Solomon Islands Eclectus Parrot

Origin - New Guinea and Australia

Size - 14" from beak to tail

Lifespan - 25 to 40years

Eclectus parrots are one of the more popular birds kept in captivity, as either parent or hand reared. Unlike many other species of parrot they are relatively easy to breed yet difficult to hand feed. Eclectus in captivity require vegetables high in beta-carotene, such as lightly cooked sweet potato, fresh broccoli clumps, and fresh corn on the cob. Fresh greens such as endive or commercial dandelion are very important in providing calcium and other nutrients. Spray millet is one of the seed items they enjoy, though the Eclectus diet should typically contain much less seed than other birds. A variety of soaked and cooked beans and legumes, along with brown rice, provided in limited amounts help provide protein. Nuts and seeds provide vitamin E, but should be limited in order to avoid too much fat in the diet, as Eclectus parrots can become obese.

Blue Headed Pionus

Origin - Central and South America

Size - 11" from beak to tail

Lifespan - 25 years

The Blue-headed Parrot (Pionus menstruus) - also known as the Blue-head Amazon or Red-vented Parrot, is endemic to tropical Central and South America, from Costa Rica and Trinidad south to Bolivia and South to Central Brazil.  The plumage of the adult Blue Headed Pionus is generally green. The head, neck and upper breast are a deep blue.  They feed on fruits, seeds, berries and blossom. Blue-headed Pionus Parrots are increasingly popular as pets. They are very affectionate and although they are not birds that particularly enjoy being cuddled, they do love a head scratch. They are quite independent birds, they are happy to amuse themselves with toys and food without constant attention from the owner. Well-socialized pionus parrots really enjoy interacting with people.

Rosella

Origin - Australia

Size - 10" to 14.5" from beak to tail

Lifespan - 20 plus years

A rosella is one of six species of colourful Australian parrots in the genus Platycercus. Platycercus means "broad-tailed" or "flat-tailed", reflecting a feature common to the rosellas and other members of the broad-tailed parrot tribe. Their diet is mainly seeds and fruit.  Early European settlers encountered the eastern rosella at Rose Hill, New South Wales, now Parramatta, and so they called it the Rosehill parakeet which became "Rosehiller", and eventually "rosella".

Rainbow Lorikeet

Origin - Australia

Size - 10 to 12"" from beak to tail

Lifespan - 20 plus years

Rainbow Lorikeets often travel together in pairs and occasionally respond to calls to fly as a flock, then disperse again into pairs. Rainbow Lorikeet pairs defend their feeding and nesting areas aggressively against other rainbow Lorikeets and other bird species. They chase off not only smaller birds such as the Noisy Miner and the little Wattlebird, but also larger birds such as the Australian magpie.  Rainbow Lorikeets feed mainly on fruit, pollen and nectar, and possess a tongue adapted especially for their particular diet. The end of the tongue is equipped with a papillate appendage adapted to gathering pollen and nectar from flowers.  Rainbow Lorikeets are sweet, affectionate birds who are known for their comical antics and congenial personalities.

Quaker Parrot (Monk Parrot)

Origin - South America

Size - 12" from beak to tail

Lifespan - 20-30 years

Confident and social birds.  Known for their talking and singing abilities.  They tend to bond closely with one person.  Most are gentle and make wonderful pets. They can be cage agressive and loud at times.  Better kept as single pets if you want them to bond with you and learn to talk.


African Grey Parrot

Origin - Congo, Africa

Size - 12" to 14" from beak to tail

Lifespan - Up to 80 years

The African Grey Parrot is an amazing bird which hails from the rain forests of Africa.  Revered for their beauty, personality and intelligence, the African Grey parrot has come to be a popular addition to any family that wishes to co-exist with them.  Because they can live up to 80 years they require quite a commitment. 


Senegal Parrot 

OriginWest Africa

Size - 10" from beak to tail

Lifespan - Up to 50 years

Hand fed Senegals make extraordinary pets,
and are known for being comical and entertaining. They are colorful, relatively small, and have the ability to talk and mimic,  although they tend to be considerably more quiet than many other parrot species. Most well socialized Senegals have very friendly personalities, but potential owners should be aware that Senegals have a tendency to become "one person" birds, and may not desire interaction with other family members.


Indian Ring Neck Parrots

Origin - India and Burma

Size - 16" from beak to tail

Lifespan - 15 to 25years

The Rose-Ringed Parakeet or Indian Ringneck is classified as a smaller parrot known as a parakeet. These birds have a hooked beak, a long tail, and are smaller in size compared to most parrots. These parrots are about 16 inches in length and they have a stealthy appearance that sets them apart from most exotic birds.

Wild Indain Ringnecks are green with undertones of blue that can be seen during overcast days. These parrots have yellow feathers underling their wings and tail. Both males and females look very similar; however, the male has a black ring around his neck. His ring is highlighted with turquoise, pink, and blue. Although the female may not exhibit the impressive ring of the male, many Indian Ringneck enthusiasts will argue a slight green ring is visible.

Both sexes have large tails that are comprised of 12 feathers. The two largest tail feathers, which are blue, make up a large part of the parrot’s size. These elaborate tails can extend as much as 7 inches outward for the male and 6 inches outward for the female. Because these parrots are mostly green, they are very difficult to see during roosting or perching in trees. Most of the time, the presence of these parrots can be given away through their contact calls.


Caiques

Origin - South America (Amazon Basin)

Size - 9 to 10" from beak to tail

Lifespan - Up to 40 years but average is 20 to 25 years

Caiques are known for the strong bonds that they can form with humans, so if you're looking for a new best friend, this may be the species for you. Caiques are playful, comical little birds who enjoy activities and the opportunity to explore. Some Caiques may learn to speak a few words, but most prefer to stick to "bird speak". Caiques usually do well alone or in pairs, but be careful not to cage a Caique with a bird of another species -- they can become aggressive and deliver surprisingly harsh bites.


Parrotlets

Origin - Middle and South America

Size - 4" to 5"

Lifespan - 20 to 30 years

There are several species of Parrotlets. The most well-known and popular species is the Pacific Parrotlet, wherein both males and females are a basic blue green in color. Pacifics are known to be feisty and bold, a true representation of the Parrotlet’s moniker – “A large parrot personality in a small parrot body”.  When kept as single birds, Parrotlets make the best pets. They show no tendency towards sharing and would be jealous and combative when placed with another Parrotlet. They bond with the person who spends the most time with them between the ages of six and twelve weeks although it is still possible to make excellent pets out of older Parrotlets.  


Below are some videos and sound files of Pickles, our pet Quaker.