Types of Parrots that Make Great Pets


Budgerigars are small, colorful parrots. They’re a type of parrot called parakeets, or budgies (named for their striped necks). Budgies are very popular as pets because they’re intelligent and social. They can be trained to speak or do tricks. Budgies have long lifespans—up to 15 years with proper care!

Like all parrots, budgies require a lot of attention and care. They’re very active birds and will fly up to 10 miles a day in the wild. Be sure to give your budgie a large cage, so he has room to exercise and play.


Cockatiels have a 10-15 year lifespan and stand around 11-13 inches tall. They tend to make less noise than some of the other parrots, but will still be loud at times.

They need a cage that is about 24 x 24 inches, and need to be let out for several hours a day for exercise.

The cost of purchase is about $65-$250 as of this writing, with costs varying based on age, color, and gender. More expensive ones have been hand-raised rather than from parents in the wild.

They also require time for play outside their cage every day, which should be at least an hour; they like toys that are interactive—things they can chew up or hide under—but will also play with bells and mirrors. They can learn a few words but usually prefer mimicking sounds (like laughing or whistling).

African grey parrots

  • African grey parrots (Psittacus erithacus) are one of the most intelligent birds on the planet. They are also one of the most gifted talkers. Ask any African grey owner, and they’ll tell you how amazing it is when their parrot says its first words.
  • Although they’re not as playful as cockatoos or as affectionate as Amazons, African greys can be very loving and devoted to their owners. Their need for entertainment and mental stimulation is met by their extraordinary ability to learn human language (upwards of 500 words!), use them in context, and speak with a voice that sounds surprisingly human.

Eclectus parrots

Eclectus parrots are a medium-sized parrot species that are about the same size as a cockatiel. They have beautiful, vibrant colors and a fun, playful personality. These birds are easy to train and they can learn tricks quickly. Eclectus parrots love to interact with people, and they also love being part of large flocks with other birds. Their food preferences (largely fruits) might help if you want to stick with all-natural pet foods.

It’s important to remember that these birds do require a lot of space to be happy and healthy pets. They need plenty of room for climbing around and playing inside their cage or aviary during the day. It will also be necessary for you to set aside at least two hours per day for dedicated playtime outside of their cage or aviary so that your eclectus can truly flourish in captivity. Unfortunately, if eclectus parrots do not get enough attention from their owners, they will become depressed or even begin self-mutilating by pulling out their feathers!

Conures (including sun conures)

Conures are considered a “medium” sized parrot, measuring about 12 inches long. Conures have been known to live for more than 30 years in captivity, as long as they are well cared-for. Sun conures are one species of conure; they have orange bodies and yellowish heads. All conures eat seeds and some fruits and vegetables (as supplements to their diet). Most conure species can become loud, but there is a lot of variation between individual birds within each species. Conures don’t need very much space to be happy. They can be kept in cages of less than two cubic feet if you let them out for daily exercise. Conures cost anywhere from $100-$400 USD depending on the variety, with sun conures being the most expensive due to their popularity. In addition to the purchase price you will also need to buy toys, food, cage supplies (cage perches, food bowls etc), health care costs and more so it’s important to factor all of these things into your budget before purchasing a pet bird!

Amazons (including yellow-naped amazons, red-lored amazons, and double yellow-headed amazons)

Of all of the parrots, Amazons are one of the best species for first-time owners. They are social, like being around people, and need plenty of attention. These birds also need lots of toys that they can chew on and destroy or move from place to place. You may want to consider getting a bird cage with a playpen on top, as Amazons love to climb up high and look down at what is going on in the room.

If you have never owned a parrot before, it’s important to realize that these pets are extremely vocal and very good mimics. They can pick up words quickly and will repeat them over and over again if not taught otherwise. Some Amazon breeds, such as Congo African Greys and Double Yellow-Headed Amazons can live for more than 50 years in captivity if well cared for so you must be prepared to make a long-term commitment when you bring any kind of Amazon home with you!

Macaws (including scarlet macaws, blue and yellow macaws, and green-winged macaws)

  • Macaws are beautiful, large parrots. They could be considered the ideal pet bird due to their beauty and intelligence, but they are not always the best choice for a pet bird.
  • Macaws can get quite noisy and destructive if they’re not kept in an environment that suits them, so it is important to do your research before deciding to keep a macaw as a pet.
  • The good news is that despite their size, macaws can be great pets if given enough attention from their owners and space in which to live.

Not all kinds of parrots make good pets, but there are many that do.

Parrots are intelligent, social birds that love to interact with humans. They thrive on attention and can become lonely if left alone for long periods of time. Parrots can live a long time, from 10-80 years depending on the species, so acquiring one is a big commitment! You will have this pet for decades to come! Parrots are also costly. Not only does their food cost more than dog or cat food, but parrots will require a vet who specializes in birds. Since birds tend to be loud and messy creatures, it’s best to research these aspects before bringing one home.

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