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Identifying Commonly Kept Green Parrot Species

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Lots of bird have green feathers, but there are certain parrot species that are more commonly kept as pets than others. If you've recently spotted a green parrot that you liked but can't identify, then you've come to the right place -- the photos and information below will help you discover some of the most popular green parrots, teach you about their origins, history, and care, and will likely help you identify the species of the bird you're looking for.

Juvenile Parrots

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While they may grow up to display a rainbow of colors, the majority of the plumage on most young parrots is a dull, dark green color. Most birds keep this color until they are around a year old, most likely to camouflage themselves from predators while they are young, helpless babies. An example of this can be seen in the young Sun Conures pictured to the left. As adults, these birds will have feathers in a variety of colors ranging from yellow to red, orange, green, and blue. In their youth, however, they will remain mostly green.

Male Eclectus

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Without a doubt, one of the most striking green parrots is the eye-catching male Eclectus. The Eclectus is what's known as a sexually dimorphic species, meaning that one can tell the sex of the bird depending on the colors of its plumage. If you've spotted a large, bright green parrot with a prominent orange beak, chances are that you've seen a male Eclectus in all his glory. If you're interested in adopting one of these gorgeous guys, check with a reputable breeder for advice on acquiring one, as well as information on whether or not an Eclectus parrot would be a good fit for your lifestyle.

Budgies

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One of the most common and popular green birds kept as pets is the Budgie. While they aren't solid green, normally colored Budgies are a mixture of pale yellowish-green interspersed with the typical black spotting and striping patterns that are characteristic of the species. These small but comical little birds are a great choice for people of all ages who are interested in becoming a bird owner. They are easy to care for, readily available, and can be housed in a relatively small space. If you are interested in adopting a Budgie, check with local breeders and rescues to meet their available birds.

Indian Ringneck Parakeets

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While selective breeding programs have given rise to an array of colors within the species, normally colored Indian Ringneck Parakeets are mostly a bright pastel green color. Another dimorphic species, adult males exhibit a black and rose colored ring around their necks, while females lack the rings. Not the best choice for beginner bird owners, Ringnecks are known to go through a "bluffing" phase during adolescence, characterized by hormonal aggression and territoriality. However, if you are a more experienced bird owner, an Indian Ringneck Parakeet can be a wonderful choice as a pet.

Lovebirds

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Different varieties of Lovebirds display different colors -- but nearly all of them that aren't a type of color mutation are primarily green. Small, but with big personalities, Lovebirds have been popular pets for many years. Their name suggests that they are very affectionate, and indeed tame handfed Lovebirds can be -- but owners who don't have ample time to spend socializing with their birds might be best to skip adopting a Lovebird. If these birds aren't handled regularly they can begin to lose their tameness, and that can result in painful bites and unhappy birds and owners. Only adopt a Lovebird if you are able to spend plenty of time practicing bonding techniques with your feathered friend.
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