Parrots As Pets

 


Adventure Pets regularly offers a variety of different pet birds. Fancy Parakeets, Cockatiels, Finches, Lorikeets, Parrotlets, Canaries, Amazons, Macaws, and Cockatoos can all be found. Check our Bird in stock page for pictures of available birds today!

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If you are looking for a bird buddy than a parrot might be a good pet for you. However the name "parrot" is a pretty broad term. There are about 350 different species and although only about a third of these are normally available as pets that still leaves a hundred or so different types of birds to choose from.

Types of Parrots

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Different can really mean different when it comes to parrots. There are parrots that never reach 6 inches and some that can reach more than 3 feet. There are some that barely make a peep and those whose screech can lift you out of your seat. There are seedeaters and fruit eaters and even some built to eat nectar. There are those that occasionally pick up a word while the best talkers can have a vocabulary of thousands, some feat for a bird!

These are not the only differences but they should make clear that each species can have unique needs and care requirements. While this may mean a little extra work learning about your choice for a pet it also means that with a little research you can pick a parrot that almost seems tailor made for you.

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Size is an important consideration since as size increases cost, space requirements, mess, maintenance and lifespan typically roughly follow along. However other things that matter a lot to parrot owners like talking ability, cuddliness and noise levels don't follow the same rule. Because all of these things can vary considerably by species selecting a parrot is more than just selecting a good bird it is more choosing a bird that is right for you.

The major groups of parrots are listed below along with some comments on the factors mentioned above to help you narrow down the field when choosing your pet.

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African Grey

The African Grey Parrot is known to have the largest vocabulary and is believed by many to be the smartest of all the parrots. They are medium sized parrots that usually grow to about 13 - 16 inches. They come from Africa. Most African Grey Parrots live about 50 years. They usually like to cuddle and can be noisy sometimes.

There are two recognized subspecies, the Congo and Timneh. The Congo variety is slightly larger and more popular amongst African Grey owners. These have a brighter red tail than the smaller Timneh that is a darker grey with a distinct "V" shape of dark feathers on the abdomen. >

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Conures

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The Conures can be grouped as Aratinga, Pyrrhura or Nanday Conures. The Pyrrhura tend to be smaller and quieter the Aratinga and Nanday. Both the Aratinga and Nanday species tend to be more mischievous and outgoing. The Aratinga contain the most strikingly colored varieties making them the most popular pets.

The Pyrrhura are a little smaller and less demanding than the others making them a good choice for beginners. However all conures make good first birds providing many of the endearing qualities of the larger parrots in a smaller easy to manage bird.

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Lovebirds

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The Lovebirds are small parrots that usually grow to about 6 inches. They come from Africa. Most Lovebirds live about 15 years if given proper care. They can talk some, like some cuddling and are very quiet.

The lovebirds are very social birds that are often kept in pairs. This isn't necessary if you can devote enough time daily for bonding and interaction. If not a pair is recommended to provide them with the companionship they crave. X

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Parrotlet

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The Parrotlets are small parrots that usually grow to about 5 inches. They come from South and Central America. Most Parrotlets live about 20 years if given proper care. They tend to be good talkers, like some cuddling and are fairly quiet.

The Parrotlets tend to be very active and outgoing. It is frequently said that the Parrotlets are really a big parrot packed into a little parrot body.

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Amazon Parrot

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The Amazon Parrots are medium sized parrots that usually grow to about 13 - 16 inches. They come from Mexico, South & Central America and the Caribbean. Most Amazon Parrots live about 50 years if given proper care. They tend to be good talkers, like some cuddling and can be noisy sometimes.

The amazons typically have a green body with yellow, blue or red accenting the head, wings or tail. In the wild they live in flocks so they crave companionship in captivity. If sufficient interaction is not provided, especially when mature, behavioral problems can result.

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Eclectus Parrot

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The Eclectus Parrots are medium sized parrots that usually grow to about 14 inches. They come from Australia, New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. Most Eclectus Parrots live about 40 years if given proper care. They tend to be good talkers, sometimes like a little cuddling and are fairly quiet.

The sexes are so differently colored that many people think they are different parrots altogether. The males are mainly green with a tan to orange bill while the females are bright red with blue shoulders and breast, purple under-wings and have a black bill

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Macaw

The Macaws are usually divided into two groups according to size. The full-sized Macaws range from 2 to 3 feet in length and the smaller Mini-Macaws range from slightly over a foot up to a foot and a half. Most big Macaws live about 50 years and the Mini-Macaws about 40.

They all can be quite loud sometimes are usually good talkers. They tend to be affectionate and like some cuddling. This group comes from South & Central America and includes the largest parrot the Hyacinth Macaw that can reach 40 inches.

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Pionus Parrot

The Pionus Parrots are small to medium sized parrots that usually grow to between 10 - 12 inches depending on the species. They come from Mexico and South & Central America. Most Pionus Parrots live about 30 years if given proper care. They can talk some, like some cuddling and are fairly quiet.

The Pionus Parrots are a good choice for those concerned with the noise level of the medium sized amazons. They tend to chatter rather than scream or squawk. They are also a good choice for those with hectic schedules because they are good at keeping themselves entertained if toys are provided and tend to take traveling in stride.

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Caiques

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The Caiques are small parrots that usually grow to about 9 inches. They come from South America. Most Caiques live about 20 years if given proper care. They can talk some, like some cuddling and can be a little noisy sometimes.

The Caiques require a good amount of bonding time daily but in return they provide endless entertainment with their comical antics. They can be kept in pairs but can sometimes get aggressive with other birds.

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Lories & Lorikeets

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The Lories & Lorikeets are small to medium sized parrots that usually grow to between 10 - 12 inches depending on the species. They come from the South Pacific & Australia. Most Lories & Lorikeets live about 20 years if given proper care. They can talk some, like some cuddling and are fairly quiet.

These birds are nectarivores that that have a specialized brush shaped tongue to feed on softer foods like pollen, nectar, flowers, soft fruits, and insects than the majority of other parrots. Grit is not necessary in their diet and can cause impaction problems if offered. The lories are usually slightly larger and heavier bodied with a shorter more blunt tail.

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Parakeet

In the US the name parakeet usually refers to the budgerigar aka the "Budgie" but the term actually means, "long tail". First off a parakeet is a parrot just a member of a special group of parrots. They usually travel in flocks and feed on the ground. Parakeets also have a more slender build than other parrots and of course long tapered tail feathers. Most parakeets are also smaller parrots with the largest being the Alexandrine Parakeet that can grow to slightly over 2 feet, but over half of this length is tail.

The most common pet parakeet the budgerigar is a small parrot that usually grows to about 9 inches or less in length. Other parakeet species range up in size to more than a foot and a half. Parakeet species can be found in the Americas, Africa, Asia and the South Pacific. Parakeets depending on the species can live from 10 - 25 years with the larger species living the longest.

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Poicephalus Parrot

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The Poicephalus Parrots are small to medium sized parrots that usually grow to between 9 - 12 inches. They come from Africa. Most Poicephalus Parrots live about 30 years if given proper care. One Popular species the Cape/Un-Cape Parrot commonly lives for 40 years.

Talking ability and noise levels vary considerably by species. Most like some cuddling and again the Cape/Un-Cape Parrot is a notable exception as they usually really like to cuddle.