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The pionus, a genus of medium-sized parrots found throughout Latin America, doesn’t like to cuddle and is quiet enough to keep your neighbors happy.
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A native of the outback regions of inland Australian, the Cockatiel (Nymphicus hollandicus) can whistle, sing and mimic human speech.
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The Senegal Parrot (Poicephalus senegalus), whose habitat covers a wide swath of West Africa, grows to about 9 inches long and is not quite as noisy other parrot species.
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The Green-cheeked Parakeet (Pyrrhura molinae), a small parrot native to the forests of South America, can learn to talk and loves to be held.
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A popular medium-sized species from rainforests of West and Central Africa, the African Grey Parrot (Psittacus erithacus) has a gentle nature and a winning ability to mimic speech.
The Monk Parakeet, also known as the Quaker Parrot (Myiopsitta monachus), comes mainly from the subtropical areas of Argentina and has the ability to acquire a large vocabulary.
The small Maroon-bellied Conure (Pyrrhura frontalis), whose habitat ranges from southeastern Brazil to northeastern Argentina, is smart and easy to train but not particularly talkative.
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Although the Australian King Parrot (Alisterus scapularis), from eastern Australia, seldom talks and dislikes being handled, it will bond with humans and become a devoted pet.
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Common Pet Parakeets or Budgerigars — informally nicknamed "budgies" — come in a rainbow of colors, love to entertain themselves with toys and often become great talkers.
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