Being a bird-parent for a long time now, I have interacted with many people who have bought birds but have trouble with their constant chirping and singing.
While bird calls are pleasing to hear in the wild or in your garden, some people can not handle them all day,
I faced a similar situation with my budgies a few years ago. I lived in a small house and found the constant vocalization of my budgies wasn’t letting me work. Budgies are generally considered quiet birds, so I was confused.
I decided to pay close attention to the budgie calls and what they were telling me and this gave me an insight into their mood and needs.
With a few tweaks like making less noise at night and giving my birds some toys, I was able to stop their agitation and restlessness.
Why are my budgies so loud? Are pet budgies loud naturally?
Budgies are naturally bubbly birds. They love to chirp and make a variety of noises to express how they feel and to communicate with others.
Though they chirp and chatter quite a lot, they are still considered among the quietest species of pet birds.
If you feel your budgie is too loud, your bird is either unusually communicative, or it is facing some kind of distress. Either way, it is a good idea to figure out why your budgie is so loud. Oftentimes, you may be able to diagnose the issue and fix it easily.
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Why do my budgie’s sounds mean?
Since they are expressive birds, budgies usually express themselves with their chirping, singing, and chattering. There are some common sounds which you may hear from your budgies. Here is a small list of them and what they signify.
|Singing||Singing is characterized by high-pitched trilling and chirping. This means your budgie is content.|
|Clicking and chirping||Budgies make these sounds when they are happy.|
|Chattering||This is probably what you’ll hear most often from your budgie. It means that your bird is feeling good.|
|Beak grinding||It kind of sounds like something scratching and grinding, you’ll hear this sound when your budgie is content and also when it is about to fall asleep.|
|Hissing||If you hear your budgies make a loud hissing sound, it means aggression/anger. It will usually be accompanied by raised wings, open beaks, and defensive pecking.|
|Loud Squawking||Persistent and loud calls mean that your budgie is either frightened or annoyed.|
|Flock Call||This takes the form of loud squawks and may sound like a person whistling. Budgies give this call when they are calling to their peers or even human owners.|
Are budgies louder than cockatiels?
Yes, budgies are louder than cockatiels. Both cockatiels and budgies are species of parrots and are relatively quiet birds. Both species are popular with people who live in apartments and prefer quiet.
However, both species have playful birds and these birds are a little louder than others. But these two are not very demanding. Both species are intelligent and can be trained to talk and behave in certain ways.
Also, female birds tend to be quieter than male birds.
How loud are budgies in decibels?
Budgie chirps and whistles are usually around 65-70 decibels. The loudest calls can read 111-112 decibels.
Are budgies too loud for apartments?
All birds are bound to make some noise. However, some birds are noisier than others. Budgies are among the quietest birds, following cockatiels.
Budgies love to chirp and sing but they are not very loud. If you keep the door closed, you probably won’t even be able to hear them from the next room.
In short, budgies are perfectly suited for small living spaces like apartments and for people who prefer some peace and quiet. However, if you want absolute silence, you should consider not keeping a bird at all.
Are budgies loud in the morning or at night?
In the wild, budgies play, feed, mate, and socialize during the day and sleep at night. They tend to follow this natural pattern in captivity as well. In the wild, budgies wake up at dawn and fall asleep as soon as dusk falls.
In homes, budgies will follow the same pattern if the conditions allow them to.
So, they are louder during the day, when it is light in your room and outside. If you turn off the lights at night and don’t make any loud noises, your budgies will sleep calmly.
If you make any noises or keep lights on, your budgies will stay awake and make noises.
How to keep my budgies quiet.
Get your budgie a companion.
Budgies are extremely social birds. They love to stay in groups. If your budgie is alone and makes loud squawking calls often, it is possible it is lonely. Getting your bird a companion may help reduce the frequent ‘flock calls’.
Don’t scream at your bird.
Bird owners sometimes scold their birds for chirping and singing loudly. This frightens the bird and causes it to make even louder calls and makes the problem even worse.
The bird may even find that the frequent shouting is some sort of game and might start enjoying it. Your budgie will learn that its constant chirping will lead to your shouts and will provoke you for the same.
Reward good behavior.
Positive reinforcement works wonders. If you find your bird quiet at any time, or busy with its own activities, try rewarding it. The reward can take the form of a small treat, spending some time with your bird, or some time outside the cage.
Budgies are intelligent birds and have the capacity to learn certain types of behavior and even some words from humans. Engaging them in periodic training will provide much-needed mental stimulation and keep them busy.
Give them toys.
This is another way to provide your budgies with much-needed mental stimulation. Toys do not have to be very complicated. They can be as simple as bits of rope, little swings, balls, bells, or anything else that safe, swallow-proof, and new.
How to keep my budgie quiet at night?
Find a quiet place for them.
If you are a person who likes to play loud music at night or if your room tends to be noisy at night, it will be better to find them a new room to sleep in. Keeping your room quiet for 10-12 hours may be difficult but finding such a place for your birds will keep them quiet at night and well-rested too.
Cover the cage.
Budgies fall asleep when it’s dark. Keeping their cage covered with a cloth will ensure that no light enters the cage and your budgies will be able to sleep. If you do this, you will be able to leave the lights on in your room while your budgies stay quiet and asleep.
Ensure they have perches to sleep on.
Budgies need proper perches in their cage to sleep on. If they don’t have enough perches, they will not be able to sleep properly.
Are budgies scared of loud noises?
Yes, budgies are scared of loud noises. Loud noises will startle budgies and they will fly into a state of panic, zooming around in the cage and make loud noises of fear.
If budgies are woken up in the middle of the night by a loud noise, they may go into a severe state of shock which may even result in their death.
Is it cruel to play budgie sounds to a budgie?
I would recommend not playing budgie sounds to your pet bird. If you think your pet budgie is lonely, you may have considered playing budgie sounds to help it. But the effect is often the contrary of what you would expect.
Budgies will get excited when they hear the sounds, thinking that they have peers nearby but will get distressed when unable to find these friends. They will probably call out and respond to these noises. Overall, this will be a very noisy process.
A better alternative is playing them calming nature sounds or simply talking to them yourself. Even flocking calls of other birds will work for this purpose.
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Budgies are not noisy birds. They are intelligent and quiet birds that can even be trained to talk and behave in certain ways according to your needs. The females of the species tend to be quieter than the males.
These birds though quite vocal are perfectly suited to small spaces like apartments and won’t disturb you if you give them a good play to stay, some mental stimulation, and a good routine.