5 Common Green Parrot Species

How to Tell These Birds Apart

Certain green parrot species are more commonly kept as pets than others. If you've spotted a green parrot, you can identify the bird by its color, feather pattern, and more. Learn about popular green parrots in the world, and see which kind is best for you to adopt.

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    Male Eclectus

    Eclectus parrot perched on a branch

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    One of the most striking green parrots is the eye-catching male eclectus. The eclectus is what's known as a sexually dimorphic species, meaning you can tell the sex of the bird depending on the colors of its plumage. If you've spotted a large, bright green parrot with a prominent orange beak, chances are you've seen a male eclectus in all his glory. Females are primarily bright red in color.

    To adopt one of these gorgeous guys, check with a reputable breeder for advice. Determine whether getting an eclectus parrot would be a good fit for your lifestyle, as they do require specialized care.

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    Budgerigars (Parakeets or Budgies)

    Green budgie sitting on the floor

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    Perhaps the most well-known green parrot kept as a pet is the budgie (or parakeet). While they aren't solid green, common budgies are a mixture of pale yellowish-green interspersed with black spotting and striping patterns that are characteristic of the species.

    These small birds are a great choice for people interested in becoming bird owners. They are easy to care for, readily available, and can be housed in a relatively small space compared to much larger parrots.

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    Indian Ringneck Parakeets

    Portrait of an Indian ringneck parakeet

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    While selective-breeding programs have given rise to an array of colors within the species, Indian ringneck parakeets are most commonly a bright pastel green. Considered a dimorphic species, adult males exhibit a black-and-rose ring around their necks while females lack the ring.

    These green parrots are not the best choice for beginner bird owners. Ringnecks are known to go through a "bluffing" phase during adolescence, characterized by hormonal aggression and territoriality. However, if you are a more experienced bird owner, an Indian ringneck can be a wonderful choice for a pet.

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    Lovebirds

    Two peace-faced lovebirds

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    Each lovebird variety displays different colors. But nearly all of them that do have a type of color mutation are primarily green.

    Lovebirds are popular small pets with big personalities. Their name suggests they are very affectionate, and many well-socialized lovebirds can be. But owners who don't have ample time to spend with these little green parrots might be wise to skip adopting them. If these birds aren't handled regularly, they can begin to lose their tameness, which might result in painful bites. Only adopt a lovebird if you are able to spend plenty of time practicing bonding techniques with your feathered friend.

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    Juvenile Parrots

    Yellow-headed Amazon parrot standing on grass

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    That green parrot you spotted might actually be a young bird whose true colors haven't come in yet. While adult parrots often display a rainbow of colors, many juveniles have plumage that's dull and green. Most birds keep this color until they're around a year old, likely to camouflage themselves from predators while they're young and helpless.

    An example of this can be seen in young sun conures. As adults, these birds have feathers in a variety of brilliant colors, including yellow, red, orange, green, and blue. But as babies, their plumage is much more muted.