Are Green Cheek Conures Loud? – The Truth About Their (Loud) Cries

Are Green Cheek Conures Loud
Are Green Cheek Conures Loud?

Green cheek conures are not known for being particularly quiet birds. But are green cheek conures loud? 

If you’re considering getting a green cheek conure as a pet, you might wonder just how loud these little birds can be. After all, you don’t want to bring home a pet that will keep everyone in the house up all night, right? 

Before getting a green cheek conure, it is a good idea to research as much as possible and understand the type of bird that a green cheek conure parrot is.

Are they as loud as to decide against getting one because of the level of noisiness they produce?

This article will explain how I experience the noisiness of the conure, how do my neighbors experience it and how did our apartment sounds change in general.

So why do green cheek conures make so much noise? And when do they tend to be the loudest?

This is what we will discuss next!

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    Are Green Cheek Conures Loud?

    The short answer is: it depends. 

    Green cheek conures are technically considered to be “medium” sized birds, which means they can make more noise than smaller birds like finches, canaries, or budgies. However, they’re not as loud as some of the larger parrots out there, like macaws or cockatiels. 

    Of course, even within these broad categories, there can be a lot of variation. Some green cheek conures are relatively quiet, while others can be pretty loud. It depends on the individual bird’s personality.

    Reasons Why Green Cheek Conures Get Loud

    There are a few reasons why green cheek conures may be more vocal than other types of birds. 

    Social Birds Who Live In Flocks In The Wild

    Green-cheeked conures are social creatures that enjoy being around others (birds and humans), so they may vocalize more when they feel like they’re not getting enough attention, when they feel lonely or left out.

    When my bird hears other birds outside flying by, or even bird sounds on the TV, he will start screaming! When the birds’ flock is nearby he will simply not hesitate in letting them know he is around as well and that he would like to join the fun.

    Curious And Active Birds

    Additionally, green cheek conures are known for being highly curious and active, so they may make more noise when they’re exploring their surroundings or trying to get attention. 

    However, I noticed that my bird gets a lot less active in the colder months of the year. Yet, that does not prevent him from making loud noises throughout the day πŸ™‚ 


    Stress And Anxiety In Birds

    Finally, green cheek conures may also become more vocal when they’re feeling stressed or anxious, so it’s important to create a calm and relaxed environment in order to keep them quiet.

    My green cheek for example would get really stressed if I leave the room and leave him behind (by closing the door). He would then start screaming and demanding that I take him with me, even if I just go to the bathroom.

    Additionally, if he would like to relax and sit in silence and nap, he expects perfect silence in the house as well! If I decide to start cooking for example, or even worse, use the vacuum cleaner, he will let me know, from the power of all his lungs, how unhappy that makes him!

    When Do Green Cheek Conures Get The Loudest?

    As far as when green cheek conures tend to be the loudest, there are a few key times you can expect them to make more noise than usual. 

    In the morning, for example, green cheek conures may greet the day with a hearty round of chirping and squawking. 

    Every morning when I uncover the cage, there is an immediate screaming which lasts for a few minutes, until distracted with breakfast. 

    Similarly, green cheek conures may also get chatty in the evening as they settle down for the night. However, the chattiness is rather cute and bubbly and not necessarily loud.

    Additionally, green cheek conures may become more vocal during breeding season or when they’re molting.

    How does our apartment sound since we got the parrot?

    • What to expect when you have a parrot?

    Me and my partner are proud green cheeked bird owners for the past three years, with whom we live in a small apartment. Just to be clear, our apartment is small, but our bird’s cage is pretty big!

    Since we have our parrot, a lot of things have changed. We are cleaning way more than before, we cannot simply open the windows or balcony doors, we have changed our cookware to ceramic one and we make sure the bird is nowhere nearby when we use deodorants, hair sprays or other beauty products.

    However, the biggest change we experienced is that our apartment became more lively and filled up with bird sounds. Our green cheek conure parrot makes his first sounds even before his cage cover goes off and until the moment he is back in the cage for his night sleep.

    • Are all the sounds a green cheeked parrot makes the same?

    He has various types of sounds, from the very quiet, sweet beeps and squeaks to pretty loud and panicked screams.

    Are Green Cheek Conures Loud - Happy Green Cheek Conure Parrot
    Happy Green Cheek Conure Parrot

    Usually, he makes the quiet sounds when he is content or when we scratch his head. Most of the times, there is a reason for screaming sounds: either he panics when we leave the room (and he is left behind), or when he is hungry, or when the music or television is too loud for him and he cannot nap.

    The vast majority of times we are able to tell the reason our bird complaints. Sometimes however, he would just have screaming moments. Those are the moments that I think he is simply bored and I give him his toy balls or I start playing with him.

    Learn To β€˜Read’ Your Bird

    Before getting a green cheek conure, we have done plenty of research, including whether they are loud birds.

    At the time I found that green cheek conures are among the quietest of all conures. I have therefore decided, that for my small apartment with plenty of neighbors around, a green cheek conure would be a suitable bird.

    In time I realised that my bird was not always quiet. However, I was usually able to tell why he would scream.

    Up to this day (3 years later) he screams for one of the following reasons: he is hungry, he wants silence, he is tired, he is left behind (on his own), he heard a bird outside or on TV or on my phone, he is bored.

    Once I have observed my bird enough, I learned to recognise these reasons and address them. 

    Bottom line is, our pet birds need our attention, need us to play with them and cuddle them. Our birds are a huge responsibility, just like a human toddler is. Except the bird is like a toddler who does not grow up for 15-30 years.



    How Loud Are Green Cheek Conures?

    Generally speaking, green cheeked conures are not as loud as some of their larger parrot cousins. They’re certainly not going to shatter any windows with their screeching, but they can be quite vocal. 

    Many people who own green cheek conures say that they even make excellent pets for families with small children because they’re not so loud as to be disruptive or annoying. 

    However, it’s important to keep in mind that every bird is an individual, and some green cheek conures may be more vocal than others. 

    Apart from their personalities, it is important to provide good care to our pet birds. The sufficient sleeping time during the night (10-12 hours per night), a healthy diet (focused on pellets, fresh vegetables, and fruit), and plenty of attention and play time will contribute to your conure being content.


    Here is a video of my bird complaining and making upset sounds at the loud noises in the house:

    How loud is a Green Cheek Conure compared to a Budgie and a Sun Conure?

    A while back I used to own budgies. Although they are very talkative birdies, their squeaks and screams would not be very loud. They were certainly noisy and would keep mumbling the whole day.

    According to this source, a budgie is among the quietest type of parrots, with a noise level of 68 decibels. For comparison, the sound of a normal conversation level is between 60 and 70 decibels.

    On the other hand, the sun conure is placed among the loudest types of parrots at 120 decibels. That level of sound can be compared to a rock concert.

    Although I cannot measure the noise level that my green cheeked conure makes, I can certainly tell he is much louder than a budgie and quieter than a sun conure. Before we got our parrot, we were considering to get a sun conure as our pet parrot. However, hearing how loud his noises were, we decided upon a quieter option: a green cheek conure parrot.

    Are Green Cheek Conures Loud - Green Cheek Conure Napping
    Green Cheek Conure Napping

    While doing my research, I found some sources placing the green cheeked conures at 10 decibels lower than a sun conure, others at much lower than that. I would then conclude, in terms of decibels, a green cheeked conure would be placed at around 100-110 decibels.

    How many complaints have we received from our neighbors regarding our green cheek conure?

    Our parrot is acknowledging everybody who passes the communal hallway of our floor. Therefore, all the neighbors passing by have heard and acknowledged him as well.

    However, we have received no complaints from any neighbor regarding noise levels.

    I believe that most of the times, our parrot has a reason to scream at its loudest. Once ‘the problem is solved’ our bird calms down as well. That allows a happy humans and conure co-habitation in a block of flats.

    How loud is my conure while working from home?

    Working from home and the current pandemic situation has challenged our working arrangements but tightened the connection with our parrot.

    Our green cheek just loved having everybody at home, spending most of the day on the shoulders of his favorite humans and just having a full house for the most time of the past years.

    However, our bird is sensitive to loud noises that do not allow him to nap. Because of that, most of the times, during my work calls, he would start complaining and would squeak louder than me, to make sure I hear his discontent.

    This way, he made himself known to all of my work colleagues and managed to participate in almost all of my calls. Not mentioning the supervision I get when working in silence on my tasks.

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    Overall, green cheek conures are relatively noisy birds that enjoy being vocal. Yet green cheeked conures make great pets for families with small children. They’re not as loud as some other pet birds, and they have fun personalities that will keep the whole family entertained.

    Are green cheek conures loud? The answer is β€”it just depends on the individual bird’s personality.

    Although 100-110 decibels sounds very loud, these levels of sound are reached when the bird is in a panic or perceived danger situation. Most of the times however, a content and happy parrot would make quiet to normal sound levels.

    With that being said, if you are looking for a relatively quiet and small parrot, that is friendly and social and which can easily adapt to smaller living arrangements (like a small apartment), look no further.

    The green cheek conure parrot might be just the answer you were looking for!

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    6 thoughts on “Are Green Cheek Conures Loud? – The Truth About Their (Loud) Cries

    1. Hi Tatiana,

      So my sister had a Green Cheek Conure maybe about 15 years ago. She only had it for about a year before it died sadly but from what I remember it could make a bit of a racket but mostly this was when he was playing.

      He also used to get quite noisy when he was not let out of his cage because I think sometimes she used to get a bit frustrated with him as he could be a bit naughty but I think she finally did get over this phase. Wasn’t really fair keeping him in there for too long. At least she did realize that but definitely, they do need a lot of attention and like you say if you can keep them happy, they aren’t really too much trouble at all. Kind of like any pet really.

      Also funny you say about your parrot whistling to the other birds outside. My other sister had a budgie recently that would always fly onto the handle on the window and start whistling to the birds in the garden. Quite funny really as sure the other birds you could hear whistling back.

      I think another thing is if you get a few of these birds together they can make the right racket. When I went to Barcelona a few years back the wild parrots over there up in the trees you could hear all the way down the road. Funny really because people over there and in some other countries if they’ve got a nest of parrots in their garden will know about it lol

      1. Hi Alex and thank you for your thoughts.
        Parrots and parakeets are certainly a lot of work but at the same time so much fun! They all have their own personalities and demand things at time. The best way to look at this is thinking of a bird as a toddler: they can walk (fly) and talk a bit but mostly they are children and want to play and be paid attention to.
        I remember the parrots from Barcelona! Have seen them too when I was there. Those are wild quaker parrots (monk parakeets). I fed them with peanuts at the time. Specifically bought some so I can feed them so they could come closer. They were just on the ground in the grass.
        We live in Amsterdam together with my bird. In the parks in the middle of the city we also have wild parrots. They are indian ring necks. If one of them would fly by our house (which happens quite frequently, as we live close to one of the parks) my bird with call for the flock to join them.
        Overall the house has definitely become more loud and more lively with our newest feathered baby πŸ™‚

    2. Hi Tatiana. Thanks for this lovely reminder how loud the green cheek conures can be. It’s very interesting to see that you already know your bird’s needs completely according to his screams. Fascinating. Would you recommend have one at home while I travel regularly ?

      1. Hi Julius,
        Thank you for your thoughts.
        Birds are like toddles, you learn to ‘read’ them by their sounds and body language πŸ™‚
        The answer to your question would be: it depends!
        As part of their care routine, our birds need human attention and play time outside of their cages.
        If they can get that while you are away then I would certainly recommend getting a bird.
        If, however, there is nobody else living in the same household to take cate of the parrot, I would suggest postponing this decision until you are able to offer a stable home for your (future) feathered friend.


    3. Hi Tatiana
      I find your post quite interesting and engaging.
      And your green cheek conure looks so cute.
      I have never seen one before and cannot tell the difference, and I thought all parrots are the same.
      It would be nice to have one around, but first, we might need to find out if there’s any governing law in that regard.
      Thank you.

      1. Hi Muslimah,

        Thank you for your thoughts.
        Indeed a lot goes into choosing the right parrot based on your living situation. See for example my experience in how I have decided what pet parrot to get. Part of that research is of course realising and trying to understand how loud your future pet bird is and whether that is a good idea given your current neighbours πŸ™‚


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