Lovebirds can get loud when chirping, so much so that they can even be heard through multiple walls. Relative to other birds or parrots, lovebirds are far from the noisiest with an average decibel volume of 83 but, the high pitch noise they produce can leave your ear drums worse for wear.
Compared to dogs who bark at around 85 – 120 decibels or cats which are far quite purring around 25 decibels, these little chirpers are far from the loudest however, they do chirp a good more meaning, it’s less a matter of the lovebird being noisy over the the constant noise they produce.
When Are Lovebirds Most Noisy?
I’ve noticed that lovebirds tend be loudest throughout the morning hours, as they’re squeaking away to their partner, when singing or when trying to match the volume of the room (loud music, a TV show etc).
There are also other less pleasant reasons why they may get noisy, one reason being due to the passing of their mate whom they call out to at irregular times within the day or even at night and the other reason being due to fear.
As other birds tend to get up in the morning just as the sun rises, lovebirds will normally get up around this time too as the noise stimulation from others outside singing triggers them to make some noise to follow suit.
There are way to counteract this noisiness, one way includes covering the bird cage at night with a thicker cloth as it reduces the amount of noise that gets through.
Why Do Lovebirds Get Noisy?
It’s simply part of their nature to squeak at us and well, their natural chirping sounds are just designed to be loud. It’s also the way through which they communicate with us or in attempt to get their point across to others.
This could be to assert dominance over other birds or in attempt to protect their people, particularly their babies from other creatures. After all lovebirds are very territorial, even amongst their own therefore, they will get very noisy to tell who ever is messing with them to back off.
Are Lovebirds Noisy At Night?
I’ve owned lovebirds for over a year now and the only time they’ve been loud is when I went specifically to check in on them. They’re rarely if ever loud at night so, if that’s a major concern of yours, I’d say don’t be too fused about it, either way you can place a cloth over the cage to stop the noise from being too irritating at night if they do suddenly tweet at night.
Sometimes I’ve noticed them getting giddy just before they sleep but, they do sleep soon after. In most cases they sleep at night anyways as roughly 10 – 12 hours of sleep is required for a lovebird to remain in good health.
Occasionally they may take power naps within the day to catch on some sleep if they were perhaps awoken at night, possibly due to a noise or a light source nevertheless, noise at night is very uncommon based on my experience.
How Loud Can Lovebirds Get?
Lovebirds have very sharp and piercing shrieks, soundwaves that can very easily be heard through a few walls.
They’re definitely loud, among the louder shrieks from a bird that I’ve owned (the other was a female cockatiel that sadly passed almost a decade ago) and compared to the other bird, the two lovebirds I own now completely blow its volume out the water.
If we’re looking at it from a scientific point of view, the average lovebird chirps at around 83 decibel which If put into perspective isn’t much louder than the average lawn mover.
Being small means they obviously cannot be as loud as other avians where parrots like the electus, the rose-ringed parakeets both hit in excess of 110 decibel, which goes without saying is significantly louder than your average chirping lovebird.
Of course, these rosy cheeked parrots technically squeak much louder and I can attest to that too. That being said among the smaller parrots, lovebirds are up there in regards to volume.
Can You Teach Lovebirds To Be Less Noisy?
Chirping is just a natural part of a lovebirds every day routine so you can’t teach them to be quiet at all times but, there are a few actions you can take to minimise how often they’re noisy. The piercing squeak will still be around though, then again that’s what you signed up for.
1. Give Them More Attention
Often times your lovebird will get chirpy once you’re near its vicinity and when it’s just ready to play with you. They may chirp at you to play or asking for your attention. if you have time, you definitely should.
If you play with them, take them out of their cage to be around you, they won’t be as loud. After all this these tiny parrots may squeak more if they’re bored.
2. Give Them Toys To Play With
By giving them a toy this will occupy their time, which in turn will reduce the need for them to get extra loud as a result of boredom or if they just get irritated by the lack of attention or fun things to do.
3. Make Sure It’s Environment Is Less Noisy
If there’s an overstimulation of sound, whether from a TV, radio, loud speaking or even the chirping of other birds outside, a lovebird will likely join in and start chirping to keep up with the volume. The best way to decrease the amount of noise in would be to place the cage away from loud activities like this or to reduce the volume when watching TV etc.
You can also place a blanket over the cage to reduce the amount of sound that gets through, particularly if you don’t want your lovebird chirping at the break of dawn. I’ve found that a blanket covering the cage at night works quite well.
Lovebirds are a low – medium in regards to noise levels. They’re probably among the louder small parrots though with an average high pitch chirp that easily pierces through multiple wall.
Overall, this noise isn’t that bad. Unless you put your ear right next to the lovebird as its chirping away, it’s barely an annoyance as the chatting, singing or shrieking is far from a constant throughout the day and not present at all (in most cases) in the night.
If you’re looking to getting one of these beautiful little parrots, I personally don’t think a lovebirds noise should be the reason against getting one.
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Honestly these are NOT pets to be kept in an apartment. I personally don’t think that birds should have been domesticated (contrary to certain sources, humans are not the masters of the Earth) but that is another story. If you must have a lovebird for w/e reason, please keep in mind that not everyone likes to hear their yelling through the wall.