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Sandra September 09, 2023

Parrot Species

Parrots are undeniably one of the most captivating and diverse groups of birds on our planet. With around 400 recognized species (and counting), these feathered beauties and even as new research emerges, there's always more to discover about these beautiful and intelligent animals.

Listing all of them here would be quite extensive, so I'll provide a list of some of the more well-known and iconic species from various regions.

Parrot Species

  1. Budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus)
  2. Cockatiel (Nymphicus hollandicus)
  3. African Grey Parrot (Psittacus erithacus)
  4. Amazon Parrots (Various species)
  5. Macaws (Various species, e.g., Blue-and-Gold Macaw, Scarlet Macaw)
  6. Cockatoos (Various species, e.g., Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Umbrella Cockatoo)
  7. Conures (Various species, e.g., Sun Conure, Green-cheeked Conure)
  8. Eclectus Parrot (Eclectus roratus)
  9. Lovebirds (Various species, e.g., Peach-faced Lovebird, Fischer's Lovebird)
  10. Lorikeets (Various species, e.g., Rainbow Lorikeet, Black-capped Lory)
  11. Pionus Parrots (Various species, e.g., Blue-headed Pionus, Dusky Parrot)
  12. Quaker Parakeet (Monk Parakeet) (Myiopsitta monachus)
  13. Senegal Parrot (Poicephalus senegalus)
  14. Caiques (Various species, e.g., Black-headed Caique, White-bellied Caique)
  15. Alexandrine Parakeet (Psittacula eupatria)
  16. Indian Ring-necked Parakeet (Psittacula krameri)
  17. Kakapo (Strigops habroptilus) - Flightless parrot native to New Zealand
  18. Kea (Nestor notabilis) - Alpine parrot native to New Zealand
  19. Palm Cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus)
  20. Meyer's Parrot (Poicephalus meyeri)

From Tiny to Titanic

Parrots come in all sizes. At one end of the scale, we have the petite parrotlets, which can fit comfortably in the palm of your hand. At the other end, there's the massive Hyacinth Macaw, with a wingspan that can exceed four feet. This vast size range accommodates various lifestyles, from the agile and acrobatic to the steady and powerful fliers.

These are just a selection of the many parrot species found across the globe. Each species has its unique characteristics, diet and care requirements, and conservation status. Remember that the parrot family is diverse and includes a wide range of birds, from small, colourful parakeets to large and intelligent macaws. It's important to understand the species of birds you want to have or own to do your best to meet their needs. 

While parrots are celebrated for their beauty and intelligence, many species also face serious threats, including habitat loss, illegal pet trade, and climate change. Efforts to study and protect these birds are more critical than ever. Consider rescuing or adopting otherwise, always finding a reputable and ethical breeder to help put a stop to this. 🫶🏼