An Introduction to Parrots 2022 Guide

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by The Pet Engineers


Parrots are one of the most popular pets in the world. They don’t just make great companions; they’re also beautiful and intelligent.

Parrots have a long lifespan, so you can expect to have your parrot for many years!

What are parrots?

Parrots are a type of bird that comes in various sizes and colors. They’re the largest group of birds, with around 5,000 species found worldwide.

Parrots have been around for millions of years and can be found on every continent except Antarctica.

What are “handfed” baby parrots?

Handfed baby parrots are those sequestered from their nest as soon as they are hatched and fed by hand until they fledge.

Such birds are widely regarded as the gold standard in birdkeeping. Handfeeding allows you to bond with your bird, but it’s not for everyone!

Handfeeding is time-consuming and expensive.

Some people find this activity relaxing or even therapeutic; others may feel it takes away from their bird’s instincts of foraging for food or flying around the cage.

Where can they be found?

Parrots are found in the wild in the Americas, Africa, and Australia. They can also be found in captivity as pets and as birds of prey.

Parrots are a relatively new addition to the pet scene, with their popularity growing rapidly over recent years thanks to their intelligence and unique personalities.

Why keep parrots as a pet?

Parrots are very social animals. They like to be around other birds and enjoy interacting with their owners.

Parrots can learn to talk, making them great for children raised away from other people.

Parrot owners often report that their parrots will mimic sounds and phrases from television shows or movies they watch together to entertain each other! Experts have even trained parrots to perform stunts such as dancing (see video below).

Parrot’s lifespan & size

Parrots are social birds and need a companion. They will live for up to 50 years, so make sure you get your parrot a friend when they’re young!

Parrots come in all kinds of sizes, from tiny to large. The smaller the parrot like the pionus, the less room it will have for flight or walking around.

If you’re looking for an exotic pet that can fit into your home easily and won’t take up too much space, look into dwarf chickens or budgies and cockatiels (also known as lovebirds).

Cockatoos are often kept indoors but also have been known to be very friendly with children who know how to handle them properly!

two parrots
Beautiful Parrots

Parrot’s diet and feeding

Parrots require a balanced diet, so it’s important to choose the right foods for them.

It’s also important that you feed your parrot daily and ensure they are eating various healthy foods.

Parrots should be fed fresh fruits and vegetables and healthy treats like nuts or seeds.

Health & common conditions

Parrots are susceptible to many diseases and parasites. The most common conditions that affect parrots are:

  • Aspergillus
  • Feather picking is a sign of stress or boredom.
  • Candidiasis (a fungal infection)

Parrots can also be prone to colds and sneezes, nutritional deficiencies in their diet (such as anemia), psittacine beak and feather disease (PBFD), which is caused by a virus called PBFDV-1; psittacine beak fever (PBFD); metabolic bone disease; coccidiosis; giardia lamblia infection/parrot fever/psittacosis, etc.

Popular parrots breeds

Parrots are one of the most popular pets in the United States.

They come in various colors, sizes and personalities, with some being rare and hard to find. Parrots are also very intelligent animals that require much attention from their owners.

They can live for many years if given proper care and attention from their owners!

Orange Wing

orange wing parrot
Orange Wing Parrot

Orange-winged parrots are medium size parrots that make a wonderful addition to your home.

They’re found in Mexico and Central America but can be bred in captivity if you have the right conditions.

Orange-winged parrots are very active and noisy birds, which makes them great for people who enjoy having animals around the house!

Yellow Crowned

yellow crowned parrot
Yellow Crowned Parrot

The Yellow Crowned Parrot is a medium-sized parrot with striking yellow, orange and red plumage.

This bird is native to Australia and New Zealand.

The Yellow Crowned Parrot is not shy like other parrots; it can be quite social during the breeding season.

They will make good pets if you’re willing to give them the time they need for training to learn new behaviors, such as how to use toys or commands such as “come here!”.

Yellow Naped

yellow naped parrot
Yellow Naped Parrot

Yellow-naped parrots are native to South America. They are very social birds and have been known to live in pairs or even larger groups.

Yellow Naped Parrots can be loud and demanding birds, but they make up for it by being very friendly towards humans.

They enjoy being handled and playing with other pets, such as cats and dogs.

They’re also one of the most popular pet parrots because they’re easy to care for: all you need is food, water and some toys!

The yellow nape will enjoy playing with its owner’s fingers, toes, and feathers if you see a feathery toy lying around (or purchase one).

Double Yellow Head

double yellow head parrot
Double Yellow Head Parrot

Double Yellow Heads are medium-sized parrots with a yellow head, throat, and green body. They are native to Mexico and Central America.

Their long tail and curved beak help them find food in trees and navigate through their environment.

Double Yellow Heads have loud calls they use when they want attention or when someone enters their home territory (they can mimic words!

Green Cheeked & Lilac Crowned

green cheek parrot
Green Cheeked Parrot

Green-cheeked and Lilac-crowned Parrots are one of the most popular parrot species. They are native to Central America and the Caribbean.

This variety has been bred for its ability to mimic human speech and sounds, making them a favorite among bird owners who enjoy watching their pets communicate.

The green-cheeked variant of this parrot is known as Blue-Throated Parakeet, while its lilac-crowned counterpart goes by Turquoise Parakeet.

lilac crowned parrot
Lilac Crowned Parrot

Both birds have blue feathers on top of their heads which may appear pinkish when they are young but turn dark brown later on during adulthood when they reach maturity age (about five years old).

Mealy Amazon

mealy amazon parrot
Mealy Amazon Parrot

The mealy amazon is a medium-sized bird that has a long tail. It has a green body, yellow neck and head, blue eyes and red legs.

Mealy amazon’s feathers are soft and downy on the head, back, neck and rump.

beak is pinkish-red with black tips around each nostril opening when they’re young birds; however, they turn green as they mature into adults.

Mealy Amazon’s diet consists mainly of fruits such as papaya (pawpaw), mangoes (amchur), banana trees or their leaves; vegetables like carrots or cucumbers; grains such as wheat flour or corn meal made from corn kernels ground into small pieces with water added before cooking it into soup base for dishes like rice pudding!

Blue Crown

blue crown parrot
Blue Crown Parrot

The blue crown parrot is a medium-sized parrot with a large head, long tail and brilliant blue plumage.

The male is larger than the female, with males averaging around 35 cm (14 inches), whereas females average about 29 cm (11 inches).

Both sexes are green in color with rust-colored iridescence over their bodies and wings.

They have bright red eyes, which can be seen from far away as they perch on trees or hang upside down from branches.

Blue Crowns are good talkers and make excellent pets for beginners because they can learn to say many words, including “hello” or “goodbye”; however, if you want your pet bird to learn more vocabulary, encourage them by praising him when he says something new!

Blue Fronted

blue fronted parrot
Blue Fronted Parrot

Blue-fronted parrots are very social and affectionate, making them great companions.

They have a large vocabulary and are even known for their ability to learn a human language! These birds make excellent pets but need lots of attention to thrive.

Red Lored Amazon

Red Lored Amazon
Red Lored Amazon Parrot

If you’re looking for a pet parrot, the Red Lored Amazon is your best bet.

They’re known for their intelligence and ability to mimic speech, but they also can learn tricks.

Their plumage is beautiful—red on the head, neck, breast and abdomen; blue on the rump; yellowish-green on each wing tip (the secondaries).

Lilacine Amazon

Lilacine Amazon parrot
Lilacine Amazon Parrot

Lilacine Amazons are a medium-sized species of parrot with a distinctive coloration.

They have blue-green heads, cheeks and throats with bright green backs and wings.

The flight feathers are tipped in yellow at the bases, giving them an overall brilliant impression.

Their tails are also bright yellow with some black markings near the end.

Lilacine Amazons come from South America and inhabit forests from northern Colombia through Venezuela to Brazil’s Amazon River Basin (including French Guiana).

They live in pairs or small groups during dry seasons when food is scarce but will form huge flocks during rainy months when it’s easy to find food!

White Front

white front amazon parrot
White Front Amazon Parrot

The White Front Parakeet is a medium-sized parrot native to South America. It’s also known as the Scarlet-fronted Parakeet, White-throated Parrot, or Yellow Fronted Macaw (Macaw bicolor).

This beautiful bird can be kept in an apartment with plenty of space and lighting for its cage. They are friendly birds and will come out when you want them!

Which parrot makes a great pet?

The best parrot to keep as a pet depends on your lifestyle. You will want to consider whether you have the time and energy to devote to your bird and its personality type.

A large parrot may be right for you if you’re looking for companionship and love. They make excellent pets because they are very social and intelligent.

However, if having an interactive pet isn’t important for your life or budget (or both), smaller birds might be better suited for those who don’t enjoy being around other people all day long!


Well, it’s clear that parrots are a lot of fun and can be a great addition to any family. We think they make great pets for all sorts of reasons.

These beautiful birds are easier than most other animals to care for; they’re just fun!

The Pet Engineers

A team of pet lovers. We have owned various pets over their years. From dogs to reptiles, etc. Our love of pets, strive to us to create up-to-date and accurate helpful guides on pets.

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