Few birds catch the eye quite as effortlessly as bright blue parrots.
Many wild parrots have some blue feathers, but the hyacinth macaw is an entirely blue parrot. Many pionus breeds are also blue, and budgies and parrotlets have blue mutations.
Blue feathers are comparatively common in parrots, but blue is rarely the dominant color of a bird. Parrots are primarily another color (usually green) with a hint of blue.
What Makes Parrots Blue?
Blue parrots get their color from beta-keratin, which reacts to short light wavelengths and air pockets.
Suppose parrots have tri-color feathers. Keratin forces red and yellow shades to cancel each other out, which means the blue feathers become dominant.
From deep to pale, the shade of blue depends on how much beta-keratin is in the feathers.
Where Do Blue Parrots Come From?
Blue parrots reside in hot, tropical climates.
Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and New Guinea host blue parrots, but they’re most populace in South and Central American territories, especially Brazil. The Blue-and-Yellow Macaw is found in Florida.
The rainforest, home to many blue parrots, is being decimated. The Glaucous Macaw is critically endangered, as its terrain in Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay, Brazil, and Paraguay is being destroyed.
This has a knock-on effect on the demand for blue parrots. Depending on your state, a blue parrot may be legal to keep as an exotic pet in the USA, but they’re more expensive due to scarcity.
Blue Parrot Species
Many parrot species boast traces of blue in their feathers, including the following:
1/ Blue-and-Gold Macaws
The blue hue of the blue-and-yellow macaw comes from the back and wings, while the chest is bright yellow. The contrast between the two colors is undeniably striking.
Only commit to caring for a blue-and-yellow macaw if you seek a pet with a strong and entertaining personality.
The blue-and-yellow macaw is a loud bird. If you keep this parrot, it’ll regularly repeat words you teach it while making random bouts of squawking and screaming.
The blue-and-yellow macaw needs lots of exercise and near-constant engagement and interaction. Bringing this parrot into your home means you’ll have a long-lived companion.
2/ Blue-Crowned Conures
The blue-crowned conure is famed for a bright blue head that contrasts with the rest of the body.
It’s smaller than most Conures at around 15 inches.
While many breeds of conure are feisty and loud, this parrot is comparatively calm. However, a bored or upset blue-crowned conure can be a difficult companion.
However, you can keep a blue-crowned conure happy by spending time together and providing out-of-cage time. This will enhance the owner-parrot bonding process.
Once you’ve gained the trust of a blue-crowned conure, it’ll become increasingly playful. One bonus is that these parrots love learning and performing new tricks.
3/ Blue-Headed Pionus
The blue-headed pionus hails from Costa Rica. A striking and unmissable blue head sits atop a proud, green body.
Once fully grown, this parrot will usually measure around 12 inches, weighing a maximum of 9 ounces.
The blue-headed pionus is curious and noisy. This bird must be allowed out of its cage for at least 3 hours a day.
The blue Headed pionus is a gentle breed that enjoys playing and spending time with its owner.
4/ Budgerigars (Parakeets)
Due to selective breeding, the budgie can be sourced in various colors, including a blue mutation.
Budgies typically live for 5-8 years in captivity, but there are examples of budgies reaching 15 years old.
English budgies (show budgies) are much bigger than American budgies, so new owners sometimes confuse them. Although you’ll notice the size disparity, they can live together.
Budgies are naturally social, so consider adopting them in pairs or groups. A budgie’s cage must be at least 18 inches high and 20 inches long, boasting various toys and perches.
Budgies aren’t as loud as macaws because they’re much smaller birds, but they frequently vocalize, especially in the morning. With training, budgies can learn an extensive vocabulary.
Small (about 6-7 inches long) and comparatively undemanding, these birds are ideal first-time pets.
5/ Hyacinth Macaws
The hyacinth macaw grows to an intimidating 40 inches, weighs as much as 4 pounds, and can live upwards of 70 years.
They have a long, sharp beak and a huge wingspan. However, the hyacinth macaw is a gentle giant.
Once domesticated and trained, the hyacinth macaw is a wonderful avian companion for experienced owners.
While not as eloquent as some parrots, hyacinth macaws love human company.
6/ Indian Ringneck Parakeets
The blue Indian ringneck parakeet is a medium-sized blue parrot that grows up to 16 inches in length.
Breeders have increased the population of blue Indian ringneck parakeets due to the popular color mutation.
With quality care, they can live as long as 50 years.
These parrots are highly intelligent and gifted talkers. While learning to speak is never guaranteed, it’s likely to happen.
In the right home, this parrot will be loving and affectionate. However, if blue Indian ringneck parakeets grow bored, they can sometimes become noisy, stressed, and destructive.
The more time you spend with your parrot, the likelier a close bond will form.
7/ Lear’s Macaws (Indigo Macaws)
Hailing from Brazil, the Lear’s macaw boasts strikingly deep blue feathers. In many respects, it’s just as beautiful as the hyacinth macaw, but it’s smaller and easier to accommodate.
Lear’s macaws are believed to have emigrated to South America from the U.K., hence their name. They were titled in tribute to the poet Edward Lear.
Like many birds native to the rainforest, they’re increasingly endangered due to habitat loss.
8/ Pacific Parrotlets
Pacific parrotlets are a cute and adorable 5-inch, 1-ounce micro-parrot. They’re slightly smaller than budgies.
Although parrotlets are a fraction of the size of most other parrots, they’re strong-willed and not shrinking violets.
Pacific parrotlets have just as much personality as their larger brethren. They have fun and affectionate personalities.
Their diminutive size means a smaller larynx, so they’re quieter than many parrots. They can learn simple words and phrases but don’t have the vast vocabulary of other birds.
9/ Quaker Parrots (Monk Parakeets)
Blue quaker parakeets have a pale blue back and wings extending to the tail, while their breast, forehead, and underwings are blue-grey. They’re about 11 inches long and weigh 3.5 inches.
Quaker parakeets are easy-going, effortlessly entertaining pets that love to chatter and bond with their owners.
You’ll be adopting the clown of the parrot world. This is among the most intelligent breeds, capable of a wide vocabulary and speaking in whole sentences.
This parrot is also loyal and capable of forming a strong bond with an owner.
Unfortunately, owning a quaker parrot in some U.S. territories is illegal. Check this table to determine the legality of owning this bird in your state:
|Illegal to Own||Legal to Own|
|Idaho||District of Columbia|
|Nebraska (permit required)|
|New York (parrot must be banded and never released)|
|Ohio (parrot’s wings must be clipped)|
|Rhode Island (permit required)|
|Vermont (permit required, the breeder must be licensed)|
|Virginia (parrot must be banded and never released, sold, or bred)|
10/ White-capped Pionus
The white-capped pionus is instantly recognizable due to its white markings at the tip of its skull. Also, it has a deep blue head on top of a green-and-blue body.
They grow to 9-10 inches in length and weigh about 220 grams.
The white-capped pionus is one of the most affectionate species. This bird is willing to learn and loves to please an owner.
As the smallest pionus species, this parrot is as quiet as its brethren.
A cage of four square feet should be ideal. As always, regular free-flying exercise is essential.
Only a professional can sex a white-capped pionus, as there are no aesthetic differences between males and females.
How Much Do Blue Parrots Cost?
The rarity of blue parrots can lead to a higher price tag than a first-time bird owner may expect. Let’s look at how much you should expect to pay for a blue parrot:
|Blue-and-gold macaws||$1,200 to $1,500|
|Blue-crowned conures||$2,500 to $3,000|
|Blue-headed pionus||$850 to $1,500|
|Blue budgerigars||$20 to $40.|
|Hyacinth macaws||$5,000 to $10,000|
|Blue Indian ringneck parakeets||$1,000 to $1,500|
|Blue pacific parrotlets||$200 to $300|
|Blue Quaker parrots||$400 to $500|
|White-capped pionus||$400 to $900|
How Long Do Blue Parrots Live?
As per The Atrium, the breed will play a significant role in the expected lifespan of a parrot.
If you’re considering getting a blue parrot, you should expect your avian companion to enjoy a long life. This table summarizes the average lifespans of the birds we’ve profiled:
|Blue-and-Gold Macaws||70+ years|
|Blue-crowned Conures||25 to 30 years|
|Blue-Headed Pionus||30+ years|
|Budgerigars||5-8 years, but it could be up to 15.|
|Hyacinth Macaws||50+ years|
|Indian Ringneck Parakeets||20 to 30 years|
|Lear’s Macaws||30 to 40 years|
|Pacific Parrotlets||15 to 20 years|
|Quaker Parrots||20 to 30 years|
|White-capped Pionus||30+ years|
Blue parrots are among the most aesthetically striking companion birds.