How to Identify Common Blue Parrot Species

Many types of birds from around the world, parrots included, have blue feathers. Often, these are among the most sought-after birds in the pet trade, but some species are more popular and commonly kept than others. If you've been having trouble identifying a blue parrot that you've run across, then you can look to the information here to help narrow down your search. Odds are that the bird you are looking for will be listed among the popular blue parrot species below.

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    Blue and Gold Macaws

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    Perhaps the most recognizable of the macaws, the beautiful blue and gold macaw presents a bold mix of bright blue and yellow in its feathers. Popular as pets for many years, these birds hail from the forests of South America. One of the most striking features about blue and gold macaws are the bare white patches of skin around their eyes, typical of most macaw species. Their green foreheads offer a beautiful contrast to the blue and yellow of their bodies. While it can be tempting to snatch one of these beauties up and take them home, it's important to realize that these large parrots require a lot of time and commitment from their owners. Be sure to do plenty of research before adopting a blue and gold macaw, or any large parrot species.

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    Blue-Crown Conures

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    Popularized in the hit Hollywood movie "Paulie", the blue-crown conure has enjoyed tremendous leaps in its popularity as a pet during the last 10 to 15 years. While these beautiful birds are in fact mostly green, the brilliant blue coloration on their heads is the most striking and memorable part of their looks. One of the larger conures, the blue-crown conure can grow to be over a foot long from head to tail. Known as one of the friendlier conure species, blue-crowns are affectionate birds that appreciate spending lots of time with their owners. As with any parrot, however, it's important to make sure that a blue-crown conure is the best fit for your lifestyle before adopting one.

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    Budgies (Blue Mutation)

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    In the wild, budgies normally have feathers that are yellow and green. In captivity, however, selective breeding programs have given rise to an array of color mutations within the species, the most popular of these being the blue mutation. Blue budgies are not solid blue, rather, they present blue plumage on their heads, chests, and bellies, normally with the budgie's characteristic black spotting and striping on the head, wings, tail, and back. Good birds for young or old bird owners of any experience level, budgies have been among the most popular pet bird species for decades, and it appears that they aren't going anywhere soon.

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    Hyacinth Macaws

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    The largest of all the macaw species, the hyacinth macaw is almost entirely a deep shade of solid blue, with only slight patches of bright yellow around the eyes and beak. These bold and powerful birds are living proof that "size doesn't matter". Although they are the largest parrot species, they are widely known as "gentle giants", and despite their intimidating beaks, they have a reputation for being extremely friendly, sweet, and affectionate. Those interested in adopting one of these birds should make sure that they have the free time, space, and funds necessary to properly care for a hyacinth macaw. While they are gentle and sweet, these birds require a lot of attention from their owners in order to thrive in a pet situation.

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    Pacific Parrotlets (Blue Mutation)

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    Another popular blue bird is the blue color mutation of the Pacific parrotlet. These feisty little birds are the smallest species of true parrot, but pack a lot of personality into their tiny bodies. Parrotlets are a great choice for people who want a parrot but don't have enough space to house or properly care for one of the larger species. While they are small, however, parrotlets require a good deal of their owners' time and attention. Make sure that you can devote yourself to taking care of a bird before bringing a parrotlet or any other type of parrot home.