Why Does My Parakeet Chirp While Sleeping?

Parakeets chirp while sleeping for several reasons.

However, the majority of the time, they do it as a means to send out signals and communicate with their flock mates. 

Nighttime is the calmest and driest time of the day which enables parakeets’ voices to travel the far places, giving their voices better range. 

The sounds they make may appear as noises to us, but they are a way to broadcast to fellow birds and animals in their clans about their wants and needs. 

Why Does My Bird Chirp While Sleeping? (In detail) 

Why do birds chirp at night? Don’t they need rest and sleep from all day’s flying, chirping, and chewing? 

These questions may linger at the back of your head, especially if you are a noob parrot owner.

Please know that bird chirping is as normal as humans snoring in their sleep. 

Now, we understand that the undesirable nocturnal vocalizations (that’s what the birds chirping is called in technical language) interrupt your sleep and make you less energetic for the next day. 

But before you throw your pillow at your feathered friend or take them to a veterinarian to fix their night chirping, we highly recommend you to read on. 

We will explain to you the reasons behind all the nighttime and general chirping that interrupts your daily errands and sleep at night, hoping it may help you contain your frustration. 

Without any further ado, let’s delve right into the reasons! 

Claiming Territory

Parakeets are extremely possessive when it comes to their territory.

After being familiarized with their new home, they identify their cage as a safe and comfortable zone and hang on it for as long as they could. 

They softly chirp and sometimes squeak, to tell everyone that the territory belongs to them. 

They don’t like it when someone enters their space, whether it be you or a fellow budgie.

While you go near them out of love, and add a new parrot to give them company, they get intimidated and show aggressive reactions such as wing flapping or squeaking. 


Parakeets are born foodies! 

They can binge-eat their favorite snacks all day!

Parakeets chirp out of excitement when they are served their favorite snacks.

They make noises to let their flock mates know that the food is here.

Sometimes they squeak to fight their flock mates and get the hold of the food. 

Parakeets often softly chirp in their sleep after a heavy and satisfying meal which is a good sign as it denotes that your feathered friend is happy and satisfied. 

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When parakeets sense danger, they make high-pitched sounds to scare predators away and alert their owners. 

Unknown noises and steps approaching towards the cage make the birds uncomfortable and distressed and they start screaming to the top of their voices. 

Some birds are often seen whining in their sleep.

This is probably because they are experiencing a bad dream. 


Not all birds are nocturnal birds, and so they easily become disoriented, and as a result, chirp and scream throughout the night.  

But it’s not the birds’ fault.

If anyone is to blame, it’s the light pollution. 

The urban street lights confuse the parrots and make it difficult for them to differentiate artificial illumination from natural daylight. 

The best way to avoid this is to cover your birds’ cage during the nighttime and ensure no street light reaches their cage. 

Baby Birds

New-born birds need constant care and attention!

Like a human baby wakes up several times during the night, the same is the case with the hatchlings!

They wake their mothers for food or simply to get their attention.

Mother birds spend the majority of the time foraging for food.

The soft chirps of the baby birds tell them to come back to the nest and comfort their little ones. 

Song Practice

Parakeets, especially newborns, often make noises to practice and perfect their bird calls. 

Nocturnal baby birds imitate the voices of their parents and practice them several times during the night so they easily communicate with each other. 

Learning these sounds is essential for their survival.

These sounds help birds to converse with flock mates, claim territories and scare away potential threats. 

Do Birds Make Noise In Their Sleep?

Yes, they do and it’s pretty normal. 

Birds often whine, sometimes riotously squeak, to communicate with their flock mates, to ask for food, to seek the attention of their mother parrots, or simply to warn intruders (which includes you as well by the way) to stay away. 

So, if you ever find your feathered friend whining in the middle of the night for no apparent reason, let them do it and don’t bother them. 

If you go near them, they may feel intimidated and hysterically flap their wings and hurt themselves. 

Why Do Parakeets Talk While Sleeping?

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Parakeets talk while sleeping for several reasons. 

While some veterinarians and parakeet owners say they do it as a defense mechanism, others think they are dreaming. 

Parakeets chirp while they are sleeping to kind of warn the predators to stay away.

Now there may be no predators in your house except if you have a cat or a dog in the house.

If that’s the case, your feathered friend may do it several times during the night, and it’s okay. 

Parakeets are often seen talking in their sleep, just like we do.

A parrot owner once said she saw her pet parrot practicing English words in her sleep.

Another parrot owner said she saw her parrot softy chirping her name while sleeping.

Pretty cute right?

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