the-mill cage with an acrylic one also known as Plexiglass cage.

It is made from solid plastic-like material that substantially reduces noises. If you are worried about the bird not getting enough air, you’ll be happy to know that it contains some holes to help the bird breath and get some light.

A Plexiglass cage is transparent so your bird will be able to feel free and assured in it. These can come in handy especially you are the type to move around a lot and want to bring your pet with you so you really should consider picking one up.

2) Relocate the Cage

In dealing with noise, you should be aware that sound waves move and bounce around a lot and rapidly spread and escape any room. One thing you can do is to relocate the cage to the corner of the room, ideally next to your windows, to help contain and trap the sound into a small area.

Bird Cage Cover

3) Try Noise Reducing Cage Covers

One thing you can also do that has proven to be very effective is to utilize noise reducing cage covers. These are covers feature great sound absorbing properties and by covering the cage with it, you will considerably lower the noise levels coming from the cage.

These are remarkable especially at night because they block out the light coming through as well, and your bird is more likely to fall asleep, thus giving you peace and quiet.

Sound Dampening Curtains

4) Put Up Sound Dampening Curtains

We have already talked about transferring the cage next to the window, so it is crucial that you also install some sound dampening curtains to help absorb and prevent the sounds from going through the window.

These curtains are geared to help reduce noises and echoes. They are made from dense sound absorbing materials and are very effective at muffling sound and elegant to look at as well.

You also have a wide array of styles to choose from as they come in all different chic colors. What makes these curtains unique is the fact that they absorb a lot of sound waves and echoes. And best of all? They are pretty affordable too.

5) Cover the Cage with Blankets

This is a fine option to consider if you don’t have the resources to pick up any of the other suggestions on this list.

The golden rule here is to use thick blankets and create layers of it. It is crucial to note that if you decide on this DIY method, to leave enough space for ventilation or air to get in. Moving blankets work but this takes a lot of effort and it is not as effective as the other recommendations here.

Green Glue

6) Soundproof the Walls

Another thing you can do is to soundproof your walls. There are many, many ways to do this but by far the most effective one is to add an extra layer of drywall with the use of green glue. This is a bit expensive but worth it if you are living in your own house. If you are just renting space, then that might not be the best option. An option would be to cover the wall behind the bird’s cage with some acoustic foam panels.

7. Play White Noise Sounds

Now, this might not be the most ideal solution but playing white sounds is actually a lot better than hearing loud noises from your birds. What’s great about white noise music is that most sounds help set a peaceful and quiet environment, especially when sleep is hard to come by.

8. Let Your Neighbors Know About the Birds

Informing your neighbors and letting them know that you have a bird might save you from a lot of hassles and issues that might crop up. Most times, being polite enough to do this might lead them to become more lenient with the sounds emanating from your pet bird.

9. Try Training Your Bird to Be Quiet

Another thing you can do is to learn how to make your bird be good especially in the way of making too much noise. This will be tricky but birds are smart species and will eventually get the hang of it. There are a lot of bird training resources you can find online, make sure you read the reviews before pushing through with any.

The Bottom line

Having a pet bird can be a joy. They’re stunning to look at, fun to have around (especially if they learn not to be as noisy) and significantly more low maintenance than say, a dog or fishes.

But if you or your neighbors are really are particular about the sound and the level with which your pet is making them, then consider applying a combination of the recommendations above and see which one works best for you.

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