What Kinds of Sounds Do Parrots Make?

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Depending on the species, a parrot can make a variety of sounds, including a screaming squawk, chirps, human words, kissing sounds and nearly any other sound the master mimic hears. Parrots are highly social creatures that screech, whistle and make other noises to get the attention of their owner.

The hundreds of species of parrots each have a distinct natural call, most of which sound like typical bird chirps. Parrots in captivity begin to talk with training from youth. A good relationship, patience and repetition make talking more likely. Other non-birdlike sounds also develop from a parrot’s repeated exposure to the sound.