Last Updated on December 1, 2023 by Ali Shahid
Parrots are renowned for their colorful feathers, which range from red, green, blue, to purple. And we all know the unique colortions of parrots are one of the many reasons people love to adopt parrots as pets. Since you are here I am sure you want to know about the best colorful parrots.
In this article, we’ll take a closer look at some vibrant parrots, highlighting 13 species, and the Eclectus Parrot stands out as the most colorful. What makes this parrot unique is that males and females look different. Males have bright green feathers with red and blue touches, while females have red and blue-purple feathers. Let’s dive into the captivating world of these colorful birds, exploring what makes them special, how they behave, and the happiness they bring to bird lovers worldwide.
The 13 Most Colorful Parrot Species
1. Eclectus Parrot
The Eclectus Parrot, scientifically named Eclectus roratus, is a large parrot known for its noticeable differences between males and females. The male is bright emerald green with blue wingtips, deep blue primaries, and vibrant scarlet underwing coverts and belly sides. In contrast, the female has striking red plumage, a blue collar on the mantle, and a wide violet-blue band across the belly. You can find Eclectus Parrots in rainforest canopies and nearby eucalypt woodlands, and they are native to New Guinea, Indonesia, and central/coastal Australia. They’ve also been introduced to places like Palau, Singapore, and the Goram Islands.
2. Hyacinth Macaw
Next up is the Hyacinth Macaw, the largest parrot covered in brilliant blue feathers. They sport a solid black beak, with yellow areas around their eyes and the lower part of their beak. Native to central and eastern South America, they inhabit specific regions, including the Pantanal in Brazil, Bolivia, and Paraguay; The Cerrado, a tropical savanna in Brazil; and the eastern Amazon Basin of Brazil. Unlike many parrots that prefer tropical rainforests, hyacinth macaws like lightly forested areas like palm swamps and flooded grasslands.
3. Sun Conure
the Sun Conure, also known as the sun parakeet, a brightly colored bird with a golden yellow body and deep orange shades on its face and abdomen. When perched, the bottom half of their wings appears green, and they showcase blue feathers during flight.
Native to northeastern South America, including Venezuela, northern Brazil, and Guyana, Sun Conures are mainly found in inland tropical areas but may also inhabit dry savanna woodlands and coastal forests. They tend to reside in fruiting trees and palm groves.
4. Rose-Breasted Cockatoo
The Rose-Breasted Cockatoo, also called the Galah Cockatoo, is a smart and friendly bird originally from Australia. It stands out with its vibrant pink feathers on the chest, belly, and part of the face, along with a pinkish-white crest. The rest of its body, like the back, wings, tail feathers, and feet, is gray, and it has a horn-colored beak. When the bird is excited or scared, its head crest fans out.
These cockatoos are well-suited to various environments, from semi-deserts and open woodlands to farmlands and fields in both mainland Australia and Tasmania. They’ve even adapted to living in cities. The birds have done well because of agriculture growth and the availability of permanent water sources. One distinct feature is their loud, unique call, and they form strong, lifelong bonds with their partners.
5. Scarlet Macaw
The Scarlet Macaw is a big parrot known for its mostly bright red feathers, light blue tail feathers and rump, and yellow upper wing feathers. The upper sides of their wing feathers and the tips of their tail feathers are a deep blue color. Underneath, the tail feathers and wings are a dark red with a shiny gold shine.
These macaws come from the tropical regions of Central and South America, such as Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, and the Amazonian parts of Peru. They live in places like rainforests, open woodlands, mangroves, by rivers, and in savannas. Scarlet Macaws are famous for their loud calls and their ability to fly long distances to find food.
6. Blue-and-Gold Macaw
The Blue-and-Gold Macaw, also called the Blue-and-Yellow Macaw, is a big parrot from South America known for its vibrant colors, ability to talk, and strong connection with humans. It has bright blue feathers on its upper body, except for its lime-colored head. The lower part is a deep yellow or light orange. Its beak is black, along with the feathers beneath its chin.
The feet are gray, except for the black claws. These macaws are originally from Central and South America, including places like Venezuela, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil, and parts of Panama. They prefer living in tropical forests and woodlands and are sociable birds, often forming close groups in the wild.
7. Lilac-Crowned Amazon
The Lilac-Crowned Amazon, also known as Finsch’s Amazon, is a parrot endemic to the Pacific slopes of Mexico. It is characterized by its predominantly brilliant green plumage with a red blaze on their forehead that transitions to an iridescent lilac-colored patch on the backs of their heads and necks. They also have hints of red and blue in their flight feathers, horn-colored beaks, and bluish flesh-colored feet.
The bird’s natural habitat spans along the Pacific coast of Mexico, beginning in southeastern Sonora and southwestern Chihuahua down to southern Oaxaca. It prefers humid pine or oak forests up to an elevation of 375 meters and above. The Lilac-Crowned Amazon is known for its strong bonds with their owners and its ability to learn to talk. It is more subdued than other Amazons, so it is generally not as loud. However, it may call out loudly as an alarm when it perceives danger or sees strangers approaching.
8. Rainbow Lorikeet
The Rainbow Lorikeet is a species of parrot found in Australia. It is known for its bright red beak and colorful plumage, with a blue (mauve) head and belly, green wings, tail and back, and an orange/yellow breast.
The bird is found in a wide range of treed habitats including rainforest and woodlands, as well as in well-treed urban areas. It is often seen in loud and fast-moving flocks, or in communal roosts at dusk. The Rainbow Lorikeet is primarily a herbivore, feeding mainly on fruit, pollen, and nectar from flowers. It is also known for its frequent screeching and chattering.
9. Lilac-Crowned Amazon
The Lilac-Crowned Amazon, also called Finsch’s Amazon, is a parrot native to the Pacific slopes of Mexico. Its main feature is its bright green feathers, with a red spot on the forehead that turns into a shiny lilac patch on the back of the head and neck. You can also see touches of red and blue in their flight feathers, along with a horn-colored beak and bluish feet.
These birds are found along the Pacific coast of Mexico, from southeastern Sonora and southwestern Chihuahua to southern Oaxaca. They like living in humid pine or oak forests up to 375 meters above sea level. The Lilac-Crowned Amazon is known for forming strong bonds with its owners and its ability to learn to talk. While it’s generally quieter than other Amazon parrots, it can get loud if it senses danger or sees strangers approaching.
10. Green-winged Macaw
The Green-winged Macaw is a large parrot with a mix of red and blue feathers. It has a blue back and rump, and its long tail has a blue tip. The wings are blue with dark green upper wing coverts. The upper beak is horn-colored, and the lower beak is black. Its legs are gray.
These macaws are found in North and Central South America, especially in humid, lowland forests. In the southern part of their habitat, they also like open areas like deciduous forests. These birds are known for their loud calls when flying. They mainly eat seeds, fruits, nuts, and various green plants.
11. Bronze-Winged Parrot
The Bronze-Winged Parrot, also known as the Bronze-Winged Pionus, is a medium-sized parrot with a length of approximately 28 cm (11 in). It has a mainly dark appearance, featuring a whitish chin patch and a speckled upper chest with pink feathers.
The short undertail feathers are red, and the rump, tail, and wings exhibit a dark blue color with lighter blue underwings. The head is dark blue-green, while the mantle, back, and underparts showcase a dark bronze-green hue with some blue-tipped feathers and occasional scattered red feathers. Adult birds have a pale yellow beak, and a pink ring of bare skin surrounds their eyes.
This parrot species is found in far western Venezuela, western and central Colombia, western Ecuador, and far north-western Peru. It typically prefers the canopy of forests and woodlands, including both humid and semi-deciduous environments. Additionally, it can be spotted in adjacent habitats with tall trees. The Bronze-Winged Parrot is usually observed in pairs or small groups, with a typical group size of up to ten birds.
12. Hawk-Headed Parrot
The Hawk-Headed Parrot is a vibrant bird, featuring green coloring on its back, wings, and tail, while its breast, belly, vent, and the base of its neck are adorned with gray and red feathers, bordered in blue. The underside of its tail feathers is black, and the bird’s forehead displays a creamy white mixed with brown.
When frightened or excited, Hawk-Headed Parrots can raise their nape feathers, forming a distinctive fan above their heads. This display plumage is unique among New World parrots. Adults boast yellow eyes, a gray bill, and black feet, while juveniles have brown eyes and a light-colored bill.
Hawk-Headed Parrots are found across a vast expanse of the rainforest and can thrive in diverse habitats. They are notably smaller than other common Amazonian parrots, measuring 12-14 inches (30-35 centimeters) in length and weighing up to 10.5 ounces (300 grams).
13. Puerto Rican Parrot
The Puerto Rican Parrot, also known as the Puerto Rican Amazon or Iguaca, is the sole surviving parrot native to the archipelago of Puerto Rico. This predominantly green parrot features a red forehead and white rings around the eyes, measuring 28–30 cm (11.0–11.8 in) in length. Historically, this species inhabited mature or old-growth forests across all elevations in Puerto Rico, as well as various habitats at lower elevations, including holes, cliffs, and other diverse environments.
14. Patagonian Conure
The Patagonian Conure, also known as the Burrowing Parrot, hails from South America and is still present in Argentina, with small populations also found in Chile. These parrots thrive in arid conditions, deserts, savannahs, and open grasslands, showcasing their adaptability to various environments.
With dark forest green plumage, the Patagonian Conure reflects the stunning landscape of Argentina, its native home. Younger birds exhibit slightly different colors around the beak and eyes compared to older ones, whose whitish beaks turn black as they age. Additionally, older birds have darker brown and black colorings on their backs. As the largest type of conure, fully grown Patagonian parrots can measure around 18 inches and weigh between 240-310 grams.
Parrots show off their stunning colors thanks to special molecules called psittacofulvins. These colors aren’t just for us to enjoy; they’re crucial for parrots‘ social interactions and finding mates. Among all the colorful parrot species, the Eclectus Parrot stands out because males and females look different, and they have vibrant colors.
However, having these beautiful birds as pets is not just about enjoying their looks and company. It also means making a big commitment to give them the right home, food, and care they need to be happy. While we admire how beautiful and smart these birds are, it’s important to remember our duty to conserve and take care of them. Having a pet parrot brings joy, but it also comes with the responsibility of making sure these amazing birds keep adding color and life to our world.