Blog Archive: Parrots and Parakeets

Birdorable Blossom-headed Parakeet

2013 Bonanza Bird #9: Blossom-headed Parakeet

Our 2013 Birdorable Bonanza rolls on with the addition of a new parakeet species! Today's Bonanza bird is the Blossom-headed Parakeet.


The Blossom-headed Parakeet is a beautiful species of parrot found in India and parts of Southeast Asia. These gregarious birds prefer a forested habitat. Groups roost communally and feed together; they nest in tree cavities.

La Perruche à collier noir by François Levaillant (public domain)

Blossom-headed Parakeets are closely related to the similar-looking Plum-headed Parakeet. Male Blossom-headed Parakeets have a pinkish head; females heads are a dull blue-grey color. Blossoms are part of the diet of these birds - they are what they eat!

blossom headed parakeet

Tomorrow we'll add an African bird of prey. What do you think of this silhouette? bonanza-2013-preview-10

Birdorable Alexandrine Parakeet

Happy Valentine's Day

February 14th, 2013 in Parrots and Parakeets 5 comments

The parrots, parakeets, macaws, conures and cockatiels in this image flock together to make up a heart to wish you Happy Valentine's Day!

Birdorable Parrot Heart

The birds featured in this design are: African Grey Parrot; Alexandrine Parakeet; Barred Parakeet; Black-cheeked Lovebird; Black-collared Lovebird; Blossom-headed Parakeet; Blue-and-yellow Macaw; Blue-crowned Conure; Cockatiel; Derbyan Parakeet; Eastern Rosella; Eclectus Parrot; Fisher's Lovebird; Golden Conure; Golden-capped Parakeet; Golden-winged Parakeet; Gray-headed Lovebird; Green-cheeked Parakeet; Lilian's Lovebird; Maroon-bellied Conure; Monk Parakeet; Orange-fronted Parakeet; Pacific Parrotlet; Rosy-faced Lovebird; Plum-headed Parakeet; Red-headed Lovebird; Red-masked Parakeet; Red-tailed Black Cockatoo; Rose-ringed Parakeet; Scarlet Macaw; Senegal Parrot; Saint Lucia Amazon; Umbrella Cockatoo; White-fronted Amazon; and Yellow-headed Amazon.

Birdorable Eastern Rosella

Bonanza Bird #17: Eastern Rosella

Today a beautiful parrot from Australia joins Birdorable: the Eastern Rosella!

Eastern Rosella

Eastern Rosellas are colorful parrots that live in southeastern parts of Australia, including Tasmania. Their beautiful plumage is a mix of red, yellow, blue, green, orange, black, and white. In their native range, they sometimes visit back yard feeding stations.

eastern rosella
eastern rosella by jeaniephelan

These colorful birds are cavity nesters. They nest in tree hollows, but will also use nest boxes, as you can see in this cute video. An adult tends to a juvenile in the box.

Eastern Rosella Family by JayEL58 on
Eastern Rosella

Tomorrow's species is a bird of prey known for its wide gape. Can you guess what it will be?

Birdorable Bonanza Preview
Birdorable Carolina Parakeet

Bonanza Bird #19: Carolina Parakeet

Birdorable Carolina Parakeet

Today’s bird is the 19th and final species in this year's Birdorable Bonanza! It is also our 350th Birdorable bird - introducing the Birdorable Carolina Parakeet!

The Carolina Parakeet was a colorful species of parrot native to the southeastern United States that is now unfortunately extinct. The last captive bird died in 1918, with the last wild birds dying out around that time or earlier. The Carolina Parakeet was a beautiful bird, with a green-blue body and warmer reds, oranges and yellows around the face. They used their powerful beaks to feed on seeds and fruit pits.

Photo by Tim Krepp (CC BY 2.0)
Birdorable Chattering Lory

Bonanza Bird #12: The Chattering Lorikeet

Birdorable Chattering Lory

For 18 days we're adding a new Birdorable bird every day as part of our Birdorable Bonanza 2010. Today's bird is the Chattering Lory. The Chattering Lory is a beautiful species of parrot native to parts of Indonesia. They have gorgeous bright red heads and bodies, with green wings and orange beaks.

Chattering Lory (Lorikeet): Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Chattering Lory by dbillian

Tomorrow's bird is a beautiful North American duck. Can you guess what it is?

Birdorable Palm Cockatoo

Bonanza Bird #9: The Palm Cockatoo

Birdorable Palm Cockatoo

For 18 days we're adding a new Birdorable bird every day as part of our Birdorable Bonanza 2010. Today's bird is the Palm Cockatoo! Palm Cockatoos are very distinctive-looking parrots. They are slate-grey in color, with a featherless, bright red cheek. Their bills are extremely large, and they sport a long, scraggly grey head crest. Because of their rare beauty, Palm Cockatoos are very popular in aviculture. Despite their relatively small native range in Australia, the wild population is stable and not considered threatened.

Palm Cockatoo
Palm Cockatoo by P. Stubbs

Tomorrow's bird is a very common bird across North America. You can find them almost anywhere. Can you guess what it is?