My Parrot Is Not Making Any Sound

Help! My parrot isn’t making any noise! 

Parrots are amazing birds, and if you happen to have one as a pet, there is no doubt that you would love to hear its chirping and squawking. 

Sometimes your parrot may just start to scream for no reason! If your parrot does this you might want to check out my article – Why does my parrot keep screaming?

If your parrot suddenly goes silent, it can be really scary and confusing.

You may be wondering what has happened to your bird. 

When a bird is in good health, it should be making sounds.

If your parrot isn’t making any sound, there could be a number of different reasons for this occurrence. 

For example, if the bird is a baby that has yet to start vocalizing or an older bird in its last stages of life, the lack of vocalizations may not necessarily indicate a problem. 

However, when you see other behaviors such as lethargy and weight loss, there may be something wrong.

In this blog post, we will be sharing some possible reasons why your parrot might not be making any noise, along with some other important things you need to know. 

Here’s what we’re going to talk about 

  • What Sound Does A Parrot Make?
  • Why Is My Parrot Not Making Any Sounds?
  • It’s an Age Thing
  • Your Parrot Isn’t Feeling Well.
  • Overwhelming changes
  • Other Reasons
  • How To Find The Solution For No Vocalization
  • The Importance Of Sound In A Bird’s Life

Sound good?

Let’s get started!

What Sound Does A Parrot Make?

In its early life, a parrot will squawk and bark. 

As the bird gets older, its vocalizations may change in form and become quieter. 

From an evolutionary point of view, a parrot’s vocalizations are perfect for protecting its territory from other birds who might want to eat the parrot. 

So, if you hear your parrot squawk, this is normal and quite healthy for your parrot.

You can hear some other parrot noises in this video: 

Sometimes, parrots might be quiet because they are too quiet. 

This is a serious problem. 

Hearing and speaking are vital needs for parrots. 

In a quiet environment, it might be harder for them to communicate. 

If you can’t hear any sound from your parrot, try speaking to it, using a high-pitched tone to make it alert.

If you are concerned the best thing to do is take your parrot to the avian vet just to make sure everything is okay!

Why Is My Parrot Not Making Any Sounds?

Of course, we all love our parrots, and we all want them to be healthy and happy! 

But just because we want them to be happy doesn’t mean that they should not be getting any exercise. 

Your parrot needs to be active to stay healthy. 

If your bird is not chirping or squawking, something could be wrong.

Something could be hurting them, or you could be upsetting them.

Again, I would advise to you take your parrot to the vets just to make sure they are okay 

It’s better to be safe than sorry!  

It’s An Age Thing

It is essential to understand that each parrot is unique, and they will make different sounds.

As a general rule of thumb, it is normal for young birds to start making noises around six months or older.

If your parrot is between 6 months and a year of age, they may have not yet start to vocalize.

Instead, they may have stopped all vocalizing.

There could be several reasons for this.

The most common one would be that your parrot is an elderly bird.

It might not have the ability to make any sounds. 

They might have lost their hearing.

Or it could be that they simply have become quite lazy and don’t want to talk.

Your Parrot Isn’t Feeling Well.

Sometimes if a parrot is not feeling well, it will stop all of its usual activities. 

One of the most obvious of these is the production of sound. 

If this is the case, a bird that cannot produce noise can sound quite unhappy and will no longer make any noises.

A trip to the vet is very important if your parrot is not feeling too well

Overwhelming Changes

Changes can stress anyone out; your parrot is no exception. 

I mean I can get stressed out when there is changes! (I hate change and love living in my comfort zone!)

This can be due to a change in your parrot’s diet or the lack of fresh air and sunshine.

It could also be due to moving to another house or area. 

But, in most cases, this is just a natural process.

If your parrot is still able to walk and feed itself, it is likely that it is just taking a little time to get used to its new environment.

Other Reasons

In some instances, however, your parrot may have fallen from a height, which could be a cause for concern.

If this is the case, you may need to seek medical advice immediately.

Also, if your parrot can still make sound, you may need to take a closer look at the cage.

This may be because there has been an injury or an accident.

How To Find The Solution For No Vocalization

To address the problem, we need first to be able to diagnose it. 

So, finding why your feathered friend has gone silent is key. 

  • If you see that your bird’s beak is clamped shut or unable to move its wings, it can be a sign that your bird is having trouble swallowing. An infection in its mouth, or difficulty swallowing, can be the problem. 
  • To help diagnose the issue, get a taste of the food in your bird’s mouth. If the food comes easily or without difficulty, you can be confident that there is a health problem with your bird’s throat. 

If you are not able to determine what the problem is, or if your bird is in the latter stages of life, we recommend that you have your pet’s vet check out the bird. 

If you think it’s serious, than it would be better you take your parrot to the vets first rather than you trying to diagnose it

The Importance Of Sound In A Bird’s Life

Birds that haven’t learned to make noises normally stay silent and don’t make a sound unless you break it. 

Sometimes these birds can’t make any sound at all because of pain or illness.  

However, it’s not always the case, and a parrot can have a very complex sound system. 

My parrot was totally silent.

It’s not unusual for birds to go mute or show signs of non-communication, but you should still have them checked over by a vet if you have a quiet bird. 

It’s difficult to diagnose an underlying illness or injury without the bird being able to vocalize.

Here’s a related article you may find interesting – My new parrot is very quiet 

Final Words 

There are times when your parrot may just be very comfortable and enjoy not talking! 

You can help it to stay comfortable by leaving it alone. 

You can also try opening the cage door and watching it to see if the parrot will react.

If it does, it is almost always the case that the bird is happy and safe with it being alone.

Other possibilities of why the parrot is silent include:

  • You have the cage closed to keep the bird quiet while you are not home
  • You have your parrot confined too much
  • Your parrot has a habit of squeaking excessively while its cage is closed
  • Your bird is parrot-ting (eats its cage)
  • Your parrot doesn’t like to sit on your hand
  • Your bird is getting too old and likes to show its age by no longer squeaking

As mentioned – It’s always best to take your parrot to the vets if your parrot has been quiet for too long

If you think it’s not right for your birdie to be too quiet it’s best to get your parrot checked out just to make sure it’s nothing medical related


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