Brown-Headed Parrot


Brown-headed parrots are generally docile birds that are affectionate, yet do not crave attention as some other parrot species do. They are outgoing and tend to become more independent as they reach maturity at 2 to 3 years of age. The brown-headed parrot has a playful nature that is entertaining.

Behavior / Health Concerns

Brown-headed parrots are heavier than other parrots; therefore, care needs to be taken if the pet bird owner decides to trim the bird’s wing feathers. If the wing feathers are trimmed too much, the brown-headed parrot can fall to the ground, potentially injuring or breaking its chest bone. Trimming only enough to allow the bird to glide to the floor is a good option. These active birds require as large a cage as possible as well, as toys and stimulation in and out of the cage.

Expert Advice

“Brown headed parrots are much like Senegal [parrots] personality wise: entertaining, interactive and affectionate.”

Kitty Remington, DVM, Dipl. ABVP-Avian Practice, Killearn Animal Hospital and Northampton Animal Health Clinic, Tallahassee, Fla.

Breed Details

Native Region:
Southeastern Africa
8.5 to 9 inches
Life Expectancy:
up to 30 years
Noise Level:
Talk / Trick Ability:
Moderate talking ability; good at mimicking sounds and whistles; good trick ability