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25 Different Types of Green Parrots (with Pictures)

Last Updated on February 18, 2024 by Carrie Stephens

The dominant color of parrots is green. Due to the mix of colors in their feathers, each green parrot has a unique and colorful kaleidoscope pattern, making it unique and eye-catching.

Despite only having red and yellow pigments, parrots appear green due to light reflecting off their feather structures. This light-scattering process produces a green effect.

According to The Journal of Experimental Biology, green feathers reflect blue-green light due to “spongy nanostructured barb cells.” Green feathers are due to a pigment filtering short-wavelength blue light.

According to Science Illustrated, melanin and feather structure determine parrots’ colors. The lightness and darkness of feathers depend on melanin levels.

Green Parrot Varieties

Green is the predominant color of parrots’ feathers, but there are often hints of blue, yellow, and red.

Due to their threatened conservation status, many parrots are only found in the wild. In contrast, others are commonly observed in captivity as their numbers remain robust.

Here’s a list of the different types of green parrots:

Quaker Parrots

The Quaker parrot (Myiopsitta monachus) is also known as the Quaker parakeet, monk parrot, and monk parakeet. Their origin lies in South America, notably Argentina.

Adult Quakers have bright green colors on their head, wings, and back. Their breast, cheeks, and throat are gray, and their flight feathers are blue. You’ll find the undersides of their tails are light green.

Their name comes from the gray section on the front of their neck, resembling a Quaker bib. Quakers measure 11-12 inches from beak to tail and weigh 100 grams.

Quaker Parrot

Amazon Parrots

Amazon parrots (Amazona) have bright green bodies, and their size is species-specific. Their heads and foreheads bear unique markings.

There are 30+ species, each with unique forehead feathers that can be colored red, lilac, yellow, or blue.

The Southern Mealy Amazon parrot measures 15-16 inches, making it the largest bird, whereas the white-fronted Amazon parrot, which measures 9.8 inches, is the smallest.

They inhabit the Amazon Basin in South America, Mexico, and the West Indies.

Amazons, called “kriken” (French for screechers), are noisy birds.

Amazon Parrot

Military Macaws

The primary color of military macaws (Ara militaris) is green, with lime green crowns and varying shades of green on their large bodies.

They have black beaks. They’re adorned with pale blue edges on their wings, striking reds and yellows in their tail feathers, and a bright red strip of feathers directly above the beak.

Males and females weigh 2 to 2.5 pounds and measure 27 to 33 inches.

Three subspecies of military macaws have been identified:

  • Ara militaris militaris.
  • Ara militaris mexicana.
  • Ara militaris boliviana.

Military macaws are native to Central and South America, including countries like Argentina and Mexico. They live in flocks of up to 40 birds and are social creatures.

Lovebirds

With their stocky build, pointy beaks, and short, blunt feathers, Agapornis are called “‘pocket parrots.” The primary color of their feathers is green, with distinct colors on their upper body based on their species.

They measure only 5 to 6.5 inches and weigh 45 to 60 grams. The black-winged lovebird is the largest genus, measuring 6.5 inches and weighing 58 grams.

All 9 species of lovebirds are native to the grassland regions (forests, woodlands, savannas, and shrublands) of Africa, notably Madagascar.

Below are listed the 9 species of lovebirds:

  • Peachface lovebirds.
  • Fischer’s lovebirds.
  • Black-masked lovebirds.
  • Madagascar lovebirds.
  • Black-cheeked lovebirds.
  • Black-collared lovebirds.
  • Red-faced lovebirds.
  • Abyssinian lovebirds.
  • Lilian’s lovebirds.

According to Smithsonian Magazine, lovebirds are known to mate for life and long for each other.

Lovebird

Senegal Parrots

Senegal parrots (Poicephalus senegalus) have green chests and wings with grey heads. They also have a red, orange, or yellow v-shaped patch on their stomachs. Senegals have an intense look.

They’re small parrots (9 inches long and weigh 120-170 grams). Their heads and beaks are disproportionately large relative to their bodies.

Senegals parrots are native to West Africa, dwelling in woodland areas. They’re found in Senegal, Nigeria, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Benin, and the Ivory Coast.

Senegals are calm and relatively quiet yet fun-loving and clever parrots. They make fewer screeching and screaming sounds, preferring to make clucking and whistling vocalizations.

Senegal Parrot

Maroon-Bellied Conures

Green is the dominant color of maroon-bellied conures (Pyrrhura frontalis).

The green is darker on their wings and back and lighter on the stomach. There’s a scaly-looking area on the sides of the neck and beneath the neckline.

Underneath the tail, the feathers are a mesmerizing mix of blue, purple, and crimson. The lower abdomen usually features two parallel patches of a soft crimson color.

Maroon-bellied conures are about 10 to 11 inches long and weigh 90 grams.

The maroon-bellied conure is found in South America, including Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, and Uruguay. It prefers to live in woodlands and forest edges.

They’re less noisy than other conures but make shrill shrieks and squeals when excited.

Maroon-Bellied Conure

Budgerigars

Budgies (Melopsittacus undulatus) originate from Australia and live in woodland and grassland areas. Budgies usually live in flocks of up to 100 birds, but their numbers grow during rainfall.

In th U.S., budgies are called parakeets. Green is the only natural color of wild budgies, but they usually have flashes of yellow on their heads and bodies and ‘black scalloping’ on their wings.

Most budgies are 7 to 8 inches long and weigh 35 grams. Wild birds live for up to 6 years.

Budgerigar

Great Green Macaws

Great green macaws (Ara ambiguus) look like military macaws. Both birds are primarily green, but great green macaws have lime-green feathers.

They have red foreheads and light blue feathers around the lower back and upper tail. The rest of the tail is brown-red with a soft blue tip.

They’re large birds, measuring 32-33 inches long and weighing almost 3 pounds.

Great green macaws (also known as Buffon’s or great military macaws) live in Central and Southern America, including Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, and Nicaragua.

They’re herbivorous parrots that feed on fruits, flowers, almendro seeds, nuts, roots, and bark. Great green macaws are often observed licking clay, which provides trace minerals like sodium.

Great Green Macaw

Red-Shouldered Macaws

Red-shouldered macaws, also known as Hacaws (Diopsittaca nobilis), are small and compact birds. They’re the smallest macaw, measuring 12 inches long and weighing 4.5 to 6 ounces.

They’re primarily bright green with many turquoise or aqua feathers on the top of their head. Hahn’s macaws get their name from the bright red feathers underneath their wings.

Hahn’s macaws live in South America, including Brazil, Venezuela, Bolivia, and Peru. They thrive in lowland areas of tropical forests close to lakes and rivers.

Hahn’s are usually loyal to one bird, breeding just once annually. They nest in hollowed-out trees and cliff faces, where the female will produce a clutch of 2-5 eggs.

They’re vocal and noisy birds but are considered the best talkers in the macaw family.

Red-Shouldered Macaw

Little Lorikeets

Little lorikeets (Glossopsitta pusilla) are primarily green with a striking red face called the mask. Some have yellow feathers on their shoulders, the back of the neck, and toward the tail.

They’re about 6 to 7.5 inches long and weigh 35 to 50 grams.

Little lorikeets (also called red-faced and tiny lorikeets) live in Eastern and Southern Australia in forest and woodland areas where Eucalypts (gum trees) are most prevalent.

They’re less boisterous than other lorikeet species, with friendly and amenable personalities.

Little Lorikeet

Indian Ringneck Parakeets

Indian ringneck parakeets (Psittacula krameria) are lime green with yellow feathers under their wings. They’re sexually dimorphic, meaning that males can be distinguished from females based on appearance.

Males have red beaks, black facial markings, and 3 bands of color around the neck. The classic black ring becomes visible around the neck after about 18 months.

Indian ringnecks (also called rose-ringed parakeets) are 16 inches long and weigh 115 to 140 grams.

They live in flocks of up to 100 birds in many parts of Asia (India and Pakistan), Sudan, and the Middle East. They prefer areas with fewer trees, notably farmland.

They vocalize loudly (squawking and shrieking) to warn flock members of threats (like predators), which is how they earned the name ‘sentinels.’

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Eclectus Parrots (Male)

Male Eclectus parrots (Eclectus roratus) are bright emerald green with red and blue feathers underneath their wings. Their beaks are orange, and their feathers are fuzzy and soft.

They differ from females, who are mostly bright red with black beaks. This is called reverse sexual dichromatism. Both genders have relatively large heads and short tails.

Eclectus are 12 to 14.5 inches long and weigh 14 to 15 ounces.

They live in New Guinea and northeastern Australia, including Queensland, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Moluccas. They favor tropical rainforests and eucalypt woodlands.

Eclectus parrots produce a startling honking sound and ‘ contact call’ that can reach 115 decibels.

Pacific Parrotlets

Most Pacific parrotlets (Forpus coelestis) are bright green with short tails. Unlike females, male parrotlets have bright blue splashes of color on their backs and behind their eyes (called eyeshadow).

Pacific parrotlets are a small parrot species, reaching only 4.5-5.5 inches long, rarely exceeding 30 grams.

Despite being ‘pocket parrots’, pacific parrotlets have larger-than-life personalities. While they’re playful and affectionate toward each other, they can be strong-willed and feisty.

Although pacific parrotlets frequently vocalize by chattering, chirping, and tweeting, they’re less noisy than other parrots. They won’t make ear-splitting screeches like macaws.

Pacific Parrotlet

Painted Parakeets

Painted conures (Pyrrhura picta) are primarily green with a maroon-red belly and tail tip with patches of blue on the head and body. They also have a signature scaly breast that looks reptilian.

They’re small birds, averaging 8.5 inches long and weighing 54-70 grams.

Painted parakeets live in Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia, Panama, Suriname, and French Guiana. They’re most commonly found in the coastal mountains of Venezuela.

Their calls during flight are described as forceful and coarse-sounding. Despite their loud contact calls, parrots aren’t overly noisy. They’re friendly, curious, and abundantly energetic.

Painted Parakeet

Red-Fronted Macaws

Red-fronted macaws (Ara rubrogenys) are green parrots with red patches on their crowns, ears, and wing bends. They’re 21.5 to 23.5 inches long and weigh about 500 grams.

They’re native to the east-Andean slopes of south-central Bolivia.

They’re threatened by habitat destruction, illegal trapping for the pet trade, persecution by farmers, and firewood cutting. Even overgrazing by goats has depleted their food sources.

Red-Fronted Macaw

Green-Cheeked Conures

The green-cheeked conure (Pyrrhura molinae) boasts a kaleidoscope of beautiful colors.

Their feathers include various shades of green on their backs, wings, chest, neck, and cheeks. Green-cheeked conures also have red, white, and blue patches.

Green-cheeked conures (also called green-cheeked parakeets) are 10 inches long and weigh between 60 and 80 grams. They’re among the smallest birds in the conure species.

Green-cheeked conures live in the woodlands and forests of South America, including Bolivia and Brazil. They live in relatively small flocks of about 20-30 individual birds.

They have few predators due to their high-up nesting areas, but threats include the false vampire (Megadermatidae), the Harris’s Hawk, and the Ornate hawk-eagle.

Green-Cheeked Conure

Scaly-Breasted Lorikeets

Scaly-breasted lorikeets (Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus) have a mix of yellow and bright green feathers that combine to look like scales. The crown and sides of the head are bright green, tinged with blue.

The Scaly-breasted Lorikeet is 9.1 inches from head to tail, weighing 75 to 95 grams.

They hail from eastern Australia and make their home in woodland areas.

Scaly-breasted lorikeets are noisy birds, producing a high-pitched screech as a contact call. As with all birds, loris are most vocal at sunrise and sunset.

Scaly-Breasted Lorikeet

Australian Ringneck Parrots

Australian ringneck parrots (Barnardius zonarius) are almost entirely green with a thick yellow band around the neck. There are 4 subspecies with varying yellow, red, and turquoise plumage.

They’re medium-sized parrots, growing to 11 inches long and weighing between 102 and 218 grams. The bird’s size largely depends on the subspecies.

They’re primarily found in pairs or small flocks in Australia, preferring open woodlands and areas with many trees. They dislike tropical and highland areas.

Australian Ringneck Parrot

Spectacled Parrotlets

Spectacled parrotlets (Forpus conspicillatus) have all-over green feathers that grow lighter toward the tail. They have blue circles around the eyes and rose beaks and feet.

They’re just 5 inches tall and weigh 30 grams, putting them among the smallest parrot species.

Spectacled parrotlets live in central and southern America, including Columbia, Panama, and Venezuela. They thrive at altitudes of more than 1600 meters in woodland and forest areas.

They’re not noisy parrots but chatter and chirp consistently throughout the day.

Spectacled Parrotlet

Thick-Billed Parrots

Thick-billed parrots (Rhynchopsitta pachyrhyncha) are apple green, which enables them to avoid detection with the pine needles in their natural habitat, mostly in northern Mexico (Chihuahua).

They have a bright red stripe at the top of the wing and around the leg. A flash of yellow can be found underneath the wing, while the tail’s underside is jet black.

They’re called ‘snow parrots’ because they prefer elevated positions and can survive in cold weather. When the temperature falls, they usually head to lower altitudes.

Thick-billed parrots are medium-sized birds, measuring 15 inches long and weighing over 300 grams.

Thick-Billed Parrot

Short-Tailed Parrots

Short-tailed parrots (Graydidascalus brachyurus) have uniform bright green feathers and short, stubby tails. Their feathers are a lighter green around the wings.

They’re 9 to 9.5 inches long and weigh between 188 and 233 grams.

Short-tailed parrots are noisy small birds. Their flight call is “kree-ki-ki,” repeated at a high pitch.

They form relatively large flocks along the banks of the Amazon River in Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, and French Guiana. They prefer humid forest areas, river islands, and borders.

Short-Tailed Parrot

Scarlet-Shouldered Parrotlets

Also known as the red-winged parrot, scarlet-shouldered parrotlets (Touit huetii) are green with brown and yellow tones on the head and forehead.

They have blue and red shoulders that are sometimes hidden but can be seen when the bird is in flight.

The scarlet-shouldered parrotlet is 6 inches long and weighs 60 grams.

Scarlet-shouldered parrotlets live in rainforests and partially deforested woodland areas. They’re quiet and shy birds that often appear in trees without warning.

Scarlet-Shouldered Parrotlet

Edward’s Fig Parrots

Edwards fig parrots (Psittaculirostris edwardsii) are small, green parrots with blue and yellow patches.

They have a greenish-blue flash under their eyes and a violet-blue horizontal stripe on the chest. Males have red breasts that appear when they’re 10 months old.

Also called the scarlet-cheeked fig parrot, they’re 7.1 inches long and weigh 105 grams.

They live in Indonesia and Northeastern New Guinea, preferring sub-tropical and lowland forests.

Edwards fig parrots make contact calls, like the double-noted “screet-screet,” which can be heard several miles away. When perching and feeding, they often make gentle chattering sounds.

Edward’s Fig Parrot

Blue-Bellied Parrots

Blue-bellied parrots (Triclaria malachitacea) have long tails, bright green feathers, and a white beak.

Male blue-bellied parrots are green with a blue-purple patch on their abdomens and lower breasts. Female blue-bellied parrots only have a green underside.

Blue-bellied parrots, or purple-bellied parrots as they’re also known, are the only species in their genus. They reach 11 inches long and weigh 90 grams.

They live in the Atlantic Forest of southeastern Brazil but have been spotted in the Misiones in Argentina.

Blue-Bellied Parrot

Sri Lanka Hanging Parrots

Sri Lanka hanging parrots (Loriculus beryllinus) are small birds (5 inches long and 25-30 grams) with short, stubby tails and bright green feathers. The nape and back both have a soft orange tint.

Males and females have a red bill and rump, but males have a red crown.

Sri Lanka hanging parrots live exclusively in the wet zones of Sri Lankan forests, including the cloud forests, Sinharaja rainforest, Kitulgala forest reserve, and Udawatta Kale forest reserve.

They’re diurnal birds and live in flocks of up to 10 birds. During the day, they spend much of their day foraging for fruit, nectar, and seeds. They’re instantly recognized by a “kik-kik-kik” calling sound.

Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot

How Much Green Parrots Cost

Some green parrots, including the blue-bellied military macaw and thick-billed parrot, are on the brink of extinction and are almost impossible to get hold of due to conservation efforts.

Many other green parrots make good pets. To help you budget the cost, we’ve put the most common green parrots from the lowest to the highest price.

Parrot SpeciesAverage Cost
Great Green Macaw$3,000 – $4,000
Amazon Parrot$1,000 – $3,000 (depending on the breed)
Male Eclectus Parrot$1,000 – $3,000
Military Macaw$2,500
Red-Shouldered Macaw$800 – $2,000
Red-Fronted Macaw$1,500
Indian Ringneck Parakeet$400 – $700
Little Lorikeet$400 – $700
Quaker Parakeet$250 – $550
Australian Ringneck Parrot$400 – $500
Spectacled Parrotlet$300 – $500
Senegal Parrot$200 – $500
Green-Cheeked Conure$150 – $350
Pacific Parrotlet$100 – $350
Scaly-Breasted Lorikeet$150 – $300
Maroon-Bellied Conure$125 – $250
Lovebird$40 – $130
Painted Parakeet$40 – $70
Budgerigar$10 – $35

How Long Green Parrots Live

The average life expectancy of parrots varies depending on the species. Smaller parrots tend to have a shorter lifespan, whereas large parrots can live for 60 years.

The expected lifespan of the most common green parrot species is as follows:

Parrot SpeciesExpected Lifespan (in years)
Red-Fronted Parrot80
Military Macaw60
Great Green Macaw50 – 60
Amazon Parrot50
Male Eclectus Parrot30 – 50
Red-shouldered Macaw30 – 50
Maroon-Bellied Conure35
Green-Cheeked Conure30
Thick Billed Parrot30
Senegal Parrot30
Indian Ringneck Parakeet20 – 30
Spectacled Parrotlet20 – 30
Short-Tailed Parrot10 – 30
Scarlet-Shouldered Parrotlet25
Quaker Parakeet20 – 30
Little Lorikeet15 – 20
Pacific Parrotlet15 – 20
Scaly-Breasted Lorikeet15 – 20
Australian Ringneck Parrot15
Edward’s Fig Parrot15
Lovebird10 – 15
Painted Parakeet5 – 14
Blue-Bellied Parrot12
Budgerigar5 – 10
Sri Lanka Hanging ParrotUnknown

While striking, not all green parrots are suitable as pets.