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White-Crowned Parrot

White-Crowned Parrot Pet Bird Profile

Size ca. 5.1 inches (13 cm)
Origin Ecuador, Peru
Color Green, blue, yellow; multi-colored
Lifespan 12-20 years
Personality Playful, funny, likes learning tricks, brave, intelligent
How to keep them At least in pairs (one of each gender)
Hand-tame bird
Talking bird
Bird Noise

White-Crowned Parrot Photo: Ondrej Prosicky/Shutterstock

Parrot Characteristics

White-crowned parrots are even-tempered, docile, friendly, kind-hearted but also funny and lively birds. They’ll happily sit on your shoulder or arm, playing and dancing. They’ll often hide and wait for the right moment to play a funny prank on their humans. Such as stealing your pen or piece of paper. They’re incorrigible! White-crowned parrots like to learn tricks, and they learn fast as they’re very intelligent. They also like being petted.

White-crowned parrots might look like big parrots in photos, but they’re actually much smaller. Their special features are the white crown on their heads, their white necks and the bright blue and green plumage under their brown wings.


Quiet and long naps (even during the day) are very important to white-crowned parrots. Some animals even sleep for around twelve hours a day. These birds are therefore ideal for anyone worried about pet birds being too loud. Still, you should consider: White-crowned parrots live for a good 20 years, and some even make it to 30 or 40 years old. That’s why you should really consider whether you can and want to care for an animal for such a long time. Life constantly changes, you get new hobbies, you might study abroad or get a job that takes up all your time.


Do They Talk?

Not really. There are some white-crowned parrots that learn to say a few words in a scratchy voice every now and then, but they’re the exception.

Do They Make Noise?

It depends. White-crowned parrots are actually quiet birds that make soft and quiet peeps, whispers, tweets and murmurs. They’re often so quiet that you might suddenly worry if they’ve escaped through an open window. In fact, whether these birds are loud or not depends on you. The louder your home (music/TV, children playing, barking dogs), the louder the birds become. They are therefore well suited to quiet homes with few people around. If white-crowned parrots are worked up or get a fright, they make a wheezing sound. Don’t worry, it’s not a sign of illness.

How to Keep Them

Cage size: at least 48 x 40 x 27.5 inches (160 x 100 x 70 cm) (W x H x D) for two animals

White-crowned parrots need a large cage and several hours outside the cage each day. As they’re very curious and love to explore their surroundings, you should make sure that the room they fly in is well secured. A dedicated bird room would be the perfect scenario.


Fun Facts

White-crowned parrots come from Central America. Their habitat stretches from South-East Mexico to western Panama. They prefer tropical rainforests and live in small groups of 30 to 50 animals.

White-Crowned Parrot Photo: Ondrej Prosicky/Shutterstock


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