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15 Types of Small Parrots (with Pictures)

Last Updated on January 23, 2024 by Carrie Stephens

Buff-faced pygmy parrots are the smallest parrot species in the world, measuring just 3 inches long. They eat a special diet of fungi and lichens (found in bark).

The world’s smallest pet parrot is the parrotlet. It’s about 4.5 to 5 inches long and weighs 18 to 28 grams.

Other small parrot species that make good pets are lovebirds, budgies, and Bourke’s parakeets. Also, Senegal parrots and several conure species are good-natured smaller birds.

The smallest mini macaw is the Hahn’s. Although a medium-sized parrot, it’s the smallest macaw.

Smallest Parrot Species

Parrot SpeciesAverage Length (Inches)Average Weight (Grams)
Parrotlets4.5 – 5″18 – 28 g
Lovebirds5 – 7″40 – 60 g
Budgies7 – 8″30 – 40 g
Bourke’s Parakeets7 – 8″40 – 50 g
Meyer’s Parrots8 – 9″120 g
Painted Conures8.5 – 9.5″55 g
Crimson-Bellied Parakeets9.5″79 – 94 g
Half-Moon Conures9.5″87 g
Senegal Parrots9 – 10″113 – 170 g
Brown-throated Conures10″100 g
Peach-Fronted Conures10″105 g
White-Fronted Amazons10″220 g
Blue-Headed Pionus Parrots10 – 12″250 g
Hahn’s Macaws12 – 14″140 – 165 g
Cockatiels12 – 13″70 – 120 g

Parrotlets

Parrotlet

There are 19 species of parrotlets, but you’re most likely to have pet Pacific parrotlets and green-rumped parrotlets.

Parrotlets are 4.5-5 inches long and quiet birds, so they’re ideal for apartments and small homes with close neighbors.

Despite their size, they have a lifespan of 15-20 years.

While they enjoy spending time with their owners, they’re happy to amuse themselves as long as they have toys and things to do. They’re not good talkers, but some can learn a few words.

Their personalities vary – some are shy, while others are more noisy and confident. Parrotlets are usually spirited birds that get along well with other members of their species.

Parrotlets will be comfortable in a cage measuring 19″ (wide) x 19″ (deep) x 26″ (high).

Lovebirds

Lovebird

Lovebirds are small and compact, reaching 5-7 inches long and weighing 40 to 60 grams. They usually live for 12-15 years.

Their closest cousins are Amazon parrots, which is why they have fun-loving personalities. They are also inquisitive and form strong pair bonds with other lovebirds.

Lovebirds can be happy alone if you spend sufficient time with them. Introducing a second bird will compromise the human-parrot relationship.

Lovebirds show affection by chattering and whistling. They also squeak and sing when happy.

While small, lovebirds need exercise and socialization to prevent boredom. They’re not good talkers. If you get a lovebird from a young age, you may be able to train it to learn a few basic words.

Lovebirds will be contented in a cage that measures 36″ (wide) x 24″ (deep) x 36″ (high).

Budgerigars

Budgie

Budgies are among the smallest pet birds, only 7-8 inches long and weighing 30-40 grams.

There are 2 different types: English budgies and Australian budgies. The English variety is larger, more relaxed, and quieter.

Budgies have an average lifespan of 7-15 years in captivity with good care. If not, their life expectancy will be shortened.

You can buy yellow, blue, and green budgies for $20-30, although rarer color mutations, like the anthracite budgerigar, can fetch thousands of dollars.

Budgies are good at mimicking human words and sounds and often sing. Some have a 1000+ word vocabulary. They’re social birds that enjoy spending time with their owners.

The ideal cage size for budgies is 12″ (wide) x 18″ (deep) x 18″ (high).

Bourke’s Parakeets

Bourke’s Parakeet

Bourke’s parakeets measure 7-8 inches and are a similar shape and size to budgies. Most have a lifespan of 10-20 years.

Bourke’s parakeets are sexually dimorphic, as the male is slightly larger with a primarily blue forehead.

Bourke’s are quiet with friendly personalities. They produce sweet melodies but can emit high-pitched squeals when startled.

They’re quieter than most parrots and don’t talk or perform tricks.

The ideal cage size for Bourke’s parakeets is 36″ (wide) x 24″ (deep) x 24″ (high).

Meyer’s Parrots

Meyer’s Parrot

Meyer’s parrots are closely related to Senegals because they’re members of the Poicephalus family.

They’re not as well-known but smaller, measuring 8-9 inches long.

Meyer’s are relatively stocky and weigh as much as 120 grams, making them a heavy species relative to their length.

They’re calm, quiet birds that produce soft chirps and high-pitched tweets. They can learn to repeat words with the proper training from a young age.

Meyer’s parrots enjoy watching the world go by but need human interaction. If you socialize with them, they become loving and affectionate birds.

The cage for Meyer’s parrots should be 20″ (wide) x 20″ (deep) x 18″ (high).

Painted Conures

Painted Conure

Painted conures are 8.5 to 9.5 inches long, making them the smallest member of the conure family.

Their plumage is mostly green with white and light grey tips on the chest. They also have a mixture of blue, red, burgundy, and grey feathers, which give them their ‘painted’ name.

They’re not as commonly kept as pets as pineapple green-cheeked conures.

They vocalize less often than other conures but have lots of energy for play. They sometimes scream when over-excited, so bear that in mind if you live in an apartment setting.

Painted conures need a cage that’s 20″ (wide) x 20″ (deep) x 30″ (high).

Crimson-Bellied Parakeets

Crimson-Bellied Parakeet

Crimson-bellied parakeets reach approximately 9.5 inches in length and weigh between 79 and 94 grams.

They’re relatively quiet, so they shouldn’t upset your neighbors with loud vocalizations. They can talk a little, but it’s not their best trait.

Crimson-bellied parakeets are trusting and build strong bonds with their owners. They’re docile, well-behaved, and easygoing.

To keep a parrot happy and healthy, ensure it has access to toys and enrichment. It’ll need 3+ perches and a cage that’s 24″ (wide) x 24″ (deep) x 30″ (high).

Half-Moon Conures

Half-Moon Conure

Half-moon conures average 9.5-10 inches long and have primarily green plumage with eye-catching orange foreheads.

They’re active and excitable parrots. Half-moon conures like to play, so provide them with several perches and fun toys.

Half-moon conures aren’t as noisy as other same-species birds. They’re good-natured, making ideal family pets.

Half-moon conures need a cage that’s 20″ (wide) x 20″ (deep) x 30″ (high).

Senegal Parrots

Senegal Parrot

Senegal parrots are a small species, reaching an average length of 9-10 inches and weighing between 113 and 170 grams.

There are two subspecies of Senegal parrots:

  • P. s. Senegalus: Distinguished by a yellow chest.
  • P. s. Vesteri: Known for its orange and red chests.

While their average lifespan is 20-30, some have reached 50.

Senegal parrots can learn some words. They’re usually quiet birds with affectionate personalities. However, they can get nippy if you’re not attentive to their needs.

Senegal parrots thrive in a cage that measures at least 20 (wide) x 20 (deep) x 28 inches (high).

Brown-Throated Conures

Brown-Throated Conure

Brown-throated conures have mostly green bodies with brown feathers around the tops of their chests.

Adults reach around 10 inches long and 100 grams in weight.

Compared to sun conures and Nanday, brown-throated conures are communicative but are more tolerable in terms of their noise.

Brown-throated conures need a cage that’s 20 (wide) x 20 (deep) x 30 inches (high).

Peach-Fronted Conures

Peach-Fronted Conure

Peach-fronted conures are 10 inches long, with green plumage and an orange head. Their long tails are proportionate to their bodies.

Peach-fronted conures are friendly, enjoying human interaction.

They’re not good talking birds but can mimic sounds. They’re communicative but lack an extensive vocal range. They occasionally make high-pitched calling sounds.

The ideal cage size for peach-fronted conures is 24 (wide) x 18 (deep) x 24 inches (high).

White-Fronted Amazon Parrots

White-Fronted Amazon Parrot

White-fronted Amazon parrots are the smallest Amazon species, measuring 10 inches and weighing 220 grams.

They have a life expectancy of up to 50 years.

Don’t be fooled by their size – white-fronted Amazons have larger-than-life personalities, making them popular pets.

Even in the wild, they sometimes approach people they don’t know.

White-fronted Amazons are good talkers and can develop an extensive vocabulary. They can also learn various vocalizations, ranging from squeals to barking to trills.

White-fronted Amazon parrots need a cage that’s 24 (wide) x 36 (deep) x 48 inches (high).

Blue-Headed Pionus Parrots

Blue-Headed Pionus Parrot

The blue-headed pionus is the smallest of all pionus parrots, reaching 10-12 inches long and weighing 250 grams.

They have bright green feathers and bright blue heads. Many blue-headed pionus parrots live for up to 30 years with proper care.

While some blue-headed pionus parrots can learn to say a few words, their voices are gravelly and unclear.

Even though they are known for being independent, they still bond closely with their owners.

The minimum cage size for a blue-headed pionus is 24″ (wide) x 24″ (deep) x 32″ (high).

Hahn’s Macaws

Hahn’s Macaw

Macaws less than 20 inches are classified as miniature (minis).

According to the American Federation of Aviculture, Hahn’s, or red-shouldered macaws, are the smallest of their species.

Hahn’s macaws are primarily green, with dark green feathers on their foreheads and a red patch under their wings.

Despite being 12-14 inches long and weighing 140 to 165 grams, Hahn’s macaws are powerful birds with strong beaks and jaws.

Although small for macaws, they’re noisy, especially if kept in pairs.

Hahn’s are intelligent parrots that can learn tricks if you spend enough time training them. Many birds are capable talkers if you teach them words early in life.

The minimum cage size for a Hahn’s macaw is 34″ (wide) x 24″ (deep) x 36″ (high).

Cockatiels

Cockatiel

Cockatiels, also known as quarrions or weiros, are native to Australia.

They’re the smallest members of the cockatoo family, reaching 12-13 inches long as adult birds.

Cockatoos have a mid-gray body, a bright yellow face and crest, and a lovely orange cheek spot. Their crests reveal their mood).

They’re good-natured parrots with an affectionate and loving nature. They like petting and being near their owners, so they’ll cherish any time you spend together.

Cockatiels are talkative parrots, which many owners find endearing. They often mimic household appliances, such as alarm clocks, kettle whistles, and microwave beeps.

A cockatiel’s cage should be at least 20″ (wide) x 20″ (deep) x 24″ (high).

How Long Small Parrots Can Live

Parrot SpeciesAverage Lifespan (Years)
Parrotlets15 – 20 years
Lovebirds12 – 15 years
Budgies5 – 8 years
Bourke’s Parakeets5 – 8 years
Meyer’s Parrots20 – 30 years
Painted Conures15 – 20 years
Crimson-Bellied Parakeets20 years
Half-Moon Conures20 – 30 years
Senegal Parrots20 – 30 years
Brown-throated Conures10 – 25 years
Peach-Fronted Conures20 – 30 years
White-Fronted Amazons50+ years
Blue-Headed Pionus Parrots30 – 40 years
Hahn’s Macaws20 – 30 years
Cockatiels15 – 25 years

How Much Small Parrots Cost

Parrot SpeciesAverage Price (USD)
Parrotlets$120 – $350
Lovebirds$50 – $200
Budgies$10 – $35
Meyer’s Parrots$400 – $800
Bourke’s Parakeets$100 – $300
Painted Conures$600 – $800
Crimson-Bellied Parakeets$450 – $2,500
Half-Moon Conures$300 – $400
Senegal Parrots$500 – $1,000
Brown-throated Conures$250 – $400
Peach-Fronted Conures$300 – $400
White-Fronted Amazons$1,000 – $3,000
Blue-Headed Pionus Parrots$900 – $1,700
Hahn’s Macaws$800 – $2,000
Cockatiel$120 – $250

Factors that affect the price of small parrots include:

  • Seller (Breeder, pet shop, bird rescue, etc).
  • Age.
  • Gender.
  • Health.
  • Unique markings.
  • Talking ability.
  • Rarity.

Most types of small parrots make good pets for beginners. Their personalities and temperaments often make them well-suited to homes with limited space.