Bird Identification: Common Yellow Parrots

Identifying Yellow Parrot Species

When many people think of yellow birds, canaries automatically pop into mind -- however, there are many types of beautiful parrot species that also have predominantly yellow feathers. Of these many species, only a very few are commonly kept as pets, so identifying them is normally a breeze. Check out the information and photos below to learn more about these popular yellow parrots. If you've been unsuccessfully trying to identify a yellow bird that you've seen, then the information here may hold the answer that you've been looking for!

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    Budgies (Lutino Mutation)

    Budgie/parakeet perching on a hand
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    While the normal (wild) coloration of Budgies presents a yellowish-green plumage, selective breeding has led to the production of a solid yellow color mutation referred to as "Lutino." Lutino Budgies are sometimes mistaken for Canaries or other bird species by those who are unfamiliar with them. Some display a reddish tint in their eyes, although that is not always present. Like all Budgies, these birds originated in Australia and have become very popular as pets around the world. The Lutino variety can be found in virtually all markets, and is known as a very common color mutation in these types of parakeets.

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    Close-Up Of Cockatiels Perching On Branch
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    Also hailing from Australia and enjoying enormous popularity amongst bird owners worldwide is the Cockatiel. Although several color varieties exist, the yellow Lutino variety is by far the most recognizable. Lutino Cockatiels can vary in shades from a pale, almost white yellow to a darker, egg-yolk colored tone. They all display the common bright orange patches on their cheeks, and most have a bright yellow head crest. Lutino Cockatiels can be readily found in the pet trade in most places, and most reputable Cockatiel breeders should be able to help you locate one if you are interested in adopting one of these beauties.

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    Golden Conures

    Sun conure on perch
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    Also known as the "Queen of Bavaria Conure", the eye-catching Golden Conure has bright yellow feathers all over its body with the exception of the very tips of its flight feathers, which offer contrast in a lovely dark green. Although they are not as readily available as pets today as they once were, they are still popular birds among Conure enthusiasts and are hailed by many as one of the most beautiful Conure species. Golden Conures are some of the largest Conures, measuring up to 14 inches in length. Because of this, they have specialized care requirements that make them a better choice for experienced rather than novice bird owners.

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    Sulphur Crested Cockatoos

    Sulphur Crested Cockatoos
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    If the bird you're trying to identify is a large white parrot with a tall, brilliant yellow head crest, then odds are that you've run into a Sulphur Crested Cockatoo. These birds come in two different size varieties, known as the Greater and Lesser Sulphur Crested Cockatoo. Originally from Australia, these types of Cockatoos are known for being loving and affectionate pets, and because of this, they have gained immense popularity with bird owners in recent years. However, as with all large parrots, they are not the best choice for just anybody, and great care should be taken to research the species before deciding to bring one home.

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    Pacific Parrotlets (Lutino Mutation)

    Pacific parrotlet (Forpus coelistis), small green and blue parrot sitting on a branch, side view
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    Known affectionately as "Pocket Parrots" by many, the Lutino variety of the Pacific Parrotlet has exploded in popularity as a pet over the last several years. These small birds have big personalities, making them a great choice for those who want a parrot but are unable or unprepared to care for one of the larger parrot species. If you are interested in adopting one of these little yellow jewels, then you should locate a reputable Parrotlet breeder for advice on keeping and caring for one of these birds before rushing out to buy one. While they are tiny in comparison to many other bird species, their needs can be just as great as some of the larger hookbills.