Parrots are the most popular pet birds in the world. They are being kept because of their colorful plumage and for their intelligence. There are 372 known species of parrots and they found in most warm and tropical regions with several species inhabiting the temperate Southern Hemisphere as well. The greatest diversity of parrots is found in South America and Australasia.
On this article, I compiled what I think the most colorful and beautiful species of parrots. You will surely be captivated by the beauty of these wonderful and colorful parrots. That’s 100% guaranteed.
1. Sun Conure (Aratinga solstitialis)
Well, to start with our long list, the ever beautiful Sun Conure or Sun Parakeet, a medium-sized brightly colored parrot endemic South America. It is commonly kept in aviculture. It can live for 25 to 30 years and is noted for its loud squawking compared to its relatively small size. It is capable of mimicking humans.
2. Eclectus Parrot (Eclectus roratus)
The pretty Eclectus Parrot is one of the most popular birds kept in captivity. It is native to the Solomon Islands, New Guinea, northeastern Australia and the Maluku Islands (Moluccas). Large populations of this parrot exist in Papua New Guinea, where they are sometimes considered pests for eating fruit off trees. Their bright feathers are also used by native tribe people as decorations.
3. Yellow-bibbed Lorikeet (Lorius chlorocercus)
Another attractive and colorful bird from the Australasian region is the Yellow-bibbed Lory. It is found in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist mountains.
4. Eastern Rosella (Platycercus eximius)
The amazingly captivating Easter Rosella is sometimes kept as a pet. These birds are desired for their beautifully colored plumage. They are intelligent creatures, which can be trained to whistle a wide repertoire of tunes and may even learn to speak a few words or phrases. It is native to southeast Australia and Tasmania. It has been introduced to New Zealand.
5. Dusky Lory (Pseudeos fuscata)
I think I am already running out of adjective here, this elegantly colored bird called Dusky Lory is native to Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest, subtropical or tropical mangrove forests, and subtropical or tropical moist mountains.
6. Golden Conure (Guaruba guarouba)
Another species with superb bright coloration is the Golden Conure also known as the Golden Parakeet or the Queen of Bavaria Conure. It lives in the drier, upland rainforests in Amazonian Brazil, and is threatened by deforestation and flooding and also by the now-illegal trapping of wild individuals for the pet trade. Golden Conures are playful and sociable. They eat fruits, flowers, buds, seeds, and cultured maize in the wild.
7. Australian King Parrot (Alisterus scapularis)
Australian King Parrot is occasionally bred in aviaries and kept as household pets. As a pet, it had been known to live for up to 25 years. It is found in humid and heavily forested upland regions of the eastern portion of the Australia, including eucalyptus wooded areas in and directly adjacent to subtropical and temperate rainforest.
8. Bronze-winged Parrot (Pionus chalcopterus)
I found the coloration of Bronze-winged Parrot unique. It is totally different from the usual coloration of colorful parrots. It is found in the northeast Andes from Venezuela and Colombia through northwest Peru. It is seen in pairs of small groups of up to ten birds.
9. Blue-throated Macaw (Ara glaucogularis)
This parrot with stunning color combination is relatively easy to breed in captivity, and the captive population is many times larger than the wild population. Individuals are kept in several zoos around the world. The Blue-throated Macaw is endemic to north-central Bolivia. It estimated that only 250 250-300 individuals remain in the wild because they are captured for the pet trade and due to land clearance on cattle ranches. It is currently considered critically endangered and the parrot is protected by trading prohibitions.
10. Pohnpei Lorikeet (Trichoglossus rubiginosus)
The uniquely colored Pohnpei Lorikeet is native to the island of Pohnpei and the nearby Ahnd Atoll in Micronesia. Its plumage which is reddish-maroon is totally different from the usual green, yellow, red and blue combination. Its bill is orange (for male) and yellow (for female).
11. Blue-crowned Lorikeet (Vini australis)
The Blue-crowned Lorikeet with blue, green, red and yellow color combination is found throughout the Samoa and Tonga islands and Lau archipelago. They frequent areas with flowering trees, including coconut plantations and gardens. It eats nectar, pollen, and soft fruits, especially wild hibiscus and coconut. Other common names are Blue-crowned Lory, Blue-crested Lory, Solomon Lory, Samoan Lory, Segavao (Samoa) and Henga (Tonga).
12. Blue and Yellow Macaw (Ara ararauna)
The fantastically colorful Blue-and-yellow Macaw is a popular a pet partly because of its striking appearance and ability as a talking bird. It is intelligent and social, so for someone who can provide for its needs, it makes good and loving companion parrot. It breeds in forest and woodland of tropical South America.
13. Lear’s Macaw (Anodorhynchus leari)
The lovely-looking Lear’s Macaw also known as the Indigo Macaw resembles a Hyacinth Macaw (Hyacinth Macaw is larger and darker). It is a rare Brazilian parrot with a highly restricted range. It is metallic blue with a faint, often barely visible, tinge of green, and a yellow patch of skin at the base of the heavy, black bill.
14. Black-headed Parrot (Pionites melanocephalus)
Small but extremely beautifully colored, the Black-headed Parrot also known as the Black-headed Caique, Black-capped Parrot or Pallid Parrot is found in forest and nearby wooded habitats in the Amazon north of the Amazon River and west of the Uyaculi River. In the wild, they eat mostly flowers, pulp, and seeds and possibly insects. It is popular in aviculture. The only ways to determine gender of an individual Black-headed Parrot are surgical sexing and DNA sexing. Black-headed Caiques are very energetic pets. They need a large cage with lots of toys and perches.
15. Red Lory (Eos bornea)
The brightly colored Red Lory is native to Indonesia. Its natural habitats are tropical moist lowland forests and tropical mangrove forests. It is the most commonly kept lory in captivity. This intelligent bird has a playful personality and typically range in size from 10 to 12 in long and has an orange beak.
16. Green-naped Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus rubritorquis)
This handsome looking species of parrot commonly called Green-naped Lorikeet is a subspecies of the equally colorful Rainbow Lorikeet.
17. Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)
Another colorful pet parrot from “Land Down Under” is the sweet-looking Crimson Rosella. It is found in eastern and south eastern Australia and has been introduced to New Zealand and Norfolk Island. It is commonly found in mountain forests and gardens.
18. Papuan Lorikeet (Charmosyna papou)
The Papuan Lorikeet is definitely a candidate for having a unique coloration. It is also commonly known as Stella’s Lorikeet and Mount-Goliath Lorikeet. It is a species of is found in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist mountains.
19. Horned Parakeet (Eunymphicus cornutus)
The Horned Parakeet is not very colorful but it’s certainly unique in appearance. It is a large green parakeet native to New Caledonia. It is called Horned because it has two black feathers that protrude from the head and have red tips. It lives in humid pine forests on New Caledonia. Recent population estimates believe that there are 1000-2500 birds left.
20. Turquoise Parrot (Neophema pulchella)
The brilliantly colored Turquoise Parrot of Australia is usually found in grasslands and open woodlands, and feeds on grasses, seeds and nectar. The English Common Name of the Turquoise Parrot been known alternately as Chestnut-shouldered parakeet, Chestnut-shouldered grass-parakeet, Chestnut-shouldered Grass-parrot, Chestnut-winged Grass-parakeet, Chestnut-winged Grass-Parrot and Turquoisine.
21. Red-collared Lorikeet (Trichoglossus rubritorquis)
The brightly colored Red-collared Lorikeet, alternately classified as a species, Trichoglossus rubritorquis or a subspecies of the Rainbow Lorikeet as T. haematodus rubritorquis, is a species of Lorikeet living in northern Australia. It has similar habits to its cousin, the Rainbow Lorikeet.
22. Budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulates)
The Budgerigar, also known as Shell Parakeet, Budgie, or Common Pet Parakeet of Australia comes in a variety of color. The budgerigar is found throughout the drier parts of Australia and has survived for the last five million years in the harsh inland conditions of that continent.
23. Black-winged Lorikeet (Eos cyanogenia)
Coloration on both sexes of this parrot with strikingly colorful appearance called Black-winged Lory is similar. It is native to Indonesia and is distributed to forests and coastal habitat of Biak, Numfor, Manim and Mios Num islands in Cenderawasih bay, Papua. It frequents and roosts in coconut trees. This beautiful bird is a threatened species due to habitat loss.
24. Yellow-backed Lorikeet (Lorius garrulus)
The brilliantly colored Yellow-backed Lorikeet, also know as Chattering Lory, is a forest-dwelling parrot endemic to North Maluku, Indonesia. It is considered endangered, the main threat being from trapping for the cage-bird trade.
25. Western Rosella (Platycercus icterotis)
The pretty and brightly colored but aggressive Western Rosella should not be kept with other. It is largely sociable with humans and will whistle in return if whistled at. It is also commonly known as the Stanley Rosella, Earl of Derby’s Parakeet or Yellow-cheeked Parakeet. It is the smallest species of rosella and is found in the southwest Australia. It lives in Eucalypt forests and timbered areas.
26. Peach-faced Lovebirds (Agapornis roseicollis)
Most of the species of parrots that were included on this article are from South America and Australasia. The small but cute and pretty Peach-faced Lovebird is native to southwestern Africa. It is also known as the Rosy-faced Lovebird It is a very social animal and eats throughout the day and takes frequent baths.
27. Black-capped Lorikeet (Lorius lory)
The robust and beautiful Black-capped Lory, also known as Western Black-capped Lory or the Tricolored Lory, is found in New Guinea and adjacent smaller islands. It remains overall widespread and common and inhabits the primary forest and forest edges in most lowland areas. Its diet includes pollen, nectar, flowers, fruit and insects.
28. Jenday Conure (Aratinga jandaya)
The very beautiful Jenday Conure is also commonly called Jandaya parakeet. This parrot is known for its sweet sociable disposition and playful behavior. It is highly intelligent, and can often learn several words and phrases. It is native to wooded habitats in northeastern Brazil.
29. Violet-necked Lory (Eos squamata)
The lovely-looking Violet-necked Lory is a species that is native to Indonesia. Its natural habitats are tropical moist lowland forests and tropical mangrove forests.
30. Red-capped Parrot (Purpureicephalus spurius)
This colorful Australian bird named Red-capped Parrot is also called the Pileated Parakeet. It is oftentimes confuse with the South American Pionopsitta pileata. It is a species of broad-tailed parrot related to the Rosellas.
I am pretty sure were looking for the popular and colorful variety of parrots like the Hyacinth Macaw, Green-winged Macaw, Rainbow Lorikeet and Scarlet Macaw. I did not include them because they were already included in my article entitled “The 20 Most Brilliantly Colored Birds in the World”.
Hope you enjoyed this. Thank you!