The Many Types of Pet Birds from A to Z

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Just like other animals that qualify as pets, birds are interesting options. Birds have their own unique personalities, characteristics, and traits. If you are interested in having a pet bird, you can be sure that there is a perfect bird for your needs and preferences.

Let’s check out these pet birds.

African Grey Parrot 

The ability of the African Grey Parrot to mimic sounds and talk makes it a good companion. Owners often report that these birds talk in context at times, and seem quite attuned to the emotions of their owners. They are not just a top talker; they are also known for their extreme intelligence, giving them the label “The Einsteins of the Bird World.”

Blue-and-Gold Macaw

The Blue-and-Gold Macaw is appropriately named with a beautiful blue body with a dark lemon-yellow chest. The diet of this bird tends to be high in fat, which is understandable for their species that spend their day flying throughout the forest to find food and continue with their activities.


In the bird world, Caiques have been referred to as clowns for a good reason. They are known for their high-energy and mischievous attitude. They are loved by bird fanatics because of their outgoing nature, along with their ability to easily make people laugh with their playful attitude and antics.

Diamond Dove

The Diamond Dove is a small variety of dove, but nevertheless eye-catching. This is because of its prominent red eye ring. In contrast to the boisterous sounds of other parrots, owners find the soft cooing of Diamond Doves a pleasant alternative. These birds are dimorphic, which means that determining their sexes is relatively easy.


Eclectus Parrots are celebrities in the bird world. Their feathers feature a fur-like appearance, with colors that are bright red for females, and bright green hues. Males also exhibit ‘candy corn’ colored beaks. Aside from their interesting appearance, they can prove to be amazing companions.


For some pet fanatics, finches are the perfect alternative for those who want to own a feathered pet but not ready to take on the challenges parrot care. They may not talk and considered as hands-off birds, but they can be delightful in a way that they show off their aerial antics, while socially interacting with one another.

Goffin’s Cockatoo

Goffin’s Cockatoos are quick learners and are often mischievous. Some owners even report seeing their pets opening the cage right after seeing them unlatch the lock. They are not the shy types of birds; most enjoy being petted and held. They are also sociable and friendly. They are also referred to as the Tanimbar corella, being the smallest among the white cockatoos.

Hahn’s Macaw

The personality of the Hahn’s Macaw is similar to that of the larger Macaws. They are fun, bold, and active, but in a manageable size, making them more preferable to some owners. They are also a favorite among many owners because of their compact size, superb pet quality, and intelligence. Even though they may not be as flashy as the rest of their family, they are highly prized because of their personality.

Indian Ring-Necked Parakeet

Indian Ring-Necked Parakeets are not shy birds, even doing best with an owner who loves having an outgoing companion for a pet. These birds are not afraid to demand what they want, and can also be talkative. They are temperamental birds that need a huge amount of attention to stay tame. They will delight and charm their owner with their playful exuberance.

Jenday Conure

Jenday Conures are known for their reputation of being laid back. Still, they enjoy and expect a lot of interaction with their owners. Just like with other conures, they also love getting bird toys that can be easily chewed up. These conures make an amazing companion for those who want to have a large bird, but without the space for keeping one. What they lack in size, they make up for in intelligence, personality, and affection.


Kiwis are considered as flightless birds that are native to New Zealand. It is classified as endangered and protected. Despite being sociable, they are largely wild and nocturnal. Even though some may still keep them as pets, it takes experience and understanding of Kiwi’s care before one can successfully pet a Kiwi.

Lilac-Crowned Amazon

The Lilac-Crowned Amazon is one of the smaller species of Amazons, with a smaller voice in comparison with the larger Amazons. They are loyal companions with hearty appetites. They have a sweet and compelling character, often fearless and filled with personality when properly socialized. They may not be the superstars in their family, but they make up for it in terms of companionability.


The big size and vibrant colors of Macaws make them hard to go unnoticed. They are social birds that can easily create a racket when inclined. They are also clownish, drawing attention accordingly. Even though their huge beaks can be quite intimidating, a macaw that is well-socialized can be an affectionate and friendly companion.


Nutcrackers are also known as Spotted Nutcracker. They are a bit bigger than Eurasian Jays, with a bigger bill and slimmer head without any crest. Its feathers are mainly chocolate brown, with some distinct streaks and white spots. The upper tail and wings are black, with some greenish-blue gloss. While they may not be migratory, they are seen to erupt out of their range when there is a shortage of food supply.

Orange-Winged Amazon Parrot

Even though the orange wings of this species make them outgoing and spunky, they have the tendency to be less talkative and mellower compared to other Amazon parrots. Just like other birds in their family, they are also social eaters and love the opportunity of sharing in meals together with their owners. They also tend to become couch potatoes, just sitting and eating starchy foods.


Parrots come in different colors, originating from a warm habitat. They are the stereotypical pirate accessories that are portrayed in movies and are common companions for long ago. In order for a bird to be classified as a parrot, they need to have a curved beak. Parrots bring in a new dynamic into the lives of their owners.

Quaker Parakeet

Quaker Parakeets are considered as an outlaw in some states because of their talking ability and intelligence rivaling against the more expensive Amazon parrots and African Greys. Quaker Parakeets are known and preferred because of their size, availability, low cost, and amazing mimicking ability. They are also bright and resourceful.

Rainbow Lory

The Rainbow Lory is considered as one of the most beautiful and stunning companion birds in the bird world. They need more attention and care than other companion birds because of their highly specific diet and housing needs. Still, they are worth the expense and extra time. They are hard to miss, with their bright greens and reds, blues and violets, and splotches of lemon-yellow color turning into intense oranges. Their wonderful temperament and dramatic appearance make them popular pets among fanatics.

Scarlet Macaw

Scarlet Macaws are known to be a “sassy” bird, filled with personality and energy. This bird is highly intelligent and a capable escape artist. In the bird world, there is nothing flashier than the hues of a Scarlet Macaw. They are very popular, especially among beginners and novices. They are not just gorgeous but also filled with a bright personality.


Tanagers are known for their small bodies and bright colors. As with most Tanagers, males only have brilliant plumage, with scarlet color and black wings. Most have rounded and short wings. The females, on the other hand, are olive-green above, and some yellow beneath. These birds are omnivorous, which means that they eat seeds, fruits, nectar, as well as insects.

Umbrella Cockatoo

Umbrella Cockatoos are known to make an affectionate and charming pet. However, they are not for everyone. They demand attention and needs an owner who is capable of setting boundaries. They are well-known in the bird world because of being highly affectionate and affable. They are also outgoing, infamous because of their outlandish antics and for their being clingy with their owners.

Vasa Parrot

Among the more common companion parrots, Vasa Parrots are the most outstanding in terms of looks, with their long necks and truncated bodies. They are active birds that require spacious accommodations and playtime with their owners. They also love getting toys in order to keep their inquisitive minds constantly engaged. One interesting thing about the Vasa’s appearance is that it can change dramatically, to the very point that you may no longer recognize them at all.

White-capped Pionus

White-capped Pionus are also amazing companions. Even though they may not necessarily demand your attention as with other parrots, a white-capped Pionus that is well-socialized can be a social and outgoing family pet. They are known for their easy-going ways and quiet nature. Some describe these birds as the feistiest on a behavioral scale. They can still be laid back in comparison with other parrots.

Xanthus’ Hummingbird

These birds are medium-sized, Mexican hummingbirds. Their natural habitats include deserts, arid scrubs, backyards, and mesquite trees, feeding their favorite feeding plants. They also have the tendency to be attracted to feeders. Their upper plumage is mainly green, with a straight, dark tail. Both sexes have a distinct white eyestripe.

Yellow-Naped Amazon Parrot

The Yellow-Naped Amazon Parrot is known for their outgoing personalities. They can be talkative, gravitating toward toys that challenge them both mentally and physically. They also need a lot of interaction with their owners. They are also kept widely because of their ability to talk and widespread availability.

Zebra Finch

Zebra Finches are considered as the most popular among the finch species because of their price and availability. This little striped and cute finch has been kept in captivity for over a century. They have been readily breeding, and are a good bird for beginners to breed. They are easy to care for, requiring only a little amount of commitment and time.

Take Your Pick

As a potential pet owner, you may have already come across some of the most interesting bird species out there. Whether you are getting one you are very familiar with or trying out a different species, you have the best options out there.

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