Parrot color

Parrot color: The parrot is a companion bird that charms in several ways. His behavior, first of all, allows you to interact easily with him, in particular thanks to his faculties of imitation. But what attracts me at first glance is his physical appearance and especially his colors. From red to blue through green, yellow, pink, gray, or white, the colors of its plumage are of great variety. Find out everything you need to know about parrot colors.

Feathers colors

There is a certain logic in the coloring of the plumage. It meets two criteria. First of all, it is very specific pigments that generate the majority of colors in parrots. These pigments have been discovered precisely in these birds only and have never been spotted in other parrot species.

They are the origin of three colors in the parrot  : red, orange, and yellow. These substances are not linked to the food of the birds but are formed when the feathers grow.

On the other hand, another part of the colors comes from the composition of certain feathers and their reaction to light. This is how the color green is formed in parrots! Moreover, this green color is fairly represented in several species, such as the Amazons, the Eclectus parrot (male only), and certain macaws.

Melanin pigments are responsible for more or less dark colors. In parrots, the level of melanin can cause darker colors on certain parts of the plumage.

Know that food does not play a role in the Parrot color themselves or their intensity. On the other hand, it has an influence on their brightness. During molting periods, it may be useful to give them egg food which will contribute to the beauty of the feathers.

a diet adapted to your parrot contributes to its general good health and the beauty of its plumage. In our stores, you will find complete seed mixtures for the daily diet of parrots. Moreover, since these birds were tamed by humans, color mutations have appeared in many species: lutino (dominant yellow), turquoise, cinnamon…

Parrot colorful

Many Parrot colors exist in nature. This variety and the beauty of the plumages captivated humans as soon as they discovered them. Indeed, the populations of Latin America in particular used feathers to create hairstyles and other ornaments.

Color pigments are useful for parrots at the time of reproduction and sexual attraction. The distinction between a male and a female is often difficult or even impossible to make for the human eye (except in the Greater Electus, we will come back to this later). It happens that the colors are more pronounced and vivid in the male parrot and duller in the female, but this is not a generality. On the other hand, birds know how to recognize their future partner!

Eclectus parrot


The Eclectus parrot represents the only species of parrot in which the male and the female are physically different (some cockatoos may have different eyes). This is called sexual dimorphism. In this case, they are even very different and are immediately recognizable! Both are equally beautiful. You should know that, for many years, since the discovery of this breed and until the end of the 19th century, scientists considered them to be two different species…

The main color of the male Eclectus parrot is bright green. A few touches of blue and red are present under the wings and on the tail. It has a yellow-orange beak.

As for the female Eclectus, its plumage is a very beautiful red, with blue verging on the mauve at the level of the abdomen. We find the blue in the form of a necklace at the level of the neck. It may happen to find yellow on the tail. Its beak is black.

Amazon parrots

parrot amazon

Amazon parrots have beautifully varied colors. The Blue-fronted Parrot, for example, is green over most of its body. Also, the wings contain some blue, red, and yellow. His forehead is blue, which gave him his name. Yellow is present around the eyes and on the cheeks. The beak and legs are grey.

The Red-crowned Amazon, on the other hand, already has three colors only at the level of the head! Its name comes from the red that is found at the level of the forehead and which distinguishes it from its blue-fronted cousin. The top of the head is blue and the cheeks are yellow to yellow-green in color.

Senegal parrot

Youyou senegal

It is also called Youyou parrot or Senegal Parrot in English. Three main colors characterize it: gray, green, and a variation of yellow, orange, or red depending on the individual. The demarcations between these three colors are very visible.

Its head is all grey, as well as its beak. The cheeks are a slightly paler, silvery grey. The green color is on its back, wings, and upper chest, where it runs down to the middle of the V-shaped belly. The belly is yellow to red, with the color moving up the shoulders following the letter V.

By looking at the color of the feathers located under the tail, it is possible to know if it is a male or a female. When the feathers are yellow, it is a male and if they are green or green-yellow, then it is a female.

Galah Cockatoo

Also called a rose-breasted cockatoo, it offers a beautiful variegation of pink, gray, and white. The colors are softer and less vivid than in other parrots.

As the name suggests, the entire breast is a rather dark pink, rising to the face. The top of the head and the crest consist of very light pink (or pinkish-white) feathers. The rest of the body is grey, with shades of light gray to dark grey. The flight feathers in particular (large wing feathers) are dark grey. The tip of the tail is also dark. The beak is light gray and the legs are gray.

Sulfur-crested cockatoo

These two species of cockatoos have white plumage. Or almost, since there is a little yellow below their wings and their tail. Their beak and legs are grey. The eyes are darker in the male (dark brown) than in the female (reddish brown). The only difference between these two white cockatoos is the color of the crest, yellow or white.

Cockatoos have the particularity of having a crest on their head that they can erect according to their feelings, especially when they are afraid.


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