So you've decided to get a pet and have settled on a bird as your perfect companion. Good choice — birds can be loving, low-maintenance, and their melodies and plumage will brighten any room.
You don't just want any bird, though; you want one with the kind of brightly colored feathers to make you think you're looking at a rainbow every single day. Of course, friendliness and trainability are important factors, but if you're looking for a bird to shine, consider one with handsome hues.
As affectionate as their name implies, lovebirds soar to the top of the list for many reasons. These adoring companions form life-long bonds with their partners, human and bird alike, and their focus on you makes them extremely trainable. Since it's color you're looking for, their peach-colored cheeks, red beak, green back, yellow breast, and blue-tipped tail provides a spectacle that will steal your heart.
The vibrant colors of the rainbow lorikeet justify its name. With multiple hues of orange and red across its breast, jungle-green back interrupted by splotches of yellow, and a blue and gold head and belly, you'll never tire of looking at this beauty. Its brush-like tongue sucks out sweet nectar and lends all the more to its exotic allure, and its charming personality will fit in perfectly with the family.
The Meyer's parrot presents a different kind of dazzle. Instead of the rainbow colors from a lorikeet or conure variety, this bird's beauty lies with its silver-gray back and head, offset by a pastel mint breast and intermittent yellow markings. It's not like some of its louder squawking relatives, but this parrot loves attention and interacting with people.
Sometimes greatness means doing one thing well, and that's exactly how the eclectus parrot gets its beauty. These native Australians are dimorphic, meaning that the females and males only come in one color combination (red and purple for the ladies, emerald green for the gents), but their radiance shines more than brightly enough to compensate.
They're also highly intelligent and calmer than most parrots, and they prefer a tranquil environment.
This Central American native sports longer, fuller feathers than parrots. They are covered in sky-blue plumage on their back that encompasses a red and yellow around their neck and head that can rival the fieriest sunset. They also boast particularly high intelligence and can be taught short phrases, including brief song lyrics.
The idea of a less exotic bird as a house pet may surprise some, but finches are more common than you might expect. They're independent and won't do much cuddling, but their striking contrast of deep black and sunny gold proves a classy showstopper. Their low-maintenance nature can be perfect for those always on the go; feed them some thistle, and they'll be more than content.
The perfect choice for pet owners looking for a long-term commitment, the pionus can live up to 40 years. This bird comes in multiple brilliant color combinations, with an emerald green chest and royal blue head splotched with yellow in some varieties, and bronze-colored wings contrasted by a hunter green chest dappled with pink in others. This bird will bond to multiple people, making it particularly well-suited for families with children.
It would be difficult to find a bird that has more color than this one. Purple and black on the tail, blue on the head, green on the back and wings, yellow on the stomach, and a ruby-red crest across the upper chest, these little ones have truly earned their nickname, "splendid parakeet." They're a bit more stubborn than their parakeet cousins, though, so you'll need a good deal of patience to train them.
Their color patterns may resemble a cross between lovebirds and parakeets, but parrotlets are unique in several ways. With a lifespan of up to 20 years, they won't go anywhere soon if properly nurtured. They're also more spunky than their relatives, enjoying toys and playtime, and vocally greetIng the morning.
These flamboyant flyers will draw attention in every respect. From pink breasts and silver-gray wings to deep blue and green bodies, they come in many different colors, and their snazzy mohawks bring all the more style to the party. They love being the center of the show, and thrive on attention from their owners. Be sure to play with them at least an hour a day, or they'll become depressed and pull out their feathers.
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