Parrots are the most common pet birds which is understandable considering their beauty and intelligence. There is around 400 parrot species in the world and most of them have breathtaking colors and are smart enough to learn to talk. Here are some of the most beautiful and smartest breeds.
Eclectus parrot – the great mimic
Eclectus feathers feel as if they have a fine fur and along with beautiful colors it makes them one of the most prized pets. It is interesting that male Eclectus are mostly green and have yellow beak while females are mostly red with a blue belly and a black beak so for a long time it was thought that they are different species. They are very intelligent and vocal and can have an extensive vocabulary. They might even sing entire songs and can mimic a lot of different sounds, not just human speech.
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Cockatoo – a loud companion
Cockatoo is maybe the most known parrot species in the world. They are famous for their crest and their love for the human company. There are many types of cockatoo and they are usually white, black, pink or gray. They also have different sizes, from medium too large. They are intelligent and emotional and some say they act like a small child, with their occasional temper tantrums. They are very loud, but they don't have a big vocabulary. They can live for more than 30 years.
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Cockatiel – the answers are in the crest
Yes, we spoke of cockatoo and cockatiel is a part of that family, but being the single most popular pet bird in the USA the cockatiel deserves to be mentioned on its own. It shares some common traits with cockatoo but it is unique in the fact that its crest can show you its mood. Cockatiel loves toys and males often look for a mirror or some other toy to whistle to. They don't have a large vocabulary but are still very intelligent and extremely social birds.
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Budgerigar – a popular choice
Budgerigar or Budgie is the most popular bird pet in the world. In the USA it is known simply as parakeet. It is native to Australia, but as a pet it can be found all over the world. They can be good with kids If they are treated with respect. Budgies are one of the smartest parrot species since they can have huge vocabularies, even over 1000 words, but they sound like a speed up recording so you might not even realize that they are talking. They can even whistle if they are in the mood.
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Amazon parrot – they party hard
There are 27 known species of Amazon parrots, but only some of them are kept as pets. These adorable birds are party maniacs since they love to swing upside down and enjoy destroying their toys. They also like to wrestle with their owner's hands using their beak. Amazon parrots are one of the best talkers in parrot world, but they prefer songs and music over talking. They love to sing and are generally very noisy birds.
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Rosella – a fantastic whistler
Rosella is a part of Platycercus family, which means flat-tailed. They are native to Australia where they are commonly found in parks and gardens and are usually kept as pets in aviary setups with others of their own kind. They are very popular due to their striking and colorful appearance. They are not great talkers, but they can whistle entire songs and tunes.
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Caique – little clowns
If there is a parrot that can constantly make you laugh than it is caigue. It is pronounced “kai-eke” in case you ever decide to get one of these friendly and playful parrots. It is often considered to be the clown of the bird community, but these little comedians can sometimes be very stubborn and hard to deal with. A steady supply of toys is necessary for this bird since it loves demolishing all that is given to him. They are not great talkers, but they make it up with their joyful personality.
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Macaw – a gentle giant
Macaws are one of the biggest parrot species, sort of a giants of the parrot world. They have really big and strong beaks and long, long tails. It is worth noting that macaws are classified into two groups: large macaws and mini macaws. They are famous for their facial feather patterns which are as unique as human fingerprints. They are very colorful and playful and very, very loud. They can learn to talk and whistle but your neighbors might not like that.
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African gray – smart and sensitive
African gray is one of the most recognizable parrot breeds in the world. They owe their popularity to their brains more than beauty, but they are beautiful nevertheless. They are very intelligent birds and have a great and complicated personality. It is a bird for experienced lovers who know how to take care of such sensitive and smart animal. They are great mimics and talkers, probably the best in the parrot community.
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Lory – a chatty fellow
Lories are also known as lorikeets and they are one of the most colorful parrot breeds out there. This lovely bird has a brush-like tongue which helps it extract nectar from flowers. This type of diet means that lorikeet is a high-energy bird, so they are not suitable pets for someone who wants a more laid-back companion. Lorikeets are very chatty birds, but they have a high-pitched voice.
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