50 Unique Names for Parrots
Are you wondering what is the best name for your newly adopted parrot? Thinking of names for birds which both suit the individual and are unique is not always easy. This is why we at AnimalWised might just have the solution for you. In this article in our collection of names for pets, we've collected the best 50 unique names for parrots to save you lots of time in research.
A pet's name must fit its personality and appearance. While parakeets, cockatoos and lovebirds look delicate with their small eyes and beaks, macaws and African grey parrots look more noble and fierce. All the names we propose, might fit any of them, but they'll at least get you thinking. Read on and don't forget to add your favorites in the comments!
Choosing parrot names
Although we may only think about dogs when training animals, parrots are much smarter than many give them credit for. In the wild, baby parrots learn their names in the nest. Although parrots can mimic sounds humans make, this does not mean they give themselves parrot names in English. Instead, they distinguish between the different bird calls their parents make and start using this sound themselves.
When a bird is in a domestic setting, they will be able to learn the name you choose for them. The ability to learn will depend on the species. For example, the African grey parrot are particularly well-known for their intelligence. The blue parrot or blue macaw are also very clever.
You can use their intelligence to give them parrot names. For example, you could call them Einstein or be funny and give them a name which sounds really silly, like fluffy. Some of the best parrot names are funny and ironic ones. Famous parrots can also provide inspiration. For example, the Disney character Iago from Aladdin is a common pet parrot name.
Parrots are also related to pirate culture, old and new. Perhaps the most famous pirate parrot name is Polly, but you can get inventive. If you are a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates, then you could call you parrot Pierogi after the famous Pierogi Race they have at their stadium. Look at our article on names of famous parrots for more.
Whatever parrot name your choose for your bird, it is important to remember that the name is going to be a major part of your interaction. Parrots can develop very serious attachments and strong bonds with their owners. They also respond very well to training. Choose a name which is memorable and is no longer and 2 or 3 syllables, so the parrot can remember it easily. Also, don't use a name which can be easily confused with other names regularly used in the home.
Names for male parrots
Do you have a beautiful, dignified male parrot? Choosing boy names for your pet doesn't mean you have to be all macho about it. You can be as creative and adventurous as you want in choosing your parrot's name. Among these 50 names you'll surely find the one that fits your pet. If not, you can use it as a jumping off point and let it help you find your way to the right one.
We have choices to match all tastes, from action movie buffs to sci-fi characters and mythological figures. Check them out for inspiration:
- Ned Kelly
- Van Helsing
Names for female parrots
Female parrots also need names to fit their personality, so don't rely on stereotypes. Male birds are often more colorful than females, so ensure you simply choose one which works. Appearance isn't everything and the unique personality of your female parrot needs to be considered. Are they noble, flighty, haughty, cuddly or cheerful? Remember, it's often quite fun to give your bird a name which is the opposite of how they are. A common example is to calla big parrot ‘Tiny’.
In our list of 50 favorite unique parrot names, we continue with some ideas for female parrots you may want to consider:
Names for baby parrots
As an extra bonus, we have some more cool additions to our list of 50 unique names for parrots. While baby parrots will usually be either male or female, you will bond with them differently than when you have an adult parrot. Baby parrots give you the chance to bond with them from the very beginning, so choosing the right name is particularly important. Some of our favorite baby parrot name choices are:
- Cornelia / Cornelius
- Itsy Bitsy
Names to suit your parrot
When you choosing a new name for your parrot, there are different considerations you should make. While a unique parrot name might be interesting and give you something to talk about when you have guests over, you and your parrot are the ones who have to live with it. For this reason, you should choose one which is suitable over one which is ‘unique’. Here are some hints and tips to help you choose:
- Length: parrots deserve unique names thanks to their rarefied place in the animal kingdom. While other birds have the ability, parrots are particularly well known for mimicking human speech. If you want them to repeat their own name, you probably shouldn't make it too long. This could get boring for both you and your bird pal.
- Species: there are different types of parrot, so you should take this into consideration when choosing a name for your pet bird. African grey parrots have lots of presence despite their lack of color, so something regal might work. Lovebirds are beautiful, but maybe you're cynical and want to give them an ironic name. Macaws are big, cockatiels are smaller, cockatoos have a yellow top (like a crown) and parakeets are very diverse. Have a think!
- Lifestyle: if there is something in your life you are passionate about (other than parrots), you can use your favorite hobbies, musicians, actors, sports teams or whatever as a source of inspiration.
- Events: if you are taking some time to choose your name, then you can see what formative moments might be used for inspiration. Just as an example, if the first time you put them in their cage, you can call them Buster (like Buster Keaton). Think back and see if this helps.
- Place: either the place you got them or if there is something about the parrot which inspires you, geography can be helpful. Check out this article on Italian names for cats to see what we mean.
Looking for more parrot names?
We'd be thankful if you gave us more ideas of unique names for parrots. Please tell us your favorites in the comments section and we'll add them to the list immediately.
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1. Bird Academy. (2011). How a Parrot Learns Its Name in the Wild. Retrieved on December 12, 2019, from