Top 8 Small Parrot Breeds For Pets (Personality & Basic Profile)

There is a wide range of parrots on the planet with different sizes and shapes. Some are smaller than the other breeds. That means that the smaller breeds are more preferred as pets, especially by those who live in apartments or houses that do not have a lot of space.

Finding the right parrot for your home can be quite a challenge especially because different parrots have different characters and temperaments.

However, it does not mean that it is impossible. We choose to believe that there is a pet out there for everyone.

That is why we have compiled this article to provide you with a list of the best small parrot breeds, breeds that you should consider keeping as pets. Let’s take a look.

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What are Small Parrot Breeds?

You are looking for a small parrot to introduce to your home and you need to know that there is a very wide range of breeds to choose from. Some are smaller than others but they all portray different personalities.

With that in mind, it would not make sense to choose based on their size alone. You need to know all about the pet you are about to introduce to your home before buying or adopting it.

Considering personality is an important thing. However, there is much more that you should consider. For instance, different birds are prone to different diseases and care levels.

You need to find one that will not only be easy to care for, but also survive well in your environment.

You have a wide variety of parrot breeds to think about and some of the small ones you might want include:

  • Budgies
  • Parrotlets
  • Lovebirds
  • Bourke’s Parakeet
  • Cockatiels
  • Green-Cheeked conure
  • Meyer’s Parrot
  • Senegal Parrot

Top 8 Small Parrot Breeds that stay small / you can keep as Pets

Let us start by reviewing the personalities and other intimate details of these birds.

Small Bird BreedSizeAppearanceCost 
Parrotlets5 InchesBlue on rump and eye$100 – $350
Lovebirds7 InchesGreen$50 – $75
Budgies8 InchesYellow, Black, Green$10 – $35
Bourke’s Parakeet8 InchesPinkish, Grey-brown$100 – $300
Meyer’s Parrot9 InchesTurquoise, Gray, Orange$400 – $800
Green-Cheeked Conure10 InchesRed, Green, Blue$200 – $500
Senegal Parrot10 InchesBlack, Orange, Red, Yellow$500 – $1500
Cockatiels13 InchesYellow, Gray, Orange$75 – $250
Size, appearance and price comparison chart of small parrot breeds
Budgies and Parrotlets small parrot breeds
Budgies and Parrotlets small parrot breeds

1.      Budgies

Budgies are social animals that love the company of their owners.

These might be the most popular breeds in the world. The first documentation of this breed was around 1805 but unfortunately, it is not clear where these birds came from.

An adult budgie will usually grow to around 7 or eight inches and will usually weigh around 40 grams.

You can identify a budgie easily because it has a long tail and a slender body. The feathers of a budgie normally have yellow, black, and green feathers. The mantle, however, has black markings.

These are social birds that love to mimic the words of a human and the sounds he makes. However, they will sometimes sing. Since they are social birds, they will want to be around you as much as possible.

Budgies need to keep rubbing their beaks. You need to provide something to help with that because otherwise, they will simply chew on any available tool, which might turn out to be something important to you.

If you want to buy a budgie, prepare to spend from $10 to $35.

2.      Parrotlets

A Parrotlet usually loves playing around and amusing the owner.

The breed is very common in different areas, which include South and Central America. However, they were most common in Ecuador and Peru.

The Pacific parrotlets are the most common species that are kept as pets. However, they have not been kept as pets for a long time.

This bird is quite small and will normally grow to around 5 inches max.

A male Parrotlet usually has a blue streak behind his eye. He also has some blue on the wing-coverts and the rump. The female, on the other hand, does not have the coloring and the blue streak might or might not be present.

You will find different birds from this breed. Some are quite noisy while some simply shy. The birds love spending time with you but they will also amuse themselves when possible, which is why they should be provided with toys to play around with.

Apart from the toys, there is more that you can do for the bird. For instance, check to see if the personality has changed in any way. Make sure that he gets adequate food but not too much.

You can get a Parrotlet for anything ranging from $100 to $350.

3.      Lovebirds

Lovebirds parrots
Lovebirds parrots

This breed is inquisitive and gentle.

Lovebirds are African birds that are native to savannas and forests of Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as Madagascar. These birds are thought to have been in the world more than 1.9 million years ago.

This compact bird is very small and usually grows to around 5 or 7 inches.

You will notice that lovebirds usually have a short and blunt tail, a stocky build, and will have a sharp, large beak. Mostly, they are green and will have different colors from bird to bird.

These birds are not only gentle but also inquisitive. It is also known that the birds will form a very strong bond with each other and with their owners. However, that does not mean that you have to pair them up. Even alone, this bird will be okay and will be happy.

If you live in an apartment, you might enjoy having this bird because it does not make much noise. Provide adequate socialization to avoid them being unhappy or bored.

Prepare to spend anything from $50 to $75 for this breed.

4.      Bourke’s Parakeet

Bourke’s Parakeet breed of small parrot
Bourke’s Parakeet breed of small parrot

The Bourke’s Parakeet is a very relaxed bird with a placid personality.

Even though this is a nomadic bird, it is native to Australia. The breed was first recognized to belong to the Neopsephotus genus around the 90s. The breed is named after Sir Richard Bourke, who was governor of what we refer to as South Wales.

The bird usually grows to around 7 to 8 inches in height. They are quite similar to the budgies in size and shape.

This parrot has a top grey-brown part, a pinkish bottom part, and a prominent area around the eyes that is white. It looks like it has some spectacles on.

These birds are always quite relaxed and their placid personalities are very appreciated by some people. They are quiet and are known to produce some sweet melodies that you will love listening to.

But even so, you should adopt this bird if you have a chilled-out home because of the high-pitched squeals they might produce if startled.

You should expect to pay anything from $100 to $300 to purchase a Bourke’s Parakeet.

5.      Cockatiel

A Cockatiel small parrot breed
A Cockatiel small parrot breed

The cockatiel is very talkative, something most people love.

This breed was first discovered at around 1770. It is known that the bird is an Australian native bird that mostly favors Australian wetlands. This bird became popular as a pet around the 1900s. Breeding the bird in captivity is not a problem.

 Cockatiel adults usually grow to around 13 inches of height.

A cockatiel normally has a yellow face coupled with a gray body and an orange cheek patch.

These birds are very affectionate and gentle. They love being held and petted but it does not mean that they will love being cuddled. In general, this bird is very friendly. However, be careful not to scold a cockatiel because it can lead to timid behavior around other people.

If possible, get two birds so they can provide adequate company for each other. However, they might not mimic you or bond with you. You can keep the bird alone but then you would have to provide adequate interaction time with the bird.

You should expect to spend anything from $75 to $250 if you want a cockatiel.

6.      Green-Cheeked Conure

A group of Green-Cheeked Conure small parrot breeds
A group of Green-Cheeked Conure small parrot breeds

This is an intelligent and very beautiful bird.

This bird is originally from South America and is mostly found in the woodland and forest areas of Paraguay, Argentina, Bolivia, as well as Brazil. Normally, this breed lives in flocks of around 20 birds.

The green-cheeked conure is among the smallest of all the conure birds with a height of around 10 inches.

You cannot differentiate the males and females by coloring since they are identical. They have a range of colors. They have bright red fails on the tails and chests. You will also notice the green on the top of their wings and their backs.

You will find that these are very playful and affectionate birds and they love spending time around their owners. However, just like all pet birds, this bird can be a bit uncooperative and nippy at times.

Nevertheless, this might be one of the most easygoing birds in the world. They are also fast learners, something you will appreciate.

Daily socialization and exercise is important. If possible, get a big cage for this bird. You have to be careful not to pair this bird with birds from other species.

The bird can go for anything between $250 and $500.

7.      Meyer’s Parrot

This parrot is famous for being quiet and calm.

These birds are African natives and are mostly found in grasslands and woodlands. The largest flocks of these parrots are in Botswana but are not limited to that area.

They got their name for respect for Bernhard Meyer who was a German ornithologist. Their first discovery was in 1827.

An adult Meyer’s parrot will grow to around 8 or 9 inches with a weight of around 4 oz.

This might not be the bird with the brightest colors. However, they have a turquoise to green body with a brown neck and head with a black tail and wings.

The birds are observant, laid back, and very social. They appreciate neck scratches and handling. However, a Meyer’s parrot will not demand attention for any reason.

Normally, they are gentle birds and they are not big biters. Additionally, they love playing around.

In regards to care, this bird is low-maintenance. You should, however, provide the bird with a chance to check out the world around him. The bird will be fine as long as there is a human or bird to bond with. You should provide fresh food and toys to shred.

If this bird is hand-bred, you can expect to pay from $400 to $800.

Senegal Parrot and Meyer’s Parrot breeds
Senegal Parrot and Meyer’s Parrot breeds

8.      Senegal Parrot

The Senegal parrot has a fun-loving and affectionate disposition.

This bird is native to Central Western Africa where it lives in the woodlands. These birds breed well in captivity. But you should know that the trade of Senegal parrots trapped in the wild is a crime.

An adult Senegal parrot will grow to around 10 inches with around 6 ounces.

One thing that will stand out is the dark head of the bird. Their chests and wings are green and their bellies have colors ranging from red to orange to yellow.

These are very extraordinary pets that are quite social. They have amiable personalities but they tend to favor one person in the family. If you have a large family, you should expect that kind of behavior. It is not always the case but it happens now and then.

You do not need a huge cage for this bird. However, if you have more than one bird, make sure it is substantial. Add some horizontal bars for perches.

You should also provide a range of accessories and toys. It is also important to provide daily interaction with the bird.

A Senegal parrot costs from $500 to $1500.

How do you choose the right Parrot for you?

As you know, there are different sizes, shapes, and characters in the parrots we have mentioned. However, how do you know which bird is right for you? There is a range of things you should think about.

First, what experience do you have? Some are more challenging to handle and it is best to leave those to experienced owners. You should also know that birds will have different lifespans and you should accommodate that time.

Smaller birds will not live longer than larger ones. If you are a beginner, go for a smaller one.

The vocals of birds range. That is why you need to decide if you need a loud or a quiet bird. That will also depend on the environment. If you live in an apartment, you do not want a bird that will keep making noise for your neighbors.

What to consider before getting your first pet parrot [source: Flying Fids]

Wrapping Up

All the birds we have mentioned above are small, even though some are larger than others.

They also have differences in their behaviors, which is why you need to decide what you want before you can decide to go get a certain bird breed. Have fun finding your new best friend!