Different Types of Parrots (Top 13 breed to Keep as Pets)

Parrots belong to the order Psittaciformes, with almost 350 species worldwide. Each type has its unique features that differentiate them from others. They come in various shapes and sizes. Some types of parrots are highly intelligent and socialize, while some are colorful. 

Moreover, they are beautiful, expressive, and vocal birds who are incredible entertainers and can easily understand human speech. They are fun to have around the home.

Since many species of parrots are present, here in this article, we will focus on those types of parrots that are kept as pets. 

So, if you want unmatched companionship and an ultimate pet experience, keep reading! 

Parakeet Budgies

  • Species: Psittacus
  • Weight: 30-40 grams
  • Length: 7-8 inches 
  • Lifespan: 7-15 years 
  • Also Known As: 

parakeet budgies

Parakeet Budgies are one of the smallest parrots around the globe, and people love to have them in large numbers. These are seed-eating birds, so having them in your homes is an easy and budget-friendly option. Moreover, the color combination provides an eye-soothing effect. They breed in every season; therefore, they have high demand in the trading market. 


  • Species: Psittacus Cacatua
  • Weight: 300- 1200 grams 
  • Length: 12-24 inches 
  • Lifespan: 10-15 years 
  • Also Known As Velcro Birds


Have you ever heard about Velcro Birds? Cockatoos is well-known for its easy to get tamed and friendly nature. One can never deny the beauty and charm of Cockatoos because of their splendid colors— white, grey, pink, and black. The prominent crest feathers make it look more beautiful. So, if you like affectionate large birds, they’re the best parrots that make great pets. 

African Grey Parrot

  • Species: Psittacus erithacus
  • Weight: 311- 538 grams 
  • Length: 9-14 inches 
  • Lifespan: 80 years
  • Also Known As: Ghana, Cameroon

affrican grey parrot

Along with many types of parrots, African Grey parrots are one of the most beautiful parrots in the world. They have a close resemblance to pigeons. However, the bright red tail, orange eyes, and created patterns on feathers give an astonishing look. They are brilliant types of parrots who can mimic human voices easily due to their ability to learn. But they are easily stressed, so they require a peaceful living environment.  


  • Species: Psittacus Cacatua
  • Weight: 80-125 grams 
  • Length: 12-13 inches 
  • Lifespan: 10-15 Years 
  • Also Known As Weero, Weiro, Quarrion 


Cockatiels are small parrots and belong to the cockatoos family. They have a beautiful color combination, which gives a mesmerizing look. They can easily mimic human voices and household noises like doorbells, telephone rings, microwaves, and whistles. You also realize Cockatiel’s feelings and behaviors through the crest’s movement.  


  • Species: Psittacus Ara
  • Weight: 900-1300 grams 
  • Length: 30-34 inches 
  • Lifespan: 30-50 years 
  • Also Known As the giant of the Parrot world 


Macaws are one of the colorful and stunning types of large parrots you’re looking for. Meanwhile, there are also different types of parrot Macaw; each has a unique feathering style and color of yellow, green, red, and blue. Macaw parrots also have special abilities, such as reading the owner’s facial expressions and solving problems using various tools. Its giant size demands high attention and supervision. 

Amazon Parrot

  • Species: Amazona auropalliata
  • Weight: 190-565 grams 
  • Length: 10-16 inches 
  • Lifespan: 70 years 
  • Also Known As Amazona, Amazon

amazon parrot

Clever, intelligent, and affectionate, whatever word you can use to describe an Amazon parrot. They come in various colors and sizes, so one can choose according to their needs and preferences. They can efficiently perform complicated tasks and intimate human voices, and quickly learn complete songs. Amazon parrots are excellent for trainable and attractive birds but only for experienced parrot owners. 

Ring Necked Parakeet

  • Species: Psittacus krameri
  • Weight: 90-140 grams 
  • Length: 16 inches
  • Lifespan: 30 years 
  • Also Known As Indian Ringed Parrot 

ring nacked parakeet

If you are craving talking parrots, ring-necked parrots are the best among many. They are hardy and intelligent birds but tampered and quiet compared to other talking birds. However, readily available in the market. Therefore, it is also known as a budget-friendly parrot. However, these parrots require regular interaction with their owner for more significant learning. 

Love Birds

  • Species: Agapornis swindernianus
  • Weight: 40-60 grams 
  • Length: 5-7 inches
  • Lifespan: 15-25 years
  • Also Known As: Pocket parrots

love birds

These tiny lovebirds are petite and compact as compared to other species. Their loving nature is hidden in their name, so they develop strong relationships with their partner and owner. Loving birds cannot mimic human voices, but they are great entertainers. They learn little tricks with little effort. So if you want a loving bird with a cute nature, then love birds are best. 


  • Species: Pacific parrotlet 
  • Weight: 33 grams 
  • Length: 5 inches 
  • Lifespan: 15-20 years 
  • Also Known As Pocket Parrot


Parrotlets are the world’s tiniest species and parrot family in various shapes and sizes. Each type has its characteristics, but all have a spunky and friendly nature. They have a more remarkable socializing ability. Therefore, pet owners require plenty of time to spend with them. They can mimic human voices and learn to talk but, to a certain extent, resemble Amazon parrots, which means they have hilarious personalities.  

Sun Conure

  • Species: Aratinga solstitialis 
  • Weight: 100-120 grams 
  • Length:  12 inches 
  • Lifespan: 15-30 years 
  • Also Known As Sun parakeet

Sun Conure

Have you heard the loud calls of birds from miles away? Then it must be Sun Conure, as they have immense vocals. As indicated by the name, sun conure is clothed with every color. The head, crest, chest, and wings have orange, yellow, and red colors, while the tail has green and blue. Add icing to the cake; the flying feather provides a more astonishing look with contrasting colors.  

Monk Parakeet

  • Species: Myiopsitta monachus 
  • Weight: 100 grams 
  • Length: 11-12 inches 
  • Lifespan: 20-30 years 
  • Also Known As Quaker Parakeet

monk parakeet

A seed-eating tiny type of parrot commonly found in South America and its neighboring countries. It is also known as a Quaker parakeet, as it can learn and speak multiple words and phrases.  It has a large grey head and breasts with a pale pink bill. Monk Parakeets love to live in large colonies and build their nest on high trees or power transformers in city lake cities. However, they are best kept in pairs; otherwise, you need a lot of time spent with them. 

Eclectus Parakeet

  • Species: Psittacus roratus
  • Weight: 311- 538 grams
  • Length: 12-14 inches
  • Lifespan: 20-30 years
  • Also Known As Singing birds

Eclectus Parakeet

Do you love singing birds? If yes, the Eclectus parrot is an excellent option as they learn and sing songs with great clarity. However, this type of parrot is different from others, as they are dimorphic, which means the males differ from females. The male is always green, while the female is red. Training the male parakeet is easy as compared to females. But both of them are great mimickers. 

Alexandrine Raw Parrot

  • Species: Psittacus eupatria
  • Weight: 260 grams 
  • Length: 14 inches 
  • Lifespan: 25-30 years 
  • Also Known As Alexander the Great

Alexandrine Raw Parrot

The Alexandrine Raw Parrot has been a famous pet in India and Sri Lanka for centuries. They have long, elegant tails, red patches on their shoulders, and massive red beaks with yellow tips. They are highly loving and passionate birds that mimic human voices easily. They are noisy and loud, so if you have neighbors, think of other options.


What are two basic types of Parakeets? 

There are two types of parakeets: blue and green.  You can find each parakeet with these two basic colors.  

How May Types of Parakeets Are There? 

There are almost 115 species of parakeets.  They are small,  have splendor bodies and long tails, and socialize like parrots.  

Which Colors Of Parakeets are Rare? 

  • Texas clear body
  • Feather duster
  • Purple 
  • Anthracite
  • Blue

Can I Put 2 Parakeets in One Cage? 

Parakeets are social birds; they enjoy the company of other fellows. It is a common observation that a pair lives more happily than a single bird.  

Choose Any Type of Parrot: 

To conclude, every parrot is unique and has its characteristics. So you can choose any type of parrot according to your choice and preference.

However, if you want a beautiful parrot breed, go for the African Parrot, but if you wish for a tinny parrot with good singing, then Eclectus parakeet is the best option.

Furthermore, many other types of parrots can talk or mimic human words. Some larger parrot species with unique color patterns and parrots with great learning and problem-solving skills. So, whichever you choose, do proper research before purchasing among the greatest diversity of parrots.

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