The Top 8 Large Parrots for Pet Owners

Blue and Yellow Macaws (Ara ararauna), pair, native to South America, captive, Wachenheim, Germany

The popularity of large parrots as pets is widely recognized. They're entertaining to have about the house, but there are several important things to understand before attempting one. These are clever creatures that, when not given adequate mental stimulation, soon become bored. Additionally, a lack of social engagement might result in behavioral issues and even diseases. However, for those who treat them well, giant parrots may provide unparalleled companionship and a distinctive pet experience. The top eight huge parrots for pets are listed below.


Many large parrot species can live for several decades. Before acquiring one, make sure you can provide care for its entire lifespan.

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    Close-up of an African grey parrot

    A 5-year-old human's IQ and emotional range are frequently used as comparisons for African greys. But keep in mind that during their lives of around 50 years or more, these birds do not develop beyond the maturity of a 5-year-old. An unsupervised, bored African grey can easily turn into a vicious escape artist. The intelligent nature of the bird forces many owners to continually come up with new activities for their pets.

    Species Overview

    Length: 9 to 14 inches

    Weight: 11 to 19 ounces

    Physical Characteristics: Mostly gray plumage with pale edging; black beak and bright red tail (Congo African grey); tan upper beak and maroon tail (Timneh African grey)

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    The impressive eclectus is a huge parrot with several choices. The male and female eclectus have distinctive plumage since they are a sexually dimorphic species. Males have a bright green color, while females are crimson with accents of blue purple. Eclectus parrots come in three different subspecies. The eclectus, like many other giant parrots, may live for more than 50 years in captivity with the right care.

    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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    Umbrella cockatoos may survive in captivity for 70 to 80 years or beyond with the right care. Typically kind and affectionate, these birds develop close relationships with those who care for them. A lot of people like cuddling up to their favorite person or bird, and they might become upset anytime they are split up. Therefore, it's crucial to spend enough time with these perceptive, sociable birds.

    Species Overview

    Length: 18 inchesĀ 

    Weight: 16 to 26 ounces

    Physical Characteristics: Primarily white plumage; pale yellow on wings and tail; large white crest; black beak

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    A good avian buddy is the yellow-naped Amazon, one of the finest talkers in the parrot family. These cheerful birds form strong bonds with the people who look after them. However, anybody considering adopting one should be informed that, with the right care, these birds may live for more than 70 years. You shouldn't take this promise lightly.

    Species Overview

    Length: 12 to 15 inches

    Weight: 17 to 24 ounces

    Physical Characteristics: Primarily bright green plumage; blaze of yellow around neck; often a yellow patch on head; red in wing feathers; black beak and feet

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    The sulphur-crested cockatoo has two sizes and may live for up to 80 years. From beak to tail, the smaller sulphur-crested cockatoo reaches around 15 inches, but the bigger sulphur-crested cockatoo measures about 20 inches. These birds, like other cockatoos, are known for being extremely loving and require a lot of time with their keepers.

    Species Overview

    Length: 15 to 20 inches

    Weight: 12 to 31 ounces

    Physical Characteristics: Primarily white; crest of yellow feathers; black beak; males have dark brown to black irises while females have reddish-brown

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    Blue-and-Gold Macaw

    The blue-and-gold is a huge parrot that has had enormous popularity as a pet. It may live up to 50 years in captivity. These vibrant birds are quite bright and frequently learn tricks and how to communicate properly. They are happy in homes with seasoned parrot owners that can provide them with plenty of outside-the-cage playing and have strong personalities.

    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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    Scarlet Macaw

    Due to their intelligence and energy, scarlet macaws need a lot of interaction with people and regular exercise. They require a variety of toys since they become bored rapidly. Additionally, although properly trained macaws may be wonderful pets, some only form close bonds with one member of the family and are not the greatest choice for kids.

    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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    Hyacinth Macaw

    The biggest parrot is the lovely blue hyacinth macaw. This bird's care requirements are as significant as its size, with a lifetime of more than 60 years in captivity. For living, it needs a very large (and escape-proof) enclosure, which most commercial cages cannot provide. Even though its wings are cut, it still need enough of space to fly in order to exercise. Only knowledgeable, experienced bird caregivers are likely to be able to satisfy its demands.

    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