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.

Tip

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

Eclectus

The eclectus is one of the few sexually dimorphic parrot species, meaning the males and females look different. Female birds have red and blue-purple feathers, while male birds have a vibrant green colour with red and blue accents. These birds are pleasant and quiet in general, but they appreciate a carer who can maintain them in a consistent daily schedule.

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

Solar conures are covered in practically every colour of the rainbow. The heads, chests, and wings of these fascinating birds are coloured red, yellow, and orange. Green and blue in their tail and flying feathers contrast with these colours. Solar conures are often as powerful as they are colourful. Their calls can be heard for miles, and they aren’t hesitant to use their voices to express themselves.

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

Scarlet Macaw

Scarlet Macaw

Scarlet macaws have red, yellow, and blue feathers and are stunning parrots. For someone seeking for a pet parrot, its beauty can be highly appealing, but there is more to consider than its remarkable appearance. These are huge birds that demand a lot of attention and exercise area. They can be noisy, dirty, and grumpy dogs who put a lot of pressure on their owners.

Species summary

Length: 31 to 38 inches

Weight: 32 to 39 ounces

Blue and Gold Macaw

Blue and Gold Macaw

Blue and Gold Macaws have vivid blue and yellow plumage that covers the majority of their body. They also have vivid green highlights. These birds are social and intelligent, and they enjoy being the focus of attention. They do, however, require a lot of area to exercise and are prone to making loud vocalisations.

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 Macaw

Hyacinth macaws are the largest species of parrot and are one of the most vividly coloured parrots. They’re also one of the most friendly and affectionate birds. They are not, however, the ideal pet for everyone. Hyacinth macaws are known for being extremely sensitive. To grow, they require a peaceful atmosphere and several hours of socialisation per day.

Species summary

Length: 40 inches
Weight: 42 to 51 ounces

Pink-Breasted Cockatoo

Pink-Breasted Cockatoo

Rose-breasted cockatoos are colourful birds that come in pink, grey, and white. Although their colours are softer than those of other parrots, their individuality makes them highly appealing. These birds, like other cockatoos, are exceedingly friendly and sensitive. They require patient and calm keepers with lots of time to interact with their birds.

Species summary


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

Green Wing Macaws

Green Wing Macaws

Green-winged Macaws have a predominantly vibrant red body with bright green and blue streaks on the rear of their wings. Because of their normally placid disposition, they are often referred to as “gentle giants” of the macaw family. They can, however, be determined, if not obsessive, in their desire for the attention of their favourite humans.

Species summary


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