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Parrot Types – Which One Is Best For You?

There are so many choices, so little time.  That pretty much describes the variety of parrot types that you can choose from.  It becomes a matter of choice when it comes to the breed of parrot you want to adopt.  The term “parrot” is very general in that it can refer to the smallest parakeet to the largest macaw.  The number of breeds in between these two, come in all sizes, colors and exhibit different breed characteristics.  For the purpose of this article, I am going to cover some of the more popular breeds along with their most common attributes.

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10 Parrot Types your might want to consider!

There are 354 recognized parrot types. Biologists divide the parrot family into two families.  Cockatoo and True Parrots.  All parrots have a curved beak shape and the familiar “two toes” on the front and back foot.

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Budgie

Budgies, Parakeets: A member of the parrot family.  Originally discovered in Australia. The name parakeet actually means long tail. They are very social and are considered flock birds. You commonly see them in large groups in aviaries.  They are monogamous birds and their bond with their mate lasts for life.

They love attention and are a very good starter pet for younger children. Parakeets are not prolific talkers but if you are patient with them they can learn to talk.  If you want your Budgie to talk don’t get a companion bird. If you do they will bond with each other at the exclusion of their owner.  Parakeets are in the $20-$40 range and Budgies are available at a much higher price up to about $150 depending on the pedigree.

cockatiels

Cockatiels

Cockatiels: Originally they are from the outback regions of central Australia. Cockatiels are the second most popular bird after Budgies.  They measure about 12 inches in size from head to tail.  Most cockatiels are bread in captivity and are readily available.  They are very gentle and sociable with great friendly personalities, so they make good pets for younger children.  They can live for 15-20 years if properly cared for. They will mimic whistles or short phrases.  they are not as loud as the larger Cockatoos. Be sure to supply them with a variety of toys to keep this inquisitive bird happy.  As a general rule they can be obtained for under $100.

Sulphur Crested Cockatoo

Sulphur Crested Cockatoo

Lesser Sulphur Crested Cockatoo: Usually white coloring with a yellow crest.  Their native habitat is Australia, New Guinea, Tasmania and Indonesia.  Cockatoos come in 4 subspecies that vary in size between 15 inches and 20 inches. I have heard them referred to as “love sponges” because of thier loving nature and nice disposition.  They love to be cuddled and handled.  They crave attention.  They are not prolific talkers but can learn phrases and words on a limited basis.

Cockatoos are a very, very intelligent parrot type and for that reason have been used in bird shows.  They make excellent pets, that bond well with their owners.   If you take the time to properly socialize these birds, they make loving and amusing pets. They are happy to play with toys and can be left alone more often that other parrot types.  They range in cost from $1,000-$2,500.

Umbrella Cockatoo

Umbrella Cockatoo

Umbrella Cockatoo: They are larger than the Lesser Crested Cockatoo and are a bit more demanding regarding attention. They are very vocal which makes for a talkative bird and they don’t mind being petted.

Moluccan Cockatoo

Moluccan Cockatoo

Moluccan Cockatoo: One of the largest Cockatoo breeds and they are a peach color vs. the white coloring of most Cockatoo’s. Good talker and easy to take care of. They are very vocal which makes for a talkative bird and they don’t mind being petted.

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Senegal Parrot

Senegal Parrot

Senegal Parrot: This parrot type is an inhabitant of the African Savannah and open woodland.  Their head is a charcoal gray color.  Their eyes and the underside of their body is a bright yellow color. Their backs and neck are a distinctive green.  Very friendly and quite vocal.  We recommend you obtain only a bird that was domestically raised as the ones from the wild are impossible to tame. They are one-person birds as they bond with their owners.

Sun Conure

Sun Conure

Conure Parrots: Often called Mini-Macaws because of their bright feather coloration.  Fairly easy to take care of vs. their bigger parrot type cousins.

Green Eclectus

Green Eclectus

Eclectus Parrot: They originate in the south seas area of Australia, Moluccas, and New Guinea.  One of the few parrots types that have a distinct coloration among the sexes.  They are good talkers and can imitate a wide variety of sounds.

African Gray

African Gray

African Gray Parrot:  Considered one of the most prolific talkers.  The most famous African Gray just passed away and had a vocabulary of several thousand words and phrases and was able to hold a semi-intelligent conversation with its owner.

Blue and Gold Macaws

Blue and Gold Macaws

Blue-and-Yellow Macaw: Macaws are from the tropical zones like Mexico, Central and South America.  Most people associate Macaws with the term “parrot”.  It seems a Macaw is the epitome of most people’s idea of what a parrot looks like. These are among the largest of the parrot types and are very active.  You will need to spend a considerable amount of time with these fellows to satisfy their social nature.  This is the breed of parrot associated with Pirates like “Captain Long John Silver.”

In conclusion-there are many parrot types- with a little further research you can find the right one for you.

This list does not even scratch the surface of the 350 odd species of parrot types.  However, some of them are on the endangered species list of their native habitat.  Some parrot types are very aggressive and don’t make really good companions.  Some parrot types are “consistent biters” and it takes a fair amount of training to break them of this habit. If you want more information on the specific type of parrot, a Google internet search is the easiest way to do some homework. What ever you do, don’t buy a parrot type you are not familiar with.  Research the characteristics of the breed so you won’t have any surprises when you get home.


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