Parakeets are, arguably, one of the most sought-after parrot species today, and for good reason. They’re bright in more ways than one and they’re phenomenal pets. But the key to living a harmonious life with our feathery friends is understanding all the different sounds and noises that they make. Today, we’re going to break them all down for you, and show you the meaning behind the melody.
One of the most important things all parakeet owners need to learn is the distinction between happy and unhappy tweets. The former is one of the species’ go-to sounds, and they’ll let it out every chance they get. Throughout the day, parakeets will tweet once a while, mostly to let us know that they’re still there and that they’re feeling good.
On the other hand, any unhappy tweet or a chirrup is usually much louder and lasts longer than the happy counterpart. With it, our beautiful budgies are trying to let us know that they’re experiencing a problem, and need our help.
Chirping is definitely a happy sound and one that most parakeet owners love hearing. It can definitely take up different tunes and melodies, and go from a cool, mellow song to some high-pitched vocals.
Since it’s one of the most common sounds, it might also mean that it’s time to refill their food or water dishes. Also, if a parakeet is chirping every time we walk into a room, it might mean that it’s lonely and needs company.
Even though they’re not songbirds, parakeets can let out some noises that sound delightful to our ears. It could be chirping, whistling, chattering, snippets of human speech, or even a combination of some. When our parakeets are “singing” that means that they’re really happy, and feeling good.
Chattering is another sound for the happy category, and it means that our birds are content. During chattering, parakeets will usually start repeating the words that they’ve learned from us, and they’ll do it for a while. Also, they’ll probably sit still, fully relaxed, and with their feathers somewhat fluffed to show just how chill they are.
5. Beak Grinding
Albeit unusual, beak grinding is something many parakeets do when they’re feeling good. They often do it while they’re eating or gritting, and it just shows that they’re relaxed and content. Essentially, it’s the equivalent of a cat’s purr.
A squawking parakeet is probably one of the worst noises to hear. It’s not only upsetting to us, but it can also disturb other animals and birds in the vicinity.
Squawking is a dead giveaway that something’s gone awry, and we need to act on it right away. Usually, budgies will let out this sound when they’re afraid, have been injured, or have seen/imagined a predator.
Hearing that awful tssssk sound from a parakeet means that things are deeply wrong. Hissing or chiding is honestly one of the most unpleasant things to hear as parakeet owners, and it’s one that we need to act up quickly.
When a bird chides, it usually means that something or someone is invading its personal space. Also, it’s a warning to back off and steer clear of the budgie.
Parakeets are incredible when it comes to picking up and mimicking noises they hear. Them imitating us or a baby wailing, for example, is all pretty normal, and it means that they’re happy.
With that said, budgies are generally pretty low-maintenance birds who only require a bit of space, food, water, and our company. Keeping them content shouldn’t be too hard, but we should always keep one eye (or ear) open for any strange noises.