several parrot species

Parrot

You might think you know what a parrot is, but do you? Learn about parrot characteristics, behavior, care needs, and more. These feathered companions have more to offer than you might guess!

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Rosella

Rosella

With their vibrant colors, rosellas are hard to overlook. A rosella will charm you with its whistles, too!

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Golden crested rosella

Golden-Mantled Rosella

If you want a gorgeous bird for an aviary or habitat setting, or have the space in your home to give this bird the appropriate room, then the golden-mantled rosella might be the bird for you.

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Senegal parrot

Senegal Parrot

With its yellow irises and blocky head, the Senegal parrot can have an intense look. But don’t let its gaze fool you into thinking this bird is always uptight. Senegal parrots can be outgoing and playful and are the most popular of the Poicephalus species.

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Poicephalus

Poicephalus

Poicephalus might not want to cuddle, but they can be playful and outgoing, and many certainly love to be petted.

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Meyer's parrot

Meyer’s Parrot

The Meyer’s parrot might prefer to watch things from afar instead of being the center of attention. This bird is happy sitting quietly on a perch, destroying a toy. Meyer’s can be social, too, and tend to bond with everyone in the family.

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Quaker parrot

Quaker Parakeet

It’s a pity that quaker parakeets are outlawed in some cities and states because this social parrot’s talking ability and intelligence rivals the much more expensive African grey and Amazon parrot.

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Pacific parrotlet

Pacific Parrotlet

Pacific parrotlets are very spirited, and can become aggressive if left for too long without handling. Even though it is tiny, do not underestimate the strong beak – its bite is much stronger than a budgie. These pint-sized parrots don’t seem to realize that they are small because they have a large bird personality — outgoing, curious and, at times, downright feisty.

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Pacific parrotlet

Parrotlet

The parrotlet parrot might be small in size but it is big in personality. These pint-size parrots are bold and assertive, and they can learn to talk, too.

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Ring necked dove

Dove

Doves are ideal for someone who wants a bird, but cannot accommodate the needs of a parrot (noise, one-on-one social interaction). There interactions are fun to watch and some consider their cooing pleasant.

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Ring necked dove

Ring-Necked Dove

A ring-necked dove can make a great pet for those looking for a companion bird with an easy-going nature, potential to be hand-tamed and gentleness. If you like the sound of cooing,this might be the bird for you!

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Diamond dove

Diamond Dove

For a dove species, the diamond dove is surprisingly small, but eye catching nevertheless, especially with its prominent red eye ring. Many find its soft cooing a pleasant alternative to a boisterous parrot.

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Song canary

Song Canary

Most people buy a canary for its attractive, melodic song. That’s what the canary is most famous for, after all, and that’s probably what you will want in this beautiful little bird.

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Red factor canary

Red-Factor Canary

The red-factor canary’s body-type appears to be just like the other canaries, but with one special trait – when fed a special diet, this canary’s coloring can change.

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Canary

Canary

The canary has been a favorite among bird keepers for hundreds of years, and has been bred into more than 200 breeds, much like dogs have, each breed prized for a particular skill or appearance.

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Red lory

Red Lory

The red lory’s playful personality and beautiful appearance make this high-energy parrot a favorite among bird fanciers and the more advanced pet bird owners alike.

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Rainbow lory

Lory

The lory personality is intense, in general. This is not a shy species. The rainbow lory is bubbly and enthusiastic, the “coach” of the bird world, encouraging play whenever its favorite human is around.

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Rainbow lory

Rainbow Lory

The rainbow lory is one of the most stunning and beautiful companion birds available today. Lories, in general, need more care and attention than your more common companion birds due to their highly specific dietary and housing requirements. However, they are well worth the extra time and expense.

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Cockatiel

Cockatiel

Cuddly, outgoing and comical are just three reasons why the cockatiel is the No. 1 pet bird in America. Cockatiels are also talented whistlers, and can make a great family pet.

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Budgie

Budgie (Parakeet)

The budgie (parakeet) is often thought of as a “beginner bird,” however, this social, outgoing little bird deserves just as much care and attention as larger parrots. Budgies are playful, love food and they can rival any parrot in terms of talking ability.

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Finch

Finch

Finches are perfect alternative for those wanting a feathered pet but not prepared to take on the challenges of caring for a parrot. Finches don’t talk and are hands-off birds, but they delight their owners with their aerial antics and social interactions with one another.

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Owl finch

Owl Finch

As their name suggests, owl finches look like little owls with their distinctive markings. These are curious and social little birds.

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Gouldian finch

Gouldian Finch

The Gouldian finch is prized primarily for its gorgeous plumage. This small bird is available in a variety of striking, vibrant colors.

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Zebra Finch

Zebra Finch

Zebra finches are the most popular finch species due to its availability and price. This cute, little striped finch has been kept in captivity for more than a 100 years.

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Fischer lovebird

Fischer’s Lovebird

The Fischer’s lovebird might not be as popular as the more common peach-faced lovebird but it has an equally charming personality.

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Peach faced lovebird

Peach-Faced Lovebird

As popular as they are cute, peach-faced lovebirds owe their “animal magnetism” as much to their clown-like personalities and stunning plumage.

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lovebirds

Lovebird

A lovebird might be one of the smaller parrot species available as a companion pet, but this bird is inquisitive and seemingly always on the go. As their name suggests, lovebirds are known for the loving, attentive bond they tend to form with their mates.

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Sun conure

Sun Conure

The sun conure is one of the more popular conures of its size due to its stunning plumage, its extraordinary disposition, and its exceptional quality as a companion bird. Sun conures are lively, vocal, and expressive; this is a bird best known for its beauty and its big mouth.

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Jenday conure

Jenday Conure

The Jenday conure is one of the most common medium-sized conures, just below the sun conure in popularity, but not in personality or charm.

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Green Cheeked Conure

Green-Cheeked Conure

The Green-cheeked conure is a favorite among bird novices because of its relatively low price, small stature, temperament, and relatively low noise level.

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Blue Crown Conure

Blue-Crowned Conure

The blue-crowned conure has a large vocabulary and high intelligence to match. This species is known as one of the better talkers in the conure family, though it can be a little difficult to understand.

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Conure

Conure

There’s a reason why conures are popular pet companions; these spunky and often comical parrots come in a range of eye-catching colors and have equally colorful personalities. Conures are one of the more varied groups of parrots.

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