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How To Attract Wild Parrots To Your Yard, Balcony, or Window

Last Updated on January 29, 2024 by Carrie Stephens

Some parrot species have been found in non-native regions, often favoring parks and gardens. They’re drawn to safe locations with abundant food and natural resources.

For example, ring-necked parakeets (green parrots) have been observed across the U.K., including London, the West Midlands, Lincolnshire, East Anglia, and Lancashire.

Parrots’ behaviors, intelligence, exotic plumage, and vocalizations are delightful. If you live where parrots gather, you may be able to attract them to your yard or visit your balcony or window.

Well-stocked bird feeders, large enough to hold their weight, can attract wild parrots. Pair them with shallow drinking vessels, elevated bird baths, plant life, and nesting boxes.

Things That Attract Parrots to Your Yard

To get wild parrots to visit your home, provide the following:

Food

Buy a specialist parrot feeder that can comfortably hold the weight of more than one bird. Smaller feeders used for backyard birds won’t accommodate Psittaciformes.

Enticing foods for wild parrots include:

  • Fruits: Bananas, nectarines, berries, pears, figs, peaches, and apples.
  • Vegetables: Carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, and corn on the cob.
  • Seeds: Chia, hemp, safflower, flax, and perilla.
  • Nuts: Almonds, peanuts, walnuts, pecans, pistachios, almonds, and Brazil nuts.
  • Suet balls: Comprised of animal or vegetable suet with seeds, nuts, and insects.

Many parrot species are attracted to unshelled nuts. Shelling nuts is an enjoyable experience that helps parrots wear down their ever-growing beaks.

Suet balls are a vital energy source, especially when food is in short supply in the winter.

Fruit and vegetables can be chopped or sliced. This will release an enticing aroma that birds detect, but the food will spoil sooner. Remove and replace any that show signs of decay.

Never add rhubarb, onions, garlic, and avocado to bird feeders because they’re toxic foods. Also, remove the seeds from stone fruits (apricots, peaches, cherries, etc.) because they contain arsenic.

what attracts parrots to your yard?

Water

Parrots are high-energy birds with fast metabolisms that fly for 10-30 miles. They must drink regularly to rehydrate and support kidney function, so they head to places where they can drink clean water.

You can attract parrots by placing a bowl of water above ground level so they can see what’s around them. Putting a water bowl on the ground exposes parrots to predators like cats.

Alternatively, hang a plastic water bowl from a tree branch or ledge.

Place To Bathe

A water bowl often doubles as a bird bath. Parrots bathe to rid themselves of dirt, debris, feather dust, and external parasites that accumulate in their feathers.

Consider the following factors when adding a bird bath:

Elevation

Parrots prefer elevated positions, so position the birdbath on a pedestal, such as a sturdy garden ornament or statue.

Alternatively, get an outdoor water fountain that doubles as a bird bath.

Depth

Parrots dislike bathing in deep water, so choose a 2 to 3-inch deep bowl.

It should allow them to keep half their body above water level. Alternatively, choose a slightly deeper bowl and line the bottom with stones.

Shady Spot

A bird bath must be situated in a well-shaded place. Direct sunlight may cause the water to heat up, making it too hot for comfortable bathing.

Cleanliness

Parrots may be reluctant to use a bird bath containing dirty water or water other birds have bathed in. Change the water daily and top up the levels periodically.

Shelter

You can provide wild parrots with a home in your yard with specific structures.

Your yard may offer natural shelter if it has suitable trees. Parrots are native to tropical regions and are attracted to deciduous trees with large leaves. You can also deck out your yard with tropical plants.

Alternatively, set up wooden nesting boxes and hang them securely from trees.

Plants

Some tropical plant varieties can’t survive in England and North America. Be more creative if you live inland or the soil isn’t well-suited to plants nearby that parrots and parakeets will enjoy.

Opt for tropical plants that can handle cooler climates or diverse soil types, such as:

  • Maypop (passion flower).
  • Hardy banana.
  • Elephant ears.
  • Hardy ferns.
  • Jelly palm.
  • Fig trees.

Some plants offer safety from predators, while others produce colorful fruits that attract parrots.

How To Attract Parrots To Your Window

The best way to draw parrots to your window is with a window bird feeder. These include:

Tube feeders:Cylindrical bird feeders with small holes or ports. Then, parrots can put their heads inside to access the seed.
Open tray feeders:Open trays or troughs provide easy access to seed.
Tray feeders with roofs:Tray feeders with roofs keep the bird seed dry.
Ball feeder:Hemisphere-shaped cages with fat balls made from suet, seeds, and nuts.

Why There Are No Parrots in My Yard

Even after taking specific measures, you may be disappointed that no parrots appear.

Factors outside your control affect whether parrots will come to your yard, including:

Location

The U.S. is no longer home to endemic parrot species. According to the Biodivers Data Journal, the Carolina Parakeet went extinct in the early 1900s.

Another endemic species, the thick-billed parrot, is now only found in Mexico. This means all wild parrots in the U.S. have escaped from the family home or are feral monk parrots.

Rare exceptions are found in tropical areas like Florida. About 20 parrot species have established significant populations in its coastal regions.

Monk parrots are found throughout the year along the East Coast and some parts of Texas. If you live in the Midwest, you’re unlikely to see parrots in your yard.

Food Supply

Parrots are attracted to regions where food is abundant.

You can set up bird feeders. However, there’s a chance they’re avoiding your town or city because they haven’t found a steady food supply in the past.

Predators

Parrots have many natural predators, including foxes, cats, snakes, falcons, and hawks. If your town or city has many predators, parrots may avoid the area.

Diseases

Sometimes, parrot populations are depleted or wiped out by diseases. According to the Archives of Virology, psittacine and feather disease (PFD) threatens wild parrot populations.

Suitability of Having Parrots in Your Yard

It’s worth considering if it’s a good idea to attract parrots in the first place.

Advantages

Attracting and watching parrots is a popular hobby. The advantages of having parrots in your yard include the following:

Brightening Up The Yard

Parrots are colorful birds that enjoy socializing with their flock. It can be nice to have parrots around as they provide a splash of color to otherwise dull yards.

Pleasant Parrot Sounds

Parrots produce pleasant chirping and singing sounds. They can even develop unique contact calls for flock members.

plants that attract parrots to your yard

No Responsibility

Attracting wild parrots is a way to enjoy their presence without the responsibility of ownership. You may not have the time, money, or space for pet parrots.

Some people are allergic to parrots, making keeping one inside the home impossible.

Disadvantages

Attracting parrots to your yard has drawbacks, including:

Attracts Predators

Luring parrots to your yard may cause their predator animals to appear. They’ll be bad for parrots and a neighborhood nuisance, endangering other household pets.

Bird Mess

If your yard becomes popular with parrots, be prepared to deal with the mess. They’ll leave poop, dropped food, and debris everywhere. Sweep and clean your outdoor space regularly.

Bird Noise

Some high-pitched calls are near-deafening, especially first thing in the morning and at sunset. Vocalizations will be more elevated during the breeding season.

Pest Species

Certain species, like monk parakeets, are considered pests that disrupt public infrastructure and damage crops. Encouraging them to visit your yard may cause problems for local farmers and gardeners.

Here are some considerations if you’re considering keeping a wild parrot as a pet.