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5 Conure Bird Sounds and Their Meanings (with Audio)

Nicole Cosgrove

Conures are beautiful little parrots that are known to be social, playful, and inquisitive and love to be as close to their human owners as possible. They are native to South America, where they live in small flocks. There are several different species of Conure, with the green-cheeked Conure being the most popular bird kept as pets.

Conures can certainly make a racket when they choose to but are generally quieter than other parrot species, making them popular pets for apartment living. Still, they have unique vocalizations, and you can get to know your Conure’s needs better when you have a keener understanding of their vocalizations.

In this article, we’ll look at five common Conure sounds and what they mean. Let’s get started!


1. Chirps

Chirping is the most common sound that you’ll hear from a Conure, and it can have a wide variety of meanings, from greetings to fear. In general, constant chirping is the sound of a happy and content Conure, though, and they can often be heard happily chirping all on their own. Conures will chirp in excitement and happiness when seeing their owner or in frustration when you leave the room.

As you get to know your Conure better, you’ll get to know the slight variations in chirping and body language and quickly be able to tell whether they are happy or distressed — context is vital when it comes to a Conure’s chirping.

2. Quack

Many Conure owners describe this sound as “grinding,” “purring,” or “grunting,” and it is a low, quacking sound that you’ll hear if your Conure is under any mild distress. While this is not a noise that they make from fear, there is usually something that they’re not happy with. However, context is again important, as many owners describe their bird making this sound while eating or preening themselves and or when drifting off to sleep.

3. Scream

This is not a sound that you ever want to hear from your bird; Conures will let out a deafening scream when in extreme distress or fear. This is usually accompanied by rapid wing flapping and can be caused by several factors. Conures in captivity do not have many things to be afraid of in general, but the sudden presence of a cat, dog, or even a benign object that they’re not used to may cause them to go into a panic.

While extreme fear is typically the cause of a Conure scream, they are also known to scream when bored, albeit not as loudly. The scream is raspier and more low-pitched, but loud nonetheless. This is a call for interaction, and your Conure is clearly bored and needs stimulation and play from their owner.

4. Whistle

Conures in the wild are social animals that live in flocks, and they use various whistles to communicate with one another. You’ll often hear a Conure whistle when their owner leaves the room, and this is an attempt at communicating with them and checking if all is well. This is a great way to bond with your bird, and when they whistle, try whistling back or reply with a phrase that you want them to learn. Your Conure will love it!

5. Talking

Conures are not known for their speaking abilities, and in fact, many bird owners choose Conures due to their relatively quiet nature compared to other parrots. That said, they can learn to mimic a dozen or so words with a bit of time and training. You’re likely to overhear your Conure softly talking to themselves in another room, and this often a sign of contentment and happiness. Likewise, when your Conure mimics you or answers back to you, they are typically happy and at ease.


Final thoughts

In general, Conures are fairly quiet birds, though every individual is unique and different. Some may be far more vocal or noisy than others. The sounds on this list are just a general outline of what you are likely to hear from your bird. That said, these sounds provide a good basic outline of the vocalizations that Conures are capable of and may help you get to know your feathered friend a bit better.

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Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.