10 Green Feathered Birds You Can Keep as Pets
Based on the 2019-2020 National Pet Owners survey carried out by the American Pet Products Association (APPA), it was estimated that about 5.7 million American households keep pet birds. These birds are of different sizes, colors land temperaments.
Green seems to be a prevalent color among them. While there are multi-colored birds, it’s quite rare to find an entirely green bird. From green cheeked conure to pacific parrotlet, here are 10 green birds you can keep as pets. Let’s get started!
1. Green Cheeked Conure
Looking for that perfect family pet? Green Cheeked Conure is an excellent option. These birds are small, bubbly, extremely quiet, and loving. They can live for about 10 to 25 years, but this depends on how they’re well taken care of.
With their beauty and intelligence, which have captured the hearts of many birds’ lovers, Green Cheeked Conure are commonly kept as pets. Although they’re quiet, these birds can be trained to learn some words and do easy tricks.
They can be quite loud at times. Considered one of the smallest conures, Green cheeked conure are often mistaken to be the maroon-bellied conure, a similar species.
Provide a conducive and enriched environment for your pet with toys for daily exercise, a spacious cage with a continuous food supply daily.
2. Nanday Conure
Nanday Conure, also known as a black-hooded parakeet, is a famous pet bird in the United States. Their clownish personality makes them outgoing and fun to be with.
With blue tail feathers contrasting with dark colors beneath many feathers and red stripes on legs, you can’t distinguish the male from the female bird. Nanday Conures are energetic, feisty, and can sometimes be noisy with their loud pitched natural calls.
They can shout and shriek for no exact reason. They’re brilliant, can learn tricks and speak about 20 words. These birds consume lots of fruits, nuts, berries, and vegetables. Their size, bright colors, communicative and social skills contribute to their growing popularity and use for bird shows.
3. Monk Parakeet
Popularly known as Quaker parrots, these social birds are notable for their charming and exciting personalities. If you want a funny parrot in a smaller package, then this bird will be the right one for you.
Suitable for committed beginners, a Quaker parrot makes an excellent choice for bird lovers. Due to their exceptional talking ability, they’re considered chatterboxes. Once you form bonds with this green bird, they can become loyal to you and be your companion for years.
Several Quakers have a vast vocabulary and can conjure multiple phrases. This little beauty possesses singing talent and is a good mimic.
Quakers can become overweight like other bird species if their diets are unchecked. Besides formulated food, fresh vegetables, fruits, and nuts should be included in their diet.
4. Blue-Crowned Parakeet
This medium-sized parrot is quite gentler and quieter compared to other conure species. Both male and female species are similar in color and pattern. You’ll have to do a genetic test to distinguish the male from the female.
At birth, the blue-crowned parakeet has a reddish head, which later changes to bright blue when it becomes mature.
Besides the signature green body and distinct blue head, this pet bird also has reddish tips on their tail feathers, pink-brown legs and feet, white featherless rings around their eyes and horn-colored mandibles.
Whether human or another bird, blue-crowned parakeet likes company. Who wouldn’t want a pet with a moderate level of noise, low maintenance, and good health as a hassle-free companion and entertaining friend!
5. Green Budgerigar
Commonly referred to as the budgies, these seed-eating parrots are the third most popular pet in the world, after the dog and cat. The popularity is due to their small size, low price, and ability to imitate humans.
The tamed budgies can be trained to talk, whistle, and play with humans. Though both males and females can sing, learn to do tricks and mimic voices and words, the males have mastered the art of singing and mimicry.
While females can mimic just a dozen words, the males can speak large vocabularies ranging from a few dozen to a hundred words. To keep their beaks trimmed, budgies will chew on anything they find. Their lifespan is about 15-20 years, but this depends mainly on their breed, lineage, health, exercise, and diet.
6. Green Amazon Parrot
Having energetic personalities, Green amazon parrots are most times described as energetic, outgoing, and bubbly. They’re often referred to as the “life of the party.” The male species display their macho behavior by strutting across the tabletop or flaring their tail feathers.
Amazon parrots are playful, and they enjoy destroying their wooden toys and swinging upside down in the cage. Their moods can be easily read as they’re good at communicating through body language.
For an excited parrot, you’ll see its pinned eyes, fanned tail feathers, or raised head. The pet owner should study his or her Amazon parrot’s body language to understand the bird’s mood.
An excited parrot might be expressing that it doesn’t want to be touched, and failure to grasp the message can result in a bite.
7. Red-Faced Lovebird
Just like the name, red-faced (red-headed) love birds are known for their loving, compassionate bond formed between their mates. With about 9 species available in the world, only a few are kept as pets. The short-tailed parrots exist in small groups.
While the males have a red and black patch on the face and underwing, the females have an orange face. Lovebirds are usually bold, curious, and always active. There is a belief that they come in pairs because of photos of loved birds cuddling each other.
Little wonder they form bonds with other lovebirds. A female lovebird can be territorial, guiding her cage. These chatter bunches are often seen singing or whistling all day. One will assume they talk but not in the way you think.
8. Burrowing Parrot
Also known as the Patagonian conure, the burrowing parrot is a popular pet with an adorable look. The ability to strike a balance between their silly acts and affectionate nature make them lovely pets, with no dulling moment.
These parrots are robust and long-tailed, with heads slightly smaller than the body. Though these birds aren’t noisy, they’re quite expressive. They’re skilled at mimicking and repeating short words.
Burrowing parrots can bark, produce alarms, similar sounds, and whistle. These behavioral patterns are suitable for household settings. A conure bird seed mix is a good starter for your pet bird. Also, you can include various fruits, vegetables, and mealworms in their diet.
Compared to other parrot species, the Patagonian Conure has the biggest feet.
9. Pacific Parrotlet
Beautiful, intelligent, and charming best describe this parrot species. Popularly referred to as “pocket parrots”, Pacific Parrotlets, the smallest parrot family members, make an ideal choice for people living in condos or apartments.
If you don’t have room to accommodate a larger bird, this will be the perfect one for you. Similar to Amazon parrot in appearance and temperance, these two species vary in size. Though Parrotlets are majorly green, they come in mutated colors like albino, blue, and lutino.
These small members are voracious eaters with increased metabolism and feed on fresh fruits, vegetables, and pelleted foods.
Turaco birds are not very common pet birds, so if you want to have a really unique pet, this might be a good option. Though, you need to consider a few things before getting a green Guinea turaco (Turaco persa).
They need a lot of space to run and fly around, so keeping them in a small bird cage will not be an option. They are are not as social as parrots, and don’t bond well with humans. Sometimes they can become aggressive even with their mates.
Turacos like to be kept in pairs, but aggressive birds can only be kept alone. Turacos can be housed with smaller birds such as finches or canaries.
Turaco birds have a long lifespan, they can live up to 30 years in captivity. There are many types of turacos, their size varies between 14-28 inches (35-70 cm).
The green turaco is 16-17 inches (40-43 cm) long and its weight can reach 8-10 oz (225-300 g).
Now you know the various green birds you can keep as pets. Ensure you choose the one that best suits your personality and household settings.
With various breeds of birds available in pet stores, you’ll need to study the feathered species so that you can take adequate care of them.