Top 5 Blue Parrot Species to Keep as Pets

Posted by Christy Caplan
Macaw

Blue parrots are rare! One of the most stunning parrots in the world is the Hyacinth macaw, which is, in fact, the world's largest by length. Blue parrot species range from small to very large in size and come in powdery light blues to deep indigos. 

Here are five top blue parrot species you should consider if you're researching and hoping to share your home with one of these beautiful species. The blue-and-gold macaw is by far my fave parrot on the list and I'd bring one home in a second!

5. Indian Ringneck Parakeets

Indian Ringneck Parakeet

The Indian ringneck parakeets are social, friendly and can speak up to 200 words. Although identified as a parakeet, the Indian ringneck are also parrots. They're quite chatty!

4. Blue-crowned conure

According to The Spruce Pets, this blue-crowned conure is known as one of the friendlier conure species, these birds appreciate spending time with their caretakers. This is not a bird that likes being caged. Give it several hours of supervised out-of-cage time each day, along with as large of an enclosure as possible for when it must be confined.

3. Pacific Parrotlet

"They have the personality of a "large bird in a small bird's body," and are often compared to Amazon parrots, a family of parrots said to be their close cousins. Indeed, they do resemble the Amazons, with short, stout bodies and a somewhat blunt tail." 

2. Hyacinth Macaw

Hyacinth Maxaw

The hyacinth macaw, also known as the hyacinthine macaw or the blue macaw, is the largest bird in the macaw family, and the largest of the flying parrot species.

One of the most notable characteristics of the hyacinth macaw is the stunning cobalt blue color all over its body, with a ring of bright yellow around its eye, and the same color yellow at the base and the corners of its beak. This is why it is often referred to as a "blue macaw."

These pet birds are beautiful! The Scarlet Macaw is also flashy and a popular species of parrot! They are found in Central and South America in Brazil.

1. Blue-and-Gold Macaw

Macaw

These beautiful birds may be even-tempered, but that doesn't mean that they don't have a wild side to them. They are naturally curious and love to explore and play with their environment. Some macaws are even known to have a bit of a sense of humor, playing small practical jokes to get a reaction from their owners.

Macaws are social creatures and need plenty of time outside their cages each day. If they receive insufficient human attention, they can start to display destructive and loud behavior. They also require constant supervision, as they love to chew paper and wood items, such as furniture and books.

Many of the blue parrots are on the endangered species list or extinct! These blue parrot birds species on our top list of five need to be embraced by bird lovers and hobbyists so they're still around in the years to come!

Other examples of bird extinctions is the Blue-throated Macaw. This bird is plentiful in captivity but is critically endangered in the wild and is protected by trading prohibitions. Blue parrots are known as some of the rarest parrots that exist today!

The Spix's macaw (Cyanopsitta spixii), also known as the little blue macaw, is a macaw native to Brazil. The species is now maintained through a captive breeding program at several conservation organizations under the aegis of the Brazilian government.

What about conservation efforts? Conservationists are meeting in 2020 according to research, "World governments will meet in 2020 to develop a new framework for tackling biodiversity loss through the Convention on Biological Diversity. Our results show it is critical that this includes commitments to prevent extinctions, but also to keep common birds common."

Have you ever seen a large parrot-like a macaw? Please leave us a comment below!

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