26 Different Types of Green Parrots Found in the Wild and Captivity

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The amazing green parrots come in different varieties, some of which you have never heard of. Here are 26 different types of green parrots found in the wild and in captivity.

According to Wikipedia, The predominant color of plumage in parrots is green.

However, entirely green parrots are rare, as other shades are usually mixed into the feathers, creating a colorful rainbow that makes each bird unique.

Green parrots come in many different species, and budgies, lovebirds, Amazon parrots, and the male Eclectus are the most well-known green parrots.

The color of parrot feathers isn’t green. The illusion of green is only created as a result of light waves refracting and bending. A parrot’s color is also influenced by melanin.

Now, here are 26 different types of green parrots that you can find both in the wild and captivity.

26 Different Types of Green Parrots

1. Budgerigar

Budgies are the world’s most popular pet bird. Because they’re small and have short life spans, they’re ideal for beginners. It’s also simple to train them.

Budgies only have green as their natural color. On their heads and bodies, there are also yellow flashes.

Budgies in blue, white, and other colors are bred for the pet trade and are not found in the wild.

Despite their small size, budgies can take up words and phrases quickly and even use them in context.

They’re also cheap to keep, which makes them excellent for families with children.

LENGTH: 6 to 8 inches

WEIGHT: 1 ounce

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS: Green abdomen; black and yellow back; yellow head; dark blue tail; mutations include blue, yellow, white, and gray

2. Male Eclectus

The male Eclectus is one of the most striking green parrots.

The Eclectus is sexually dimorphic, which means you can tell the gender of the bird by looking at its plumage.

You’ve probably seen a male Eclectus if you’ve seen a large, bright green parrot with a noticeable orange beak.

These birds are incredibly social and friendly, but if they are neglected, they can become stressed.

Females are generally bright red.

LENGTH: 17 to 20 inches

WEIGHT: 13 to 19 ounces

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS: Primarily emerald green, red and blue underwings, and orange beak (male)

3. Quaker Parrot

Quaker parakeet, monk parrot, and monk parakeet are all names for the same parrot.

Myiopsitta monachus is the scientific name for this bird.

The Quaker parrot is native to South America. The head, wings, and back of an adult parrot are bright green.

Their breasts, cheeks, and throats are gray, while their flight feathers are blue. Their tails are light green on the underside.

The gray section on the front of their neck looks like an old-fashioned Quaker bib, hence the name “Quaker parrot”.

Although Quaker parrots are illegal in some states, they make excellent pets.

They’re active and require a lot of attention, yet they enjoy conversation and games.

They have a larger-than-life personalities and enjoy chatting with their owners and relatives.

LENGTH: 11 to 12 inches

WEIGHT: 3 to 5 ounces

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS: Greenhead, wings, and body; gray breast, cheeks, and throat; blue flight feathers; mutations include blue, albino, cinnamon, lutino, and pied

4. Lovebird

The lovebirds are one of the smallest parrot species.

Their feathers are blunt and short, and they have a stocky body.

They’re primarily green, with a variety of other colors on their upper bodies.

Pocket parrots are what lovebirds are also known as.

They’re kind and affectionate, but they also have a playful side, as their name suggests.

They build strong bonds with their owners and can be cuddly pets if properly cared for.

It is for this reason that they are so well-known.

Lovebirds mate for life and pine for each other.

Despite this, having a pair is not required; they however do sometimes do better in captivity with a companion.

LENGTH: 5 to 7 inches

WEIGHT: 2 ounces

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS: Short tail; somewhat stocky build; many color varieties, including green, blue, peach, yellow, and white; the face and body usually bear different colors

5. Amazon Parrot

One of the most popular green parrots is the Amazon parrot.

The majority of them have a brilliant green body and distinctive markings on their head and forehead.

The color of the feathers varies depending on the species.

Amazons thrive when they are made the center of attention.

They enjoy spending time with their owners outside of their cage since they are playful and curious.

They can, however, become aggressive and nibble at fingers if not properly trained.

Unfortunately, the pet trade has put Amazon parrots in jeopardy prohibiting the capture of wild parrots.

As a result, they can only be acquired from reputable breeders which have driven up the price in recent years.

LENGTH: 15 to 17 inches

WEIGHT: 16 to 23 ounces

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS: Green body; yellow head; red at the wing bend; tan beak; white rings around the eyes (double yellow-headed Amazon)

6. Indian Ringneck Parakeet

The Indian ringneck parakeet has bright lime green feathers underneath its wings and yellow feathers on its back.

They occasionally have blue tail feathers.

Red beaks, black markings on the face, and neck coloring distinguish male Indian redneck parakeets.

These characteristics are not found in females.

Because they become bored easily, Indian ringneck parakeets can be a bit aggressive and nippy.

To keep them entertained, they need a lot of toys and puzzles to play with.

They also chew objects and become destructive if they are not given enough attention.

With the right training, they can be sweet pets who create close ties with their owners.

LENGTH: 14 to 17 inches

WEIGHT: 4 ounces

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS: Green plumage; blue tail; yellow underwings; males have black and rose rings around their necks.

7. Senegal Parrot

Senegal parrots are found in western Africa’s woodlands. They are entertaining pets that breed well in captivity.

They have a gray head with a green chest and wings. On their bellies, they have a red, orange, or yellow V-shaped patch.

Senegalese parrots are calm and collected and are one of the quietest pet birds out there.

Though these parrots are quieter than most parrots, they can talk and mimic humans.

Because of their small size, they make excellent pets for those who live in apartments or small houses.

They won’t bother the neighbors since they don’t produce as much noise.

8. Male Eclectus Parrot

The male Eclectus parrot is bright emerald green in color, with red and blue feathers beneath its wings.

Females, on the other hand, are mostly bright red.

Their feathers are fluffy and fuzzy, and they look soft to touch.

Eclectus parrots are entertaining pets that get along well with kids.

They’re gentle and loving, but they can be upset by loud noises.

Since they enjoy being active, they require a lot of space due to their size.

If you’re lucky enough to have one, make sure you give it plenty of room to fly around outside its cage.

9. Green-Cheeked Conure

Green-cheeked conures are a rainbow of beautiful colors.

Their backs, wings, chest, neck, and cheeks are all covered in varying colors of green feathers.

They have red, white, and blue spots on their bodies, making them a stunningly beautiful parrot breed.

When handled from a young age, they’re easygoing and affectionate, and they enjoy spending time with their owner.

They’re also one of the quietest parrot species, which is ideal for an apartment or terraced housing pet owners.

However, most green-cheeked conures never talk.

Fortunately, green-cheeked conures are easy to train, so show them how to perform tricks.

LENGTH: 10 to 11 inches

WEIGHT: 2 to 3 ounces

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS: Predominantly green; olive cheek patches; gray breast and head; maroon tail; blue flight feathers; mutations include turquoise, yellow, and cinnamon

10. Painted Parakeet

The painted parakeet is also called the painted conure.

It is primarily green, with a maroon-red belly and tail tip, as well as blue patches on the head and body.

They also have a scaly breast that resembles a reptilian.

Painted parakeets are peaceful and sweet-natured birds that are rarely seen in captivity.

They have a lot of energy and enjoy playing games.

They require a large cage that allows them to walk around because they are active birds.

Bathing is also something they like, and it may be added to the parrot’s weekly routine.

11. Pacific Parrotlet

Pacific parrotlets are the smallest parrots, only reaching a length of 4.5 – 5.5 inches.

They live in Central and South American tropical rainforests.

Most Pacific parrotlets are bright green.

Male parrotlets have bright blue splashes on their backs and behind their eyes, unlike females.

Some color mutations, ranging from blue and albino and many shades in between, can occur.

Pacific parrotlets are expensive to maintain despite their small size and they must be handled daily to become tamed.

They’re good at keeping themselves busy, but they don’t like being left alone for long periods.

If they’re not observed when they’re out of their cage, they’re prone to accidents and injuries.

LENGTH: 4 to 5 inches

WEIGHT: 1 ounce

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS: Greenhead and body; blue on the back and behind eyes; mutations include blue, yellow, and white

12. Spectacled Parrotlet

Spectacled parrotlets have green feathers all over, that gets lighter towards the tail. 

They feature rose beaks and feet, as well as blue circles around the eyes.

Spectacled parrotlets are one of the smallest parrot breeds standing at only 5 inches tall.

They’re affectionately known as pocket parrots as a result of this.

They’re also wonderful for first-time pet owners because they’re quiet and easy to care for, and they’re healthy birds with few ailments.

They can learn simple tricks, but most people adore them because they burrow into blankets and cuddle up to their owners.

13. Scarlet-Shouldered Parrotlet

Scarlet-shouldered parrotlets, also known as red-winged parrotlets, are green with brown and yellow tones on the head and forehead.

They have a blue and red shoulder, which is sometimes hidden but visible while the bird is flying.

They can be found in rainforests and deforested woodlands.

They’re shy and quiet birds who often appear out of nowhere in trees.

They’re not common pet parrots because they’re another rare bird.

They’ve been impacted by deforestation and habitat loss in recent years, which has resulted in a huge reduction in their population.

14. Australian Ringneck Parrot

Australian ringneck parrots are almost entirely green with thick yellow bands around the neck.

The Australian ringneck has four subspecies and the plumage of all of them is green with varying degrees of yellow, red, and turquoise.

They’re most commonly found in pairs or small groups in open forests or areas with a lot of trees.

They’re intelligent birds that can become tame and affectionate with proper handling.

They also learn tricks quickly and like showing them.

They do, however, require a large number of toys to keep them busy, especially the ones that they can chew.

To keep them from engaging in destructive activities, choose wooden toys.

15. Yellow Naped Amazons

Yellow-naped Amazons are one of the most popular Amazon species due to their outgoing personalities.

The yellow-naped Amazon is a stout green bird with a black beak and a characteristic bright yellow patch on its nape (the back of its neck).

It may have a few tiny yellow feathers on the head or around the neck, but for the most part, this bird is a shimmering green.

The tail is short with a band of reddish and dark green across the middle of the underside.

Yellow napes can be talkative and want toys that are both physically and psychologically challenging.

They also enjoy interacting with their pairs a lot.

The yellow-naped Amazon is one of the most commonly kept Amazons due to its renowned talking ability and widespread availability.

They are popular pets, but like any bird, have their quirks and idiosyncrasies which is an important thing to consider when looking for a long-lived pet like an Amazon.

16. Red-Shouldered Macaw

Red-shouldered macaws, also known as Hahn’s macaws, are small and compact birds.

They are one of the smallest and most popular macaw parrots.

They have many turquoise or aqua feathers on the top of their heads and are mostly bright green.

Their name comes from the bright red feathers that are located underneath their wings.

A red-shouldered macaw forms strong bonds with its owner.

Aside from being entertaining to watch, these birds are spirited and full of personality.

And despite being small, they are loud and prone to high pitch screaming.

17. Red-Fronted Macaw

Green parrots with red patches on the head, ears, and wing bend are known as red-fronted macaws.

They’re native to south-central Bolivia’s east-Andean slopes.

Habitat destruction, illicit capture for the pet trade, and firewood cutting are all threats to red-fronted macaws in the wild.

Goat overgrazing has reduced the parrot’s source of food.

If you’re thinking about getting a red-fronted macaw as a pet, make sure it isn’t a wild capture and that it has been properly bred through a reputable breeding program.

They’re difficult to find as pets, and they’re more commonly found in zoos as part of a conservation program.

18. Military Macaw

Military macaws are mostly green all over.

The top of the head is brighter, with olive-green feathers on the body.

Their flight and tail feathers are pale blue and yellow. A bright red flash of color is usually visible above their beak.

The parrot is a threatened species and is found in Mexico and South America.

They’re known for their pleasant nature and balanced temperament.

Military macaws are easy to teach and are eager to learn new tricks. 

They don’t appreciate being left alone for long periods and might get nippy and aggressive as a result.

Also, watch your behavior around them as they pick up on their owners’ moods and reflect it back to them.

19. Great Green Macaw

Lime-green feathers and a red forehead distinguish great green Macaws.

Their lower back and upper tail are likewise adorned with pale blue feathers.

The rest of the tail is a brown-red color with a soft blue tip.

It is uncommon to have them as pets.

They’re occasionally bred in captivity, but because they’re one of the few parrots seen outside of the wild, they’re quite expensive.

They fly in pairs or small groups of up to eight parrots.

They’re also loud birds, which can be heard from a long distance.

As a result, they should not be maintained in homes with thin walls or close to their neighbors.

20. Edward’s Fig Parrot

Indonesia and north-eastern New Guinea are home to Edward’s fig parrot. It lives in moist hill woods and tropical forests.

Edwards’s fig parrots are small green parrots with blue and yellow patches.

They have a violet-blue horizontal stripe on the chest and a greenish-blue flash under their eyes.

The males have a red breast that begins to appear around the age of ten months. This is not something that females have.

In the pet trade, Edward’s fig parrots are uncommon.

They do, however, make wonderful parents, and they become caring and affectionate when hand-reared.

21. Short-Tailed Parrot

Short-tailed parrots, which can be found along the Amazon River’s banks, are one of the noisiest parrot species.

They’re medium-sized birds with short, stubby tails and uniform bright green feathers.

Around the wings, the feathers are a lighter green color and they fly in huge flocks of up to 50 birds.

Short-tailed parrots are also social birds that enjoy interacting with other birds in their natural habitat.

You’ll be lucky to find one as a pet because they’re quite rare in captivity.

21. Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot

The Sri Lanka hanging parrot is a little bird with bright green feathers and a short, stubby tail.

The nape and back are both tinged with a soft orange color.

Males and females both have a red bill and rump, but males additionally have a red crown.

Outside of the breeding season, they usually live alone or in small groups.

They have a recognized whistle, and they fly quickly, zipping to their location.

Sadly, because of their small size, Sri Lankan hanging parrots are easy prey for larger predator birds, reducing their numbers in the wild.

22. Thick-Billed Parrot

Thick-billed parrots are apple green in color, which allows them to blend in with the pine needles they find in their natural habitat in northern Mexico.

The top of the wing and around the leg has a bright red stripe.

The underside of the wing has a flash of yellow, while the underside of the tail is jet black.

In the wild, thick-billed parrots maintain a strict pecking order.

Climate change, hawk predation, and the illicit pet trade are all threatening their survival.

As a result, thick-billed parrots are more commonly found in zoos.

23. Blue-Bellied Parrot

Blue-bellied parrots can be found in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest.

They have bright green feathers, long tails, and a white beak.

The breed’s name comes from a blue-purple patch on the male’s belly.

Females are completely green from head to toe.

Unfortunately, due to habitat loss and capture for the illegal pet trade, the species is near-threatened.

As a result, you’re unlikely to see reputable sources of blue-bellied parrots as pets.

24. Scaly-Breasted Lorikeet

The scaly-breasted lorikeet is a forest bird native to eastern Australia.

Their feathers are a blend of yellow and bright green, and when combined, they resemble scales, hence the name.

The crown and sides of the head are bright green with blue undertones.

The diet of Scaly-breasted lorikeets must be high in moisture. As a result, their feces is frequently messy and watery. 

They’re high-maintenance birds since they require frequent cleaning to avoid bacterial infections.

Scaly-breasted lorikeets can be aggressive, and they don’t perform well in large aviaries. So, keep them in single pairs to prevent this.

25. Maroon-Bellied Conure

Maroon-bellied conures are one of the popular parrots out there.

The primary color is green, which gets darker on the wings and back.

The belly is a lighter shade of green.

The feathers underneath the tail are a fascinating blend of blue, purple, and crimson.

Two parallel patches of a soft crimson color usually appear on the lower abdomen.

It is one of the quietest parrot breeds, and also one of the friendliest.

They enjoy exploring small nooks and crannies and also like to roam and wander freely outside of their cage.

They can get lost and hide in little spaces because they’re so small, so they need to be monitored while they’re out of their pen.

26. Little Lorikeet

Mostly green in color, little lorikeets have a striking red face, affectionately known as their mask.

Yellow feathers can be found on the shoulders, back of the neck, and tail of some.

They are affectionate and sweet birds who enjoy connecting with their owners.

They can learn tricks, but they tend to escape their cage, which is made easier by their small size.

They can become territorial and jealous when kept in a cage with other birds, especially other little lorikeets.

They’re also noisy birds, having a shrill, high-pitched tone that some owners find irritating. They can talk well and can mimic some words and phrases.

Why Are Parrots Green in Color?

Parrots appear green in color because of the light that hits the feather’s structures and reflects off them. Due to this light-scattering process, the illusion of green is created.

Research shows that green feathers have spongy cells that reflect blue-green light. A blue-absorbing pigment that acts as a short wavelength filter restricts the wavelength range of the reflected light. This results in green feathers.

Science illustrates how melanin and feather structure also affect a parrot’s coloring.

The amount of melanin in a parrot’s feathers affects its brightness and darkness.

Red, yellow, and orange feathers are produced by carotenoids. Plants provide them to parrots and other birds.

When pigments combine with melanin, they produce a broader spectrum of colors, including the various green shades found on parrots.

Which green parrot can talk?

The best talking green parrot is the Yellow Naped Amazons. Just like the African Grey, they utilize the largest vocabulary of human words. However, know that most of the green parrots (if not all) can talk.

Is a green parrot a good pet?

Green parrots like every other parrot can make good pets because they’re intelligent, affectionate, entertaining, full of personality, and have beautiful-colored feathers.

However, if you are a beginner pet owner, it is better to start with beginner-friendly green parrots that are small, friendly, and easy to train, like the budgie.

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