Top 8 Species of Colorful Parrots

illustration of the most colorful parrots as pets

The bright feathers of a parrot are often the first thing that people notice when considering getting a bird. Birds have a wide range of colors, so you may find a red, green, blue, or purple partner. Brightly colored plumage is one characteristic, but it's not the only one to take into account before adoption. These parrots need a committed caregiver because they are gregarious, clever, energetic, and boisterous creatures. Here are eight of the most colorful parrot species in case you're ready for a feathered companion.


The drab appearance of your bird's feathers may just be the result of natural molting. Consult a veterinarian if anything looks unusual because it might also be an indication of a nutritional deficit or another medical condition.

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    male and female eclectus parrots on a perch

    The men and females of the eclectus parrot species differ in appearance since it is one of the few sexually dimorphic parrot species. Female birds have red and blue-purple feathers, while the males have a brilliant green hue with accents of red and blue. Although these birds are often amicable and laid-back, they do value a caregiver who can keep them on a consistent daily schedule.

    Species Overview

    Length: 17 to 20 inches

    Weight: 13 to 19 ounces

    Physical Characteristics: Primarily emerald green, red and blue under wings, and orange beak (male); primarily bright red, blue on chest and tail, and black beak (female)

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    The majority of the rainbow may be seen on the bodies of sun conures. On their heads, chests, and wings, these fascinating birds exhibit red, yellow, and orange. Green and blue are used to contrast these hues on their tail and flying feathers. Sun conures frequently have booming voices to match their vivid colors. They don't hold back when it comes to vocalizing their moods, and their cries may be heard from great distances.

    Species Overview

    Length: 12 inches

    Weight: 4 to 5 ounces

    Physical Characteristics: Bright orange, yellow, and red with highlights of green and blue; black beak and feet; white circles around eyes

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    Scarlet Macaw

    Beautiful parrots with red, yellow, and blue feathers are called scarlet macaws. When looking for a pet parrot, their attractiveness might be quite alluring, but it's vital to take other factors into account as well. These are enormous birds, so they need a lot of care and space to fly about. They may be demanding pets who make a lot of noise, mess, and demands on their owners.

    Species Overview

    Length: 31 to 38 inches

    Weight: 32 to 39 ounces

    Physical Characteristics: Vivid red with yellow and blue on wings and tail; white circles around eyes; tan upper bill and black lower bill; black feet

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    Blue-and-Gold Macaw

    Blue-and-gold macaws, as their name suggests, have beautiful blue and golden plumage covering the majority of their bodies. Rich green highlights may also be seen on them. These birds are often social and clever, and they like being the focus of attention. However, they require a lot of room to move about and have a tendency to make some ear-piercing noises.

    Species Overview

    Length: 30 to 36 inchesĀ 

    Weight: 28 to 46 ounces

    Physical Characteristics: Green forehead fading into teal on nape, back, tail, and wings; yellow chest and underside of wings; large black beak

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    Lilac-crowned Amazons are similar to other Amazon parrots in that they are mostly green with a bright lilac crown. These birds require a lot of mental and physical training because they are often interested and energetic. They like spending many hours a day socializing and tend to build close relationships with their caregivers.

    Species Overview

    Length: 12 to 14 inches

    Weight: 11 ounces

    Physical Characteristics: Mostly green; yellow-green face; red band across forehead; lilac on top of head and collar

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    Hyacinth Macaw

    Hyacinth macaws are the biggest species of parrot and one of those with the most vibrant colors. They are also among of the most friendly and kind birds. They aren't everyone's ideal pet, though. Hyacinth macaws are known for being extremely sensitive birds. For them to grow, a serene setting and a number of hours of interaction each day are essential.

    Species Overview

    Length: 40 inches

    Weight: 42 to 51 ounces

    Physical Characteristics: Solid blue plumage; yellow patches around eyes and beak; black beak; dark gray feet

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    Pink, gray, and white rose-breasted cockatoos have endearing personalities. Although they have more muted colors than some other parrots, they are nevertheless highly appealing owing to their distinctiveness. These birds are extremely friendly and sensitive, like the majority of cockatoos. They need caregivers who can be patient and calm and who have plenty of time to spend with the birds.

    Species Overview

    Length: 12 to 15 inches

    Weight: 10 to 14 ounces

    Physical Characteristics: Pink chest and lower part of face; pinkish-white crest; gray back, wings, and tail; gray feet; tan beak

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    Green-Wing Macaws

    Green-wing macaws have a body that is mostly fiery red, with striking green and blue stripes on the backs of their wings. Because of their normally placid disposition, they are sometimes referred to as the "gentle giants" of the macaw family. They may, however, be quite persistent, if not downright obsessive, about wanting to be seen by their preferred people.

    Species Overview

    Length: 26 to 40 inches

    Weight: 32 to 60 ounces

    Physical Features: Teal and red tail, green centre of wings turning blue near tips, red lines around eyes, and red on head, shoulders, and breast. Tan on the upper and lower bills.