Bird Identification: Common Red Parrots

Types of Commonly Kept Red Pet Birds

If you're a bird lover, it's easy to find birds that you may want to have for your own -- but it can be challenging to know how to identify a species if you aren't familiar with them. This article focuses on helping bird lovers identify birds that are predominantly red in color. Read on to learn about some of the most commonly kept red bird species and discover some neat and interesting facts about them along the way.

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    Sun Conures

    Sun parakeet or Sun conure (Aratinga solstitialis) in tree stump taken in the village of Kuranda in northern tropical Queensland.
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    In truth, Sun Conures aren't exactly red -- instead, they exhibit a rainbow of colors, with the brightest being a brilliant reddish-orange on their heads. These eye-catching parrots have been popular with bird lovers for years, and are often hailed as one of the most beautiful and colorful parrot species available. While they are certainly pretty, Sun Conures don't make the best pets for just anybody. They are known for their loud vocalizations, and they require a fair amount of time and...MORE attention from their owners in order to thrive. If you are interested in adopting a Sun Conure, contact a reputable breeder for advice and counsel before bringing one home.

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    Scarlet Macaws

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    The beautiful Scarlet Macaw is another popular parrot known for the colors of its brilliant plumage. Originating in South America, these birds get very large, weighing around 3 pounds when fully grown and reaching lengths of up to 35 inches from head to tail. Those interested in adopting a Scarlet Macaw would do well to make sure that they have plenty of space for their potential pet -- Macaws need a very large cage and lots of exercise so that they can maintain their physical and mental health....MORE Make sure that you are able to provide the time and resources that these birds need before taking one on.

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    Greenwing Macaws

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    Although their name might suggest otherwise, Greenwing Macaws are actually primarily red in color. These large, powerful birds also hail from South America, and have specialized care requirements that not every pet owner is prepared to deal with. If you are interested in owning a Greenwing Macaw, be sure to do plenty of research before buying or adopting one. Contact a local breeder to meet with their birds if possible so that you can get a feel for their personalities and care requirements, and...MORE make sure that a Macaw is a good fit for your home and lifestyle. These birds can live for up to 50 years or more, so choosing to adopt one is no small decision.

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    Female Eclectus

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    The Eclectus parrot is a medium to large sized bird that is known as a dimorphic species, meaning that you can tell the gender of a bird by looking at the colors of their feathers. While the male Eclectus displays bright green plumage, the females of the species exhibit primarily bright red feathers with a splash of blue/purple on their bellies. The young female Eclectus pictured to the left is already beginning to show her eye-catching colors. Eclectus parrots originated in Australia, but their...MORE beauty has made them popular pets in the homes of bird lovers around the world.

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    Crimson Rosella

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    As far as red parrots go, few are as brilliantly colored as the beautiful Crimson Rosella. Known for years as an "ornamental" bird species, parrot breeders and enthusiasts have only recently discovered that the Crimson Rosella can make a loving and affectionate pet when they are handfed and properly tamed. With this revelation, these birds seem to be popping up more and more often in the pet trade. Like the Eclectus, Crimson Rosellas hail from the fields of Australia, where they feast on...MORE insects and grass seed in abundance. While they aren't particularly difficult to care for, owners must have plenty of free time available to socialize and bond with their pets in order for them to remain tame.