8 main species of colorful parrots

The bright feathers of a parrot are often the first thing that draws people to bird ownership. Birds come in a wide range of colours and patterns, whether you’re seeking for a red, green, blue, or purple partner. 

However, vividly coloured plumage isn’t the only characteristic to consider when adopting a bird. These parrots are intelligent, gregarious, active, and boisterous creatures who require constant attention. Here are eight of the most colourful parrot species to consider if you’re looking for a feathered companion.

It’s possible that your bird’s feathers have become dull due to regular shedding. It could also be an indication of a nutritional deficiency or another medical issue, so consult a veterinarian if something doesn’t seem right.

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Eclectus Parrot

Eclectus Parrots

The eclectus parrot is unique for displaying extreme sexual dimorphism where the male and female birds look very different from each other. Male eclectus parrots have bright emerald green feathers on their body, wings and tail. They have a contrasting bright orange or yellow beak and orange feet.

Meanwhile, female eclectus parrots have mostly red and purple plumage. Their feathers are a vibrant reddish-purple color on the body and tail. And their beak and feet are black. So together the male and female make a very colorful pair. Eclectus parrots originate from the Solomon Islands, Australia, New Guinea and nearby islands.

Species summary

Length: 17 to 20 inches

Weight: 13 to 19 ounces

Physical characteristics: Mainly emerald green, red and blue under wings, and orange bill (male); mainly bright red, blue on chest and tail, and black bill (female)

Sun Conure

Sun Conure

The sun conure is a brightly colored, medium-sized parrot native to northeastern South America. They are named for their vibrant plumage – bright yellow with orange markings on the chest, head, and wings. Their tails and wingtips are dark blue.

Energetic and playful, sun conures thrive when given lots of safe toys for chewing and shredding. They are quite social and form strong bonds with owners when given ample attention and interaction daily. Their high-pitched screeches and screaming can be loud but can be curtailed through training.

Species summary

Length: 12 inches

Weight: 4 to 5 ounces

Physical Characteristics: Bright orange, yellow and red with green and blue reflections; black bill and feet; white circles around the eyes.

Green-Cheeked Conure

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Slightly smaller relatives of sun conures, green-cheeked conures originate from South America as well. As their name denotes, one of their most distinguishing features is a patch of bright green feathers on their cheeks. They also have green wings and tail, with more yellowish-green on the crown and belly.

While they love to climb and play, green-cheek conures tend to be less noisy than other parrot varieties. They can learn to talk or whistle and enjoy interacting with their owners. With proper socialization from a young age, they generally become quite tame and affectionate pets.

Scarlet Macaw

Scarlet Macaw

he scarlet macaw is considered one of the most colorful parrots in the world. As their name suggests, scarlet macaws have bright red plumage covering most of their body. The wings have yellow and royal blue coloration. Their long tail feathers are a mix of red, yellow and blue.

Scarlet macaws have a large, curved beak that is white in color. Their facial area is white with small, bare patches of skin around the eyes. This gives them almost a “clown face” type of appearance.

These large, Amazon rainforest-dwelling parrots put their bright colors on full display when taking flight. Scarlet macaws like to gather in noisy, squawking groups, using their plumage to attract mates.

Species summary

Length: 31 to 38 inches

Weight: 32 to 39 ounces

Blue and Gold Macaw

Blue and Gold Macaw

The blue-and-yellow macaw is another beautifully colored, large macaw species. As you can guess from the name, the feathers of the blue-and-yellow macaw contain a vibrant mix of rich cobalt blue and bright golden yellow. The blue covers most of the body, wings and tail, while the yellow is mainly on the chest/underbelly area.

Like the scarlet macaw, blue-and-yellow macaws have a large curved beak, facial patches and long tail feathers which complete their aesthetic as an eye-catching, tropical bird. These parrots originate from the forests and woodlands of Central and South America.

Species summary

Length: 30 to 36 inches

Weight: 28 to 46 ounces

Physical Characteristics: Green forehead fades to teal on nape, back, tail, and wings; yellow chest and underside of wings; big black beak

Lilac Crowned Amazon

Lilac Crowned Amazon

Lilac-crowned Amazons are green on the majority of their bodies with a rich lilac on top of their heads, as do most Amazon parrots. These birds are inquisitive and lively, and they require a lot of mental and physical activity. They build deep ties with their carers and love to socialise for several hours each day.

Species summary


Length: 12 to 14 inches
Weight: 11 ounces

Hyacinth Macaw

Hyacinth Macaws (Blue Parrots)

The hyacinth macaw is the largest species of parrot, known for its striking cobalt blue plumage. Native to central and eastern South America, these parrots inhabit tropical rainforests and woodlands.

The hyacinth macaw has a gentle personality but requires an experienced owner. They form very strong bonds and can be quite demanding of attention. Due to their powerful beaks, handling must be done carefully and they need sturdy cages and toys.

As an endangered species, responsible captive breeding programs for hyacinth macaws are vital for the species’ conservation.

Species summary

Length: 40 inches
Weight: 42 to 51 ounces

Pink-Breasted Cockatoo

Pink-Breasted Cockatoo

The pink-breasted cockatoo is a medium-sized parrot native to northern Australia. As the name suggests, these parrots have a distinctive pink breast and belly. Their backs and wings are white, while their tails are more cream colored. They have an erectile head crest that can be raised and lowered.

In captivity, the pink-breasted cockatoo is an affectionate and gentle bird. They thrive on interaction and bonding closely with their owners. This species is also quite vocal, making an array of whistles and squawks. Proper training is important to prevent undesirable screaming.

Species summary


Length: 12 to 15 inches
Weight: 10 to 14 ounces

Green Wing Macaws

Green Winged Macaw

While the previous two macaws get more attention, the green-winged macaw has lovely and unique coloration too. As expected, green-winged macaws have bright green feathers covering most of their body, wings and tail. But they also have accents of red, dark blue and yellow on the wings and upper tail area.

The green-winged macaw’s green feathers have a more yellowish olive tone compared to the brighter, bolder greens of the other macaws. And the red coloring is darker, almost burgundy. But these colors still make them stand out. Green-winged macaws are native to Panama, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil.

Species Summary

Length:  26 to 40 inches
Weight:  32 to 60 ounces

There are many different species of beautifully colored parrots around the world.