Parrot Species Index

Currently there are 402 species of birds that make up the order Psittaciformes which constitutes all of the parrot specie.

Abessinian Parrots aka Red-bellied Parrots or Red-breasted Parrots

The Red Bellied Parrot is similar in shape and a slightly larger bird than the Senegal Parrot, averaging 22 cm (8.5 – 8.8 ins) on length.

They usually reach maturity at 12 months of age, when they will be about 8 to 10 inches in length.

Abyssinian Parakeets

Similar to the Rose-ringed Parakeet, krameri, but the face is pale green; breast and abdomen feathers in both sexes with marked grey-white tinge; smaller upper beak is red with a black tip.

The average length (head to tail tip) is about 40 cm (15.5 ins), with a wing length 146 – 160 mm ( 5.5 – 6 ins).

Adelaide Rosellas

The Adelaide Rosella averages 13.5 – 14.4 inches or 35 – 36 cm in length.

The plumage is generally pale to strong orange-red. The forehead, lores (the region between the eye and bill on the side of a bird’s head) and crown are orange-red. The sides of head and nape (back of a bird’s neck) are orange-yellow. The cheeks are violet-blue. The abdomen and breast are yellow more or less strongly tinged orange-red.

African Grey Parrot aka Grey Parrots: The Smartest Parrots of all?

These popular avian pets have the reputation for being amongst the most intelligent of all birds. They are in demand because of their human-like ability to mimic speech and generally gentle nature.

Alexandrine Parakeets

The Alexandrine Parakeet is a large Parakeet species measuring 58 cm (23 in) in total length with a wingspan averaging 18.9–21.5 cm (7.5–8.5 in).

They weigh between 8.75 – 9.1 oz (250-260g)

It is mainly green with a blue-grey sheen on its cheeks and napes (back of a bird’s neck), particularly in males. The abdomen is yellowish-green, the upperside of the middle tail feathers is blueish-green, the upperside of the external tail feathers is green while the underside of the tail feathers are all yellow.

Orange-fronted or Red-fronted Parakeet, Cyanoramphus malherbi

The Malherbe’s Parakeet is from 20 – 23 cm or 7.8 – 9 inches long (including the tail). Males usually weigh between 45 – 55 g; females between 38 – 50 g.

The plumage is mostly bright green with a distinctive orange frontal band (from eye to eye). The forecrown is pale lemon-yellow. It has orange patches on each side of the rump.

Amboina King Parrots aka Moluccan King-Parrot

These parrots can only be described as serene, sophisticated and strikingly beautiful due to their well-defined, bright coloration of their plumage.

At 14.8 inches (37 centimeters), the Amboina King Parrot is considered one of mid-size to larger parrot breeds. They primary plumage is red, with bright green wings, bright blue backs, rumps, tail coverts and wing coverts.

Andean Parakeets

Size: This small parrot averages 6 to 8 inches (~ 17 to 20 cm) in length.

Adult Male: The plumage is dull green. The forehead, lores (the region between the eye and bill on the side of a bird’s head) and chin are lightly tinged with yellow. The throat, breast, abdomen and thighs are yellowish-olive green. The greater under wing-coverts are bluish-green.

Antipodes Island / Green Parakeets

It is the largest and most specialized Kakariki and the largest of the Cyanoramphus (kakariki) species, averaging 12 inches or 30 – 31cm in length (including the tail) – 3 cm or 1.2 inches longer than the New Zealand red-crowned parakeet.

The Antipodes Island parakeet is the only member of the kakariki family with all green coloring, and without a colored frontal head band.

Asiatic, African Parakeets / Ringneck or Long-tailed Parakeets

The vibrant and colorful ringneck parrots are visually appealing and tame easily. Most of them readily breed in captivity resulting in an ample supply of young birds for the pet trade.

Owners describe them as smart birds that learn concepts quickly and love to show off. Many of them are very talented talkers, speaking with a clarity that can easily be compared to that of the Quakers, Grays and Amazons – species well known for their talking abilities.

Australian King Parrots aka Eastern Kings, Queensland Kings

Adults of both sexes are very majestic birds, typically averaging 42 – 43 cm (16 – 17.2 inches) in length, including their long tail.

The adult (>4 years) males are very striking in appearance with a red head, breast, and lower undersides, with a blue lower back, and green wings and tail. They have a reddish-orange upper beak with a black tip and a black lower beak, and yellow eye ring.

Black-fronted Parakeets or Tahiti Parakeets

This parakeet averaged 25 cm or 10 inches in length (including its tail).

The plumage was mostly green / olive-green, with a bluish tint to the breast, abdomen under tail-coverts and tail. The forehead was black. The lores (the regions between the eyes and bill on the side of a bird’s head) and stripe across eye were red. The lower back was red.

Black-masked Lovebirds aka Masked Lovebirds (Eye-rings)

Masked lovebirds average 6 inches or 14.5 cm in length. The naturally occurring masked lovebirds have a green body color. The head is mostly black and the color of its plumage is except for a few highlights green with a yellow collar. However, other mutations — specifically blue and yellow — have been bred in captivity.

Black-winged Parrots (Hapalopsittaca melanotis) or Black-eared Parrots

This small stocky parrot averages 23 – 24 cm (9 – 9.5 ins) in length (including tail).

Adults: The plumage is mostly green with large black patches on the wings, dull yellow around eyes, and distinct patches over the ears. The head is bluish green to slate blue. They have blue lores (regions between the eye and bill on the side of a bird’s head) and a narrow frontal band.

Blossom-headed Parakeets

This is a green parrot, about 12 inches (30 cm) long with the tail accounting for more than half of that length. They weigh, on average, 2.5 to 3 ounces (~ 75 – 85g).

The male’s head is pink becoming pale blue on the back of the crown, nape (back of the neck) and cheeks. There is a narrow black neck collar and a black chin stripe. There is a red shoulder patch and the rump and tail are bluish-green, the latter tipped yellow. The upper beak is yellow, and the lower beak is dark.

Blue Bonnet Parrots

The Blue Bonnet or Yellow-vented Blue-bonnet Parrot (Northiella haematogaster haemetogaster or Psephotus haematogaster haematogaster) is endemic to western and southern New South Wales, north-western Victoria and south-eastern South Australia

Blue-backed Parrots aka Müller’s (or Mueller’s) Parrots

This is a medium size parrot, averaging 32cm in length. The plumage is basically green with yellow-streaked wings, a blue rump, and blue wing bends. The head, mantle, wings and tail are darker green, the belly and collar are lighter green.

The blue-backed parrots are sexually dimorphic (most parrots aren’t) – the male can be identfied by his red beak and the female by her pale yellow or horn-colored beak.

Blue-collared Parrots (Geoffroyus simplex)

The Blue-collared Parrot aka Simple Parrot averages ~8.5 inches (22 to 23 cm) in length (from head to tip of the tail) and weighs ~ 6.8 oz (195 g).

Its plumage is mainly green with a black beak. The forehead, sides of head, breast, abdomen, upperside of tail, upper and under tail-coverts are yellowish-green. They have yellow wing bends, blue underwing coverts and a pale yellow iris.

Blue-crowned Hanging Parrots or Malay Lorikeets

This is a small parrot, averaging 4 to 5 inches (12 to 13 cm) in length and weigh about 1 oz (28 g).

The plumage is generally green. The breast, abdomen and under tail-coverts are yellowish-green. Males have a distinctive dark-blue patch to the crown and a red throat patch. The lower back and upper tail-coverts are red. The back has a yellowish tinge. A yellow band can be seen across the lower back.

Blue-naped Parrot, known as Luzon Parrot or Philippine Green Parrot

This medium-sized parrot averages 12.4 inches or 31 cm in length. The plumage is primarily green except for a light blue rear crown and nape (back of the neck). It has a pale blue lower back and rump, scalloped shoulders with orange-brown on black coverts, and blackish underwings with green underwing coverts.

Blue-crowned Racket-tailed Parrots

The Blue-crowned Racket-tailed Parrot averages 27cm in length. The plumage is basically green with a blue crown, blueish undertail, whitish beak, and dark underwings with green coverts.

Blue-headed Parrot (Pionus menstruus)

The Blue-headed Parrot (Pionus menstruus) – also known as the Blue-head Amazon or Red-vented Parrot, is endemic to tropical Central and South America, from Costa Rica and Trinidad south to Bolivia and South to Central Brazil.

Blue-headed Racket-tailed Parrots aka Palawan Racquet-tail Parrots

This parrot averages 10 inches 26 to 28cm) in length. The plumage is basically green with a bright, light blue head, blue under wings (except for green coverts) and, in the male, bluish breast. The beak is bluish gray and iris is yellowish.

Blue-rumped Parrots

This small parrot – averaging 7.2 inches or 18 cm in length – is primarily green, with bright red shoulder patches, and yellowish margins on the wing coverts.

The male has a black mantle, red upper beak, and greyish-blue head and rump, with a brighter blue to the forehead and crown.

Malabar Parakeets aka Bluewinged Parakeets, Blue Winged Parakeets

The average adult Malabar Parakeet measures 15 inches (38 centimeters) in length. The Malabar Parakeet has beautifully colored plumage. The male’s overall color is a bluish-gray with a sometimes reddish-pink tint.

Nicobar Parakeets or Blyth’s Parakeets

Size: The average length is 19 – 23 inches (48 – 56 cm), with a wing span of 7.5 – 8 inches ( 190 – 206 mm). It is considered the largest of the “true parakeets” in terms of length.

Bourke’s Parrots aka Bourke Parakeets, Rosey Bourkes

The natural color of the Bourke’s Parakeet is basically brown, with pink abdomen, pinkish breast and a blue rump. The legs are dark-brown, with zygodactyl toes (the toes are arranged in pairs, the second and third toes pointing forward; the other two toes pointing backwards). The bill is yellowish-brown.

The Brehm’s Parrot aka Madarasz’s Parrot or Painted Parrot

This small parrot averages 24 cm (9.5 ins) in length (including tail). The wing length is 118 – 124 mm (4.5 – 5 ins).

Broad-billed Parrots

This was a large, heavy-set parrot, he males were similar in size to the Palm Cockatoo. The females were considerably smaller.

Bronze-winged Pionus Parrots (Pionus chalcopteru)

Bronze Wings are small parrots measuring around 11 to 11.6 inches (~ 29 cm) in length. They are almost purple in coloration, and their true beauty is appreciated in natural sunlight as seen in the picture to the right.

Brotogeris

Members of the Brotogeris are swift fliers. They are smaller than cockatiels, with an average length of 7-9″ from head to tail. The sub-species range from 6.8 – 10 inches or 17 – 25 cm in length (including tail).

Brown-hooded Parrots

The Brown-hooded Parrot averages 8 – 8.4 inches (21 cm) in length and weighs around 165 g.

Budgerigar aka “Budgie”

These colorful birds are native to Australia where they are naturally distributed throughout the continent; however, occurring more in the drier interior of the continent and the coastal areas in the far east and the far south-west. This species is said to have survived in the inlands of Australia for over 5 million years.

Caica Parrots or Hooded Parrots

Caica Parrots average 9.2 inches (23 cm) in length (including tail). The plumage is generally green, with the exception of the brownish-black head, a broad orange brown ring around their neck, and blue and black on their wings.

Cape Parrots aka Tori Parrots aka Brown-necked Parrots

The Cape Parrot is the largest parrot of the genus Poicephalus. It is a short-tailed medium-sized bird averaging 33 cm or 13 ins in length.

Cebu Hanging Parrots

The Cebu Hanging Parrots average 5.5 inches (14 cm) in length.

They look like the nominate species, but the back of the crown and the head, as well as the upper back are gold-yellow.

Golden-mantled Rosella

Golden Mantle Rosellas average 12 inches (30 cm) in length.

In the normal form of the Golden Mantle red covers the nape of the neck and extends to the upper breast. The cheek patches are white. Black feathers edged with golden yellow cover the back producing a pearling effect while the wing converts and tail are a bright blue. A green suffusion can be seen on the rump, abdomen and tail.

Celebes Hanging-Parrots, aka Great Hanging Parrots

The Sulawesi Hanging Parrots average 6 inches (15 cm) in length – from head to tip of the tail.

The plumage of the Sulawesi Hanging Parrot is mainly green. The wings are green, except the underside of the flight-feathers, which are greenish-blue.

Ceylon Parrots

The Ceylon Hanging Parrots (Loriculus beryllinus) are now more commonly referred to as “Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot” after the island they occur on – the Island of Ceylon – was renamed “Sri Lanka” in 1972.

Sri Lanka is situated in the Indian Ocean, the Gulf of Mannar, the Palk Strait, and lies in the vicinity of India and the Maldives.

Cloncurry Parrots

The Cloncurry Parrot is the smallest of the Australian Ringnecks, averaging 13 ins (33 cm) in length and 4.3 to 4.8 ounces (120 – 135 g) in weight.

Cobalt-winged Parakeet

They average 7 inches (18 cm) in length and weigh between 1.75 to 2.3 oz (50 – 65 grams).

They are virtually all green with yellow forehead and reddish-orange chin. The yellow forehead and lores (the regions between the eyes and bill on the side of a bird’s head) are somewhat duller and less far-reaching in hens.

Cockatiels (Nymphicus hollandicus)

These small parrots occur naturally in the outback regions of central Australia, where they are inhabit the Australian wetlands, scrublands, and bush lands.

However, there is a great demand in the pet market for these sociable and generally gentle parrots, and they have been introduced to many parts of the world. Some feel that they are more popular than his smaller cousin – the Budgerigar.

Cockatoo Bird

Native to AustraliaPapua New Guinea and Indonesia, there are over 40 species. These can be divided into two main groups – the white cockatoos and the black cockatoos. The species available as pets range from the well-known Sulphur Crested , the Galah, the Major Mitchell, the Red tail Black Cockatoo, to the lesser known White (Umbrella) Cockatoo. Outside of Australia, the Moluccan and Umbrella also make a lovely pets but are rarely kept as pets in Australia due to their expense.

Kadavu Parrots or Crimson Shining Parrots

Crimson Shining Parrots is a medium-sized parrot that is similar in size to Fiji’s other two endemic Shining Parrots – the Masked Shining Parrots (Prosopeia personata) and the very similar allopatric (geographically separated) Red Shining-parrot (Prosopeia tabuensis) – measuring 42 to 45 cm (~16.5 ins) from the tip of its beak to the tip of its tail, with a wing length of 215 – 245 mm or 8.5 – 9.6 ins.

Crimson Rosellas also called the Pennant’s Rosellas

The Crimson Rosella averages 26 – 36 cm (10.4 – 14 ins) in length (including tail). The wings are typically 164 – 188 mm (6.5 – 7.5 ins) long.  The average weight is about 145 grams (~5.2 oz).

Derbyan Parakeets or Derbyan Parrots

The Derbyan Parakeet is larger than most parakeets. Adult Derbyans average 20 inches (50 centimeters). It is said to be similar in size to the popular Alexandrine Parakeet. These birds are sexually dimorphic, meaning that males and females may be distinguished visually.

Australian King Parrots aka Eastern Kings, Queensland Kings

Adults of both sexes are very majestic birds, typically averaging 42 – 43 cm (16 – 17.2 inches) in length, including their long tail.

Eastern Rosellas aka Common Rosellas

This colorful rosella has a red head, upper breast and under tail-coverts. The cheeks are white. The lower breast is yellow becoming yellowish-green on the abdomen. The feathers of the lower breast and abdomen have a fine dark edging.

Echo or Mauritius Parakeets

They average 16.5 inches (42 cm) in length. The plumage is mostly green. The back of the head to the side of cheek area is suffused with blue. There is a broad cheek-stripe to the side of nape and a narrow line from the cere to eye.

Emerald-collared Parakeet / Layard’s Parakeet

The plumage is mostly green. It averages 12 inches (29 to 30 cm) in length, with a tail up to 13cm.

Fig Parrots

Fig-parrots are distributed throughout various regions of New Guinea and Australia, where they can be found primarily in fruit-bearing trees, especially fig tree.

Galah or Rose-breasted Cockatoos / Roseate

The Galah Cockatoo is one of the most common and widespread cockatoos. It occupies open country in almost all parts of mainland Australia. Galahs are found in all Australian states, and are absent only from the driest areas and the far north of Cape York Peninsula.

Geoffroyus: Red-cheeked or Long-winged Parrots

Class: Aves … Order: Psittaciformes … Family: Psittacidae … Subfamily: Psittacinae

Genus: Scientific: Geoffroyus … English: Long-winged Parrots … Dutch: Langvleugelpapegaaien … German: Buntkopfpapageien … French: Perroquet Geoffrey

CITES II: Endangered Species

Golden-mantled Racket-tailed Parrots

These parrots average 11 in (28 cm) in length. The plumage is generally green. The throat, breast and abdomen are yellowish-gree and they have a rose-red patch to back of crown bordered by dull greyish-blue area.

Golden-mantled Rosella

Golden Mantle Rosellas average 12 inches (30 cm) in length. In the normal form of the Golden Mantle red covers the nape of the neck and extends to the upper breast. The cheek patches are white. Black feathers edged with golden yellow cover the back producing a pearling effect while the wing converts and tail are a bright blue.

Golden-shouldered or Hooded Parrots aka,Golden-tinged Parakeets

The range of the Golden-shouldered ParrotPsephotus chrysopterygius, is limited to the southern Cape York Peninsula in Australia; while its sub-species, the Hooded Parrot, occupies the very north-eastern region of the Northern Territory.

Lineolated Parakeets or Catherine Parakeets

The Lineolated Parakeets are small – averaging 1.6 up to 2 ounces (47 to 55 grams) in weight and ~ 6 to 7 inches (~16 to 17 cm) in length. They are slightly larger than budgies.

Golden-winged Parakeets

Personality: They are playful and fairly quiet. Some owners report that they can be rather shy. They are sociable, active and love to climb around the branches,

Grass Parakeets / Parrots

The Bourke’s parrot has recently been removed from the Neophema genus and placed in a genus of its own.

Great-billed Parrots, aka Moluccan Parrots or Island Parrots

This is a medium-sized, 16 to 16.4 (38 – 41 cm) long, green parrot with massive red bill, yellow iris, olive green back and a pale blue rump.

Superb Parrots aka Barraband Parakeets or Parrots

The medium-sized Superb Parrot, Polytelis swainsonii, averages 15.5 to 16 inches (~40 – 45 cm) in length and is predominantly green with long tail feathers. It is yellow-green below.

Australian King Parrots aka Eastern Kings, Queensland Kings

Adults of both sexes are very majestic birds, typically averaging 42 – 43 cm (16 – 17.2 inches) in length, including their long tail.

Green Rosellas known as Tasmanian Rosellas, Mountain or Green Parrots

The Green Rosella is Australia’s largest rosella at an average length of 14.4 – 14.5 ins. or 36 – 37 cm (including tail), although it is only considered medium-sized when compared to the other parrot species.

Green-winged King Parrots or Papuan King Parrots

Adults of both sexes are very majestic birds, typically 36 cm (14 inches) in length, including the long tail.

African Grey Parrot aka Grey Parrots

These popular avian pets have the reputation for being amongst the most intelligent of all birds. They are in demand because of their human-like ability to mimic speech and generally gentle nature.

Grey-cheeked Parakeets also known as Grey Cheek Parakeets

Grey-cheeks average 8 inches or 20 cm in length (including tail) and weigh 54-60 grams, which means that they are a little larger than lovebirds in size.

Bolbopsittacus: Guaiabero Parrots

The bird genus Bolbopsittacus – includes a group of parrots that are more commonly known as Guaiabero Parrots.

They occur naturally on the island of Luzon in the Philippines.

Hooded Parrots

The Hooded ParrotPsephotus dissimilis, is an Australian endemic; specifically, it inhabits to semi-arid areas of northeast Northern Territory. Though this species has disappeared from most of its original range, it remains common in protected areas.

Eunymphicus – Horned Parakeets

The Horned Parakeet got its name from the two black feathers (crest) with red tips that protrude from the head. It averages 12.5 – 13 inches or 32- 33 cm in length (including tail). The plumage is mostly green. The breast, abdomen and under tail coverts are yellowish-green. The lower back is greenish-yellow.

Indian Ringneck Parrots

The Indian Ringneck Parakeet is a medium-sized parrot that measures between 14 – 17 inches (36 – 43 cm) in length – about half of which are the long tail feathers alone. The wings are 6 – 7 inches (153 – 180 mm) long. They weigh between 4 – 5 oz (115 – 140 grams).

Intermediate Parakeets

This parakeet averaged 15 to 16 inches (~36 cm) in length — half of which is the tail.

The plumage was generally yellowish-green with a slaty-purple head bordered below by a broad black cheek stripe which becomes a narrow band across nape. The forehead, lores (the regions between the eyes and bill on the side of a bird’s head) and eye area had a pronounced pink tinge. The nape had a faint bluish-green ting.

Mustached / Moustached / Java-moustached Parakeets

The Mustached / Moustached Parakeet is a medium-sized parrot, averaging 13 – 16 inches in length (33 – 40 cm) and weighing it at 100 to 130 grams at maturity.

Its most distinguishing feature is its moustache-like markings on the sides of its face, resembling a moustache. In most subspecies of Moustached Parakeets, the males have red beaks and the females have black.

Nestorinae: Nestor Parrots aka Kaka aka New Zealand Kaka

The Kākā is a medium sized parrot, around 45 cm in length and weighing about 550 g, and is closely related to the Kea, but has darker plumage and is more arboreal.

Kakapo aka Owl Parrots

The Kakapos (Strigops habroptila) are large, flightlesd parrots that are found in New Zealand. It’ native range formerly encompassed most of the North, South and Stewart Islands; but nowadays, they are mostly found on the predator-free Codfish, Maud, and Little Barrier Islands.

Kakariki or Kākāriki

Their M?ori name “Kakriki” (translated “green”) refers to their mostly green plumage.

These brightly colored parakeets are found on many island groups in the South Pacific region. Sadly, these birds have suffered badly from habitat loss, alien (introduced) predators and possibly also exotic diseases.  

Kadavu Parrots or Crimson Shining Parrots

The Crimson Shining Parrot or Kadavu (splendens) is the most distinctive of Fiji’s colorful Shining Parrots. This parrot has a bright red and green plumage and a long tail. The head, neck, breast and belly are crimson-red. A broad blue collar extends across the back of the neck.

King Parrots

King Parrots are generally a hardy species, although they can become susceptible to stress when moved or exposed to new surroundings. Special care to provide the correct housing and nutrition must be taken to ensure this beautiful bird does not become susceptible to illness. In particular, King Parrots are highly susceptible to Bacillus infection that is toxic and invariably fatal, irrespective of veterinary attention.

Asiatic, African Parakeets / Ringneck or Long-tailed Parakeets

The vibrant and colorful ringneck parrots are visually appealing and tame easily. Most of them readily breed in captivity resulting in an ample supply of young birds for the pet trade.

Lovebirds – Detailed Information & Photos

They are small, stocky versions of parrots, with a short, blunt tail, and a large hooked upper beak.

Macaws: Detailed Information & Photos

All macaws have slim bodies, broad heads and long, pointed, graceful tails that are as long or longer than their bodies.

They have large, strong beaks, which earn them a high degree of respect, and serve them well in opening even the hardest of nuts.

Mallee Ringneck Parrots / Barnard’s Parakeets – aka Mallee Parrots

The Mallee Ringnecks (Barnardius zonarius barnardi or Barnardius barnardi) – also known as the Mallee Parrots — are native to south-eastern Australia (Queensland to South Australia). They are common in mallee scrub, open woodlands, where they blend extremely well with their surroundings. They are often seen in pairs or family groups feeding in branches or shrubs.

Mulga Parrots / Mulga Parakeets aka Many-Colors Parrots

The Mulga Parrots (Psephotus varius) are also commonly called Many-colored Parrots. The name “mulga” comes from their preferred vegetation type, while their common name is derived from the male’s colorful plumage.

Maroon-bellied Conures, Pyrrhura frontalis

The Maroon-bellied conure is a smaller bird with an approximate length of 9 – 10 inches (25 to 28cm).

The plumage is primarily green, with a maroon patch on the belly, a yellow-green barred (“scaly”) breast and front and sides of neck, brownish ear patch, black beak, and maroon undertail.

Maroon-fronted Parrots

he Maroon-fronted Parrot (Rhynchopsitta terrisi) is endemic to northern Mexico; specifically they can be found in the Sierra Madre Oriental in Nuevo León, Coahuila and Tamaulipas.

Mascarene Parrots

The Mascarene Parrot was a medium-sized bird, about as large as an Eclectus Parrot and of a similar shape, although less heavyset and with a longer tail. It was dark greyish brown on the upperside, lighter on the underside. The bases of the tail feathers were white, and the head was colored a medium lavender grey.

Masked Shining Parrots

Both adults look alike. This is a bright green parrot with a long tail and a striking orange-yellow breast and belly. They have a black face that merges into sooty-black towards the beak. There breast and upper abdomen are yellow turning to orange on the lower abdomen.

Maximilian’s Pionus aka Scaly-headed Pionus or Scaly Headed Parrot

The Maximilian’s Pionus (Pionus maximiliani) – also often referred to as Scaly-headed Parrot – is indigenous to Central-eastern South America. Their native range includes parts of Bolivia, Paraguay, Eastern Brazil, and Northern Argentina.

Mealy Amazon Parrot (Amazona farinosa)

The Mealy Parrot is endemic to tropical Central and South America. Its range stretches from southern Mexico south into south-eastern Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, northern Bolivia and eastern Brazil; where they inhabit the sparse Amazon Rainforest.

Meyer’s Parrots or Brown Parrots (Poicephalus meyeri)

This is a small and stocky African parrot, averaging 8 – 10 inches (21 – 25 cm) in length. Their wing length is about 5.5 to 6 inches (141 – 149 cm). They weigh about 3.5-4.7 oz or 100-135g.

Mindanao Hanging Parrots (Loriculus philippensis apicalisis)

This small hanging parrot averages 5.5 inches (~14 cm) in length.

Males have a red throat and breast patch, and their back is tinged gold-yellow. They look similar to the Worcester’s Hanging Parrot except the red breast patch is on average slightly smaller.

Luzon Racquet-tail Parrots or Mountain Racket-tailed Parrots

The general plumage is green. The throat, breast and abdomen are slightly more yellowish-green. The forehead, front of crown, lores (the regions between the eyes and bill on the side of a bird’s head) and foreparts of cheeks are dull blue with bases of all feathers green.

Mitred Conures (Aratinga mitrata) aka Red-headed Conures

The Mitred Conure is a relatively long-tailed species with a total length of 13 to 15 inches (34 to 38 cm). Their average weight is about 7 oz or 200 grams.   However, they may range in weight from 6.3-8.8 oz  (180-250 grams).

Modest Parrot, Madarasz’s Parrot or Painted Parrot

The Modest Parrot averages 5.5 inches or 14 cm in length.

Moluccan Hanging Parrots

This Hanging Parrot averages 4.5 inches (11 cm) in length, with a wing length of 2.75 – 3.3 inches (70 – 84 mm).

Amboina King Parrots aka Moluccan King-Parrot

These parrots can only be described as serene, sophisticated and strikingly beautiful due to their well-defined, bright coloration of their plumage.

Mountain Parakeets or Golden-fronted Parakeets

Mountain Parakeets (Psilopsiagon aurifrons), also known as Golden-fronted Parakeets, are an endangered species found in the coastal regions, adjacent western slopes of the Andes in central Peru, as well as parts of Argentina, Bolivia and Chile.

Mustached Parakeets aka Moustached

The Mustached / Moustached Parakeet is a medium-sized parrot, averaging 13 – 16 inches in length (33 – 40 cm) and weighing it at 100 to 130 grams at maturity.

Its most distinguishing feature is its moustache-like markings on the sides of its face, resembling a moustache. In most subspecies of Moustached Parakeets, the males have red beaks and the females have black.

Nestorinae – Kea

This parrot averages 19 inches or 48 cm in length. Both female and male Kea are alike in their dark olive-green coloration with each feather being edged with black. They have lighter feathers on the breast, belly and back.

Nestorinae: Nestor Parrots aka Kaka aka New Zealand Kaka

The Kākā is a medium sized parrot, around 45 cm in length and weighing about 550 g, and is closely related to the Kea, but has darker plumage and is more arboreal.

Neumann’s Ring-necked Parakeets

The Neumann’s Ringneck averages 17 ins (43 cm) in length, with a wing length of 6.5 – 7 ins (170 – 178 mm).

The Neumann’s Ringneck is sometimes confused with other Ringneck species, especially the popular Indian Ringneck.

New Caledonian Parakeets

It averages 6 cm or 10.25 inches in length, including tail. The wing length is about 114 – 135 mm or 4.5 – 5.25 inches.

It looks similar to the Red-fronted Parakeet; except the sides of the head, breast and abdomen are much more yellow. The red crown is paler. It is smaller in size.

Newton’s Parakeets / Rodriguez Ring-necked Parakeets

Newton’s Parakeet was 40 cm (16 in) long, about half of the length being the length of its tail feathers.

Its general appearance was similar to the extant Psittacula species, and it had the black collar characteristic of its genus; however, it differed by its slate blue, not green, plumage.

Orange-cheeked Parrots or Barraband’s Parrots

Barrabands average 10 inches (25 cm) in length – from head to tip of the tail.

The plumage is generally green. The head is black; the cheeks orange-yellow; the breast and throat olive-yellow; the thighs are yellow; the bend of wing and lesser wing-coverts are orange yellow-red.

Orange-chinned parakeets

The Orange-chinned Parakeet is a small parrot, averaging 7 to 7.2 inches (17.5 – 18 cm) in length and weighing around 2 oz (55 – 65 g).

The overall plumage is green and some of the wing feathers are brown/bronze. There is some brown on the shoulders, and blue on the wings.

Orange-fronted or Red-fronted Parakeet, Cyanoramphus malherbi

The Malherbe’s Parakeet is from 20 – 23 cm or 7.8 – 9 inches long (including the tail). Males usually weigh between 45 – 55 g; females between 38 – 50 g.

The plumage is mostly bright green with a distinctive orange frontal band (from eye to eye). The forecrown is pale lemon-yellow.

Uvea or Ouvea Parakeets

The Uvea Parakeet is a parrot found on the island of Ouvea in the Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia. It once ranged across other Loyalty Islands, but attempts to reintroduce this species to Lifou in 1925 and 1963 failed, as the reintroduced birds simply flew back to Ouvea. This being said, nesting success on Lifou is unlikely unless the ship rat populations are controlled.

Pale-headed or Blue-cheeked Rosellas

The Pale-headed Rosellas occur naturally along the northeastern and eastern seaboard of Australia, from Cape York throughout most of eastern Queensland to Southern New South Wales.

Parrotlets

Parrotlets are popular pets due to their compact size and playful personalities.

They are very intelligent and active and should have ample opportunities to play and exercise. Their personality is similar to that of the larger parrots and may be quite fearless of larger animals, including dogs, cats and larger parrots – which puts them at danger.

Philippine Hanging Parrots

The Philippine Hanging Parrot averages 5.5 inches (14 cm) in length. Its general plumage is green. The breast and abdomen are yellowish-green. They have a red forehead bordered by narrow yellow line. The forehead, front of the crown, throat patch, upper breast, the lower back and upper tail-coverts are red.

Pileated Parrots, Red-capped Parrots

The Pileated Parrot or Red-capped Parrot (Pionopsitta pileata) is endemic to north-eastern Argentina, South-eastern Brazil and Paraguay, where it can be found in subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forest areas.

Pionites – Caiques

The average length of an adult caique is 23 cm or 9 inches in length. They weight around 150 to 175 grams or 5.3 – 6.2 oz. Their average expected lifespan is 30 years.

Plain Parakeets

The Plain Parakeets (Brotogeris tirica) are endemic to, and common in, southern and eastern Brazil; its range stretching from southern Bahia to Sao Paulo west across southern Minas Gerais to southern Goias. They appear to be restricted to that area of South East Brazil that used to be covered in Atlantic Rain Forest.

Plum-crowned Parrots

This parrot is native to La Paz and Cochabamba in northern Bolivia, northeast to eastern Cajamarca and southwest Amazonas, northwest Peru. The populations are fragmented in their range and groups of them can be found in South Colombia, Northwest Venezuela and Ecuador, as well as Northwest and East Peru and Cochabamba.

Plum-headed Parakeets aka Plum Head

This is a green parrot, averaging 13 – 14 ins (33 – 35 cm) in length, with the tail accounting for about two thirds of the length. The male’s head is red, becoming purple-blue on the back of the crown, nape and cheeks. There is a narrow black neck collar and a black chin stripe.

Blue-bellied Parrots aka Purple-bellied Parrots

he Purple-bellied Parrots average 11.2 inches (28 cm) in length. Their general plumage is green – although the head, breast, abdomen and under tail-coverts are yellow cast. The chin and thighs have a faint bluish tinge.

Pionus – Red-backed Parrots

Pionus is a medium-sized parrot with a chunky body, bare eye ring, (which can vary in color) and a short tail. They are similar to Amazon parrots, but smaller.

Pygmy Parrots

The Pygmy Parrots of the subfamily Micropsittinae all belong to the genus Micropsitta. They are native to the tropical forests of New Guinea and nearby islands.They are the smallest members of the parrot family.

Pygmy Parrots are the smallest parrots in the world; followed by the Asian Hanging Parrots, the Fig Parrots (from Australia and New Guinea) and, last – but not the least – the well-known and popular African lovebirds and Australian Budgerigars.

Quaker (Monk) Parrot aka Grey-breasted Parakeet

Quaker Parrots are small parrots. They are about the length of a cockatiel, but with bulkier bodies. They measure 11 to 12 inches (28 – 30 cm) in length, including the long tail. Their wingspan is 19 – 20 inches (~48 – 53 cm). They weigh between 3 – 4.9 oz (90 – 139 g).

Racket-tailed Parrots

Racket-tailed parrots are easily distinguished from all other parrots by their elongated central tail feathers with the bare shaft and spatula at the end. Overall the plumage is green with more or less blue or red, specifes-specific highlights. Adult parrots average 30 cm in length.

Red Shining Parrots

The Red Shining-parrot (Prosopeia tabuensis) is endemic to the islands of Vanua Levu and Taveuni in Fiji. Most populations exist in or near the forests on the islands of Kadavu and Ono.

Red-billed Pionus or Coral-billed Pionus Parrot

The Red-billed Parrot averages 11 inches (28 cm) in length. The plumage is generally olive-green. The head is also olive-green except the feathers to the crown and back of the head are broadly edged with dark-blue.

Red-cheeked Parrots

As Red-cheeked (geoffroyus), but generally darker; reddish-brown patch to wing-coverts absent; blue crown and back of head extends to nape, there adjoining pale blue band; back variably tinged bronze-brown; breast and abdomen with bluish-green tinge; under wing-coverts darker blue; generally larger.

Red-crowned Parakeets or Kākāriki

The Red-crowned Parakeet was once widespread across the islands and mainland of New Zealand. It was extremely abundant during the 1880s and irruptions occurred in a number of locations due to their vulnerability to introduced species, particularly stoats, rats and possums.

Red-lored Amazon Parrots aka Yellow-cheek Amazon Parrots

The Red-lored Amazon averages 12 – 13.6 inches (30 to 35 cm) in length (including tail) with a wingspan from 15 to 17 inches (38 to 43 cm). The average weight is 310-480g.

Asiatic, African Parakeets / Ringneck or Long-tailed Parakeets

The vibrant and colorful ringneck parrots are visually appealing and tame easily. Most of them readily breed in captivity resulting in an ample supply of young birds for the pet trade.

Rodriguez Parrots

The Rodrigues Parrot (Necropsittacus rodericanus) is an extinct species of parrot which once lived on the Mascarene island of Rodrigues. It is known from subfossil bones and the 1708 description of Leguat as well as the 1726 report of Julien Tafforet.

Rose-faced Parrots

The Rose-faced Parrot averages 9 to 9.5 inches (23 – 34 cm) in length and weighs around 7.1 to 7.3 oz. The plumage of both males and females is mainly green.

Rose-ringed Parakeets

The Rose-ringed Parakeets (Psittacula krameri) – also known as Ring-necked Parakeets – are endemic to Northern and West Africa in Guinea, Senegal and southern Mauretania east to western Uganda and southern Sudan; as well as Southern Asia (depending on the sub-species).

Rüppell’s Parrots, Ruppel’s or Rueppel’s Parrots

The Rueppell’s Parrot or Rüppell’s Parrot (Poicephalus rueppellii) is endemic in Southwestern Africa, specifically central Namibia and southwest Angola to Luanda. They are usually seen in small flocks of up to 20 – but more can congregate in areas where food is plentyful.

Rusty-faced Parrots (Hapalopsittaca / Hapalopsittica)

Size: Rusty-faced parrots are generally chunky and average 23 cm or 9 inches in length (including the tail).

Saffron-headed Parrots

The Saffron-headed Parrot averages 9.5 – 9.6 inches (~24 cm) in length. The plumage is generally green, except the head and the throat that feature a bright yellow coloration.

Santarm Tui Parakeets

The Santarém Tui Parakeets is a little smaller than the nominate Tui Parakeet, averaging 6 inches (16 cm) in length. Although other than small difference in size, they look like the nominate species, but they have a variably marked stripe behind eye.

Senegal Parrots aka Yellow-vented Parrots

The Senegal Parrots (Poicephalus senegalus senegalus) are probably the best known and most popular members of the entire Poicephalus family, which includes Meyer’sRed-bellied, and Jardine’s Parrots.

Short-tailed Parrots or Sharp-tailed Parrots

The Short-tailed Parrot occurs naturally in the rain forest of the tropical zone, with populations existing along both sides of the Amazon river in northernmost Brazil, south-eastern Colombia, eastern Ecuador and eastern Peru.

Singing Parrots or Yellow-headed Parrots

The Singing Parrot averages ~9.75 to 10 inches (~25 cm) in length, from head to the tip of the tail; and weighs around 5.6 to 6.8 oz (160-195g).

Slaty-headed Parakeets

The slaty-headed parakeet averages 15.5 – 16 inches (~40 cm) in length, with the tail being ~ 6 to 7 inches (~158 to 178 mm) long. Slatyheads are bigger than Plumheads. The hens are slightly smaller than the cock, the body approximately the same size as that of an Eastern Rosella.

Slender-billed Conures aka Long-billed Conures

Slender-billed Conures average 15-16 inches in length. The general plumage is generally olive green. Their forehead, crown and neck feathers are edged with brownish black.

Nestorinae: Nestor Parrots aka Kaka aka New Zealand Kaka

Greenish-brown; forehead, crown and nape greyish-white, sometimes feathers tipped dull green; neck and abdomen brownish-red, hind-neck more crimson and with yellow and dark-brown margins

The Greater Vasa Parrots

The Greater Vasa Parrot (Coracopsis vasa) is one of the most unusual parrots in the world; and their popularity has grown amongst aviculturalists and the pet bird owners.

Tui Parakeets

The Tui Parakeet (Brotogeris sanctithomae) is found along the entire length of the Amazon River, as well as its tributaries – specifically the Amazon range of Brazil to eastern Ecuador and northern Bolivia.

Vulturine Parrots

The Vulturine Parrot has a total length of ca. 23 – 24 cm (9.2 – 9.5 in). It has a rather short, squarish tail, and a mainly green plumage, which typically is tinged blue, especially below. The chest is olive-brown.

White-crowned Pionus or White-crowned Parrot (pionus senilis)

The White-crowned Pionus or White-crowned Parrot (pionus senilis) is endemic to western Panama to south-eastern Mexico in San Luis Potosi and southern Tamaulipas, mainly along Pacific slopes.

White-headed Pionus or Speckle-faced Parrot

The White-headed Parrot averages 12 inches (30 cm) in length. Its plumage is mostly green. The forehead and crown are whitish-grey with salmon-colored edging.

White-winged or Canary-winged Parakeets

Canary-winged parakeets are small stocky parakeets – about 8.5 to 10 inches (21 to 25 cm) long — nearly half of its length (4.3 inches or 10.8 cm) is made up by its pointed tail. They are slightly larger than grey-cheek parakeets and lovebirds.

Yellow-chevroned Parakeets

These parakeets are 8 – 9 inches long (20 – 25cm) and weigh around 2.5 oz (72 g). They are slightly bigger than its cousin, the greycheek, and a little larger than the popular lovebird.

Yellow-faced Parrots

These parrots average 10.5 ins (27 cm) in length. Their plumage is mostly green, edged with dark green.

Yellow-crowned Parakeets or Yellow-fronted Parakeets

These small, bright green parakeets are 23 – 25 cm or ~9 – 9.2 inches long (including the tail). The plumage is mainly green. The breast, abdomen and under tail fathers are yellowish-green.

Yellow-throated Hanging Parrots, also known as Coryllis À Gorge Jaune

This hanging parrot averages 4.5 inches (12 cm) in length. Its plumage is mostly yellowish-green, with a yellow patch on its throat. The lower back and upper tail-coverts are red.