Parrots are one of the most popular pet birds, You will see them at many places. As parrots have many different types so recognizing a parrot is difficult if you don't have much knowledge. In this post, I will tell you how to recognize and differentiate between different parrot types.
Identification of popular parrots
Budgerigars are small size parrots and they are widely adopted as a pet bird in many homes. Budgerigars are commonly known as Budgies. Their native color is green and yellow but they have lots of other color mutation. Recognizing a budgie is easy as they are different from all other parrots. Budgies have a small beak with a cere on top of it. Their beak is different from other parrots and they can be easily recognized by their beaks.
There are approximately 32 main color mutations of budgie parrots. Most popular of them are Latino, Dark and Light Green, Albino, Skyblue, Cobalt etc
Ring-neck parrots also known as Rose-ringed parakeet are small size parrots with long tails. Male ring-neck parrot has a pink and black ring around its neck while females only have a green mark. Recognizing a Ring-neck parrot is very easy as they are different from other parrots. Ring-necks tails are very long and beautiful.
There are many different color mutations of ring-neck parrots available now, but all of them have almost the same size. Green color is the native color of ring-neck parrots while other popular color mutations are
- Blue Ringneck
- Cinnamon Turquoise Ringneck
- Violet Pastel Lacewings Ringnecks
- Lutino Ringneck
- Grey Green Lacewing
- Grey Ringnecks
Male green Ring-neck
Female green ring-neck parrot
Male sky blue Ring-neck parrot
Do not mistake Ringneck parrots with the Alexandrine parrots. Although Alexandrian and ring-neck parrots have the same design but Alexandrian parrots are bigger and have red marks on their shoulders.
Lovebirds and Parrotlets
Lovebirds and parrotlets can be differentiated from other parrots easily as they are different from them. But differentiating them from each other is difficult as both are very similar. I have included both of them under the same heading so that I can tell you how to differentiate between them.
Lovebirds vs parrotlets
Lovebirds are a little bigger than parrotlets and lovebirds male and female look identical to each other. Parrotlets male and females have some visual differences. Best way to differentiate between them is by their size.
Male Pacific Parrotlet
Popular lovebird types
Popular Parrotlets types
African grey parrots
As the name suggests African grey are grey color big size parrots. There are two main types of African Greys
1- Congo African grey
2- Timneh African grey
African grey parrots are easy to recognize as they are quite different from other parrot types. African greys are also very intelligent birds they can learn a lot of words and sentences.
Macaws are biggest of all parrots. Due to their huge size, they are also known as King of parrots. Macaws have long tails and big beaks. They also make very loud voices.
Popular macaw types include
Cockatoo is a wide range of parrots almost 21 sub parrot species are under this name. Most of the cockatoos are big size parrots and have a crest on their head. Cockatoos are very loud and active birds. Popular types of cockatoos are
Major Mitchell's cockatoo
Major Mitchell's cockatoo
Amazons are a group of parrots found in South America to Mexico and the Caribbean. Amazon is basically the common name for all parrots of genus Amazona. Amazons are medium size parrots most of them have green color dominant in them.
Popular Amazon parrots are
Saint Vincent Amazon