Most Colorful Parrot Species

Parrots are a lot more than just pretty feathers

For many people, the first thing that draws them toward bird ownership is a parrot's beautifully colored feathers. Whether you're looking for a red, green or purple parrot, this bird species offers plenty of variety. But brightly colored plumage isn't the only trait that a prospective parrot owner should consider before adoption.

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    Eclectus Parots
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    The Eclectus parrot is one of the few sexually dimorphic parrot species, meaning the females and males look distinctly different from each other. Males display a rich green color with red accents, while the females have red and purple feathers. As with all parrots, Eclectus parrots need special care and attention in order to thrive.

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    sun conure
    Note the many different colors that this bird displays. This feature makes the Sun Conure one of the most popular breeds of pet bird. Alyson Burgess

    Sun Conure parrots have nearly the entire rainbow on their bodies, with red, yellow and orange on their heads, chests, and wings, and green and blue tail and flight feathers.

    They're also among the loudest parrot species around, so before adopting a Sun Conure, make sure you can handle the noise.

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    Close-Up Of Scarlet Macaws Perching On Rock
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    Scarlet Macaws are big, beautiful parrots with red, yellow, and blue feathers, and can be tempting for someone looking for a pet parrot. But it's important to consider more than their striking looks. These are large birds that require a great deal of space, time and attention.

    Before adopting a Scarlet Macaw, be sure that you know what you are getting into. They can be loud, messy, moody pets that demand a lot from their owners. 

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    A pair of Australian galahs
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    Rose Breasted Cockatoos are pink, gray and white birds with charming personalities. Like other cockatoos, however, these birds are sensitive and require calm, patient owners who have a lot of spare time to spend with their pets. 

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    Eye of the Blue-and-yellow Macaw
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    Blue and Gold Macaws, as their name implies, display a bright blue and yellow plumage over most of their body, with accents of rich green. Perhaps one of the most recognizable parrot species, Blue and Gold Macaws can be high-maintenance for an owner, particularly during adolescence when they can get aggressive.

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    Lilac-crowned Amazon
    "Lilac-crowned Amazon." (CC BY 2.0) by brian.gratwicke

    Like most Amazon Parrots, the Lilac Crowned Amazon is mostly green over the majority of its body. The deep lilac feathers on the tops of their heads, coupled with the prominent red blaze on their foreheads help to make these birds a highly sought after Amazon species.

    Like all Amazon parrots, Lilac Crowned Amazons have strong personalities and need a lot of attention and interaction with their owners. 

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    Hyacinth Macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus) at Jungle Island of Miami, Florida
    By DickDaniels (http://carolinabirds.org/) (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

    In addition to being one of the most brightly colored, Hyacinth Macaws are the largest parrot species known to man. Their owners claim Hyacinth Macaws are among the most gentle, loving, and affectionate parrot species, but they're definitely not the ideal pet for everyone. Hyacinth Macaws have a reputation for being very sensitive birds, so it's important to give them a calm, loving environment in order for them to thrive as pets.

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    Photo by: Skyler Dorr/CC-BY-SA-3.0

    A Hybrid Macaw is something of a "wild card" as far as colorful parrots are concerned. By cross-breeding Macaws with different color traits, breeders have come up with a nearly endless array of colorful macaws that have drawn both fans and criticism from the bird-owning community at large. No matter what your stance is on whether or not it's right to breed hybrid parrots, you're sure to appreciate the beauty and diversity in a Hybrid Macaw's plumage.

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    Blue Crown Conure
    "Conure" (CC BY-ND 2.0) by Dale M Moore

    Blue Crown Conures, another of the most recognizable parrots, are a rich green color with bright blue heads. Like most Conures, they can be quite loud, and like all parrots will need a significant amount of social interaction with owners.

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    Greenwing Macaws
    By Eric Kilby (Flickr) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

    Strikingly similar to the Scarlet Macaw, Greenwing Macaws are an excellent choice for those who want a vividly colorful pet parrot. With a mostly bright red body, these birds display bright stripes of green and blue on the backs of their wings. Greenwing Macaws are considered the "gentle giants" of the Macaw family and crave attention and affection from their owners.