Simon owned (and named) two parrots. He's happy to share his tips on choosing the best names for these long-lived pets.
The Importance of Your Parrot's Name
We were given two parrots. As they live for 40+ years, it’s very important to choose the right name for your parrot. It is very difficult to change the name once the bird has gotten used to it! While parrots may seem reserved, they're actually full of character; therefore, picking a name that suits their idiosyncrasies is important.
While picking a cat’s name may be easy, a parrot is a totally different kettle of fish. You are naming a companion that will be with you for a long time, and it’s essential that the bird responds to the name—and that you like it, too!
This article provides an A–Z list of parrot names as well as some tips on how to choose the best names for parrots.
My Personal Top 100 Names for Parrots
|A to N||O to Z|
Eddie / Eddy
Examples of How to Choose a Parrot’s Name
- Playful parrots: Some parrots are full of life and love to play with toys, boxes, toilet paper rolls, and sometimes your fingers. The playfulness can be reflected with names like Mojo or Quackers.
- Color names: Most parrots are colorful, and therefore the name can reflect their predominant color. Jade and Ginger are good names based on the color of the parrot.
- Character: The one thing you learn about parrots over time is that they have their own character. We have two parrots: One is pretty shy and demure, while the other is noisy and boisterous. Therefore, take some time to watch your birds and pick a name that captures the essence of their character. Good names include Frosty, Sparky, Isaac, and Casper.
- Sound: Parrots love to make noise and will mimic many different sounds, ranging from speech to the sound a truck makes when it is backing up (our parrot constantly makes a beep beep beep sound!). Good names based on sound may be Ozzy (if you have a screamer like Ozzy Osborne!), Echo, or Chirpie.
- Famous names: Of course, if you cannot work out what character your parrot has, you can use some of the names of famous parrots like Paulie, Snowball, Einstein, and Polly.
Start With a Long List of Names, Then Whittle It Down
Picking names for any parrot is difficult at the best of times. Sometimes it’s not obvious what character your bird has. Try reducing the list to about a dozen and then gradually remove names that don’t seem to fit over time.
With a little time to observe your parrot, you’ll soon come up with the perfect name.
Amazingly, some parrots will outlive their owners and will be part of the estate. You should keep in mind that the parrot will keep their name even if their new owners try to change it, so picking a great name is important.
My advice is to go for a short and snappy name that will get the attention of the bird quickly and will be easily repeated by them.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
Questions & Answers
Question: Can you name parrots after musicians?
Answer: I don't see why not. As parrots often love music, you can often pick a name based on the music they like.
Gavin on April 28, 2020:
I have a Hynithe macaw and scarlet macaw named tiki and cobalt
Melany on January 27, 2020:
I am looking to buy a blue and gold male macaw, any name suggestions?
Hashim Qutob on October 14, 2019:
I have a yellow sided green cheek conure and I love him. He’s only 1 month old
muhammad on August 14, 2019:
I love Senegal parrots because I have one
Stephanie on April 20, 2019:
I love african geys.
Donald Trump on April 06, 2019:
Ankush sharma on March 31, 2019:
not telling on August 14, 2018:
Another good girl name is Cody Belle, symbolizing beauty and peace
Lester Litton Jr. on August 12, 2018:
Our Blue and Gold is named Max. Full name is Max "The Package" Webster because he liked wrestling with me when he was very young. Our cockatoos are Rocky and Tela. We lost a Green wing macaw to unknown internal problem. His name was Ruby. Now looking for a new name for another green wing.
Kate on August 06, 2018:
I love conures so make sure u make some conure names
Angel on July 14, 2018:
swar on July 06, 2018:
what should i call my Conure
Shashank singh on May 27, 2018:
Which name is the best
Najam Khan on May 03, 2018:
I Have a parote His name is Zag
dug on March 28, 2018:
get better names but they are good
Bird lover on March 23, 2018:
I just love birds
Fedric on March 15, 2018:
Supper names are there
Arunabha Majumdar on February 14, 2018:
alok on December 25, 2017:
lucky names of detailes
pizalizza on November 07, 2017:
alexvandrie is the best name
Coco-nut on July 30, 2017:
My birds name is coco-nut
Sakina Nasir from Kuwait on September 07, 2016:
Nicely written ...good job ☺ I had a parrot named Puffy ...sadly he didn't stay with us for long.
Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on May 09, 2013:
I love this hub! Thanks to Susan for sharing it with me!
I love birds and have five of them currently. My Grey is my companion and I love that guy:). He shows us how smart animals are by constantly talking to us...they are the most awesome pets but do require tons of attention:)
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 26, 2013:
What a great list of names for parrots! It really is a lifetime commitment for someone to adopt a parrot as they have such long lives. Up and interesting votes.
Simon Cook (author) from NJ, USA on April 26, 2013:
Jellygator - thanks! I just added a link to your lens.
jellygator from USA on April 26, 2013:
Ours are a yellow-naped Amazon named "Pepper Ann" (close to one of your favorites) and a female Grand Eclectus named Scarlett. I'm linking to this page from an article I wrote on them at https://hubpages.com/animals/pet-parrots-2
Simon Cook (author) from NJ, USA on April 26, 2013:
Ours are named Alfie and Wayvo - they had those names before we got them! Alfie is nearly 40 years old and Wayvo is 15-20; they are amazing characters and intrigue me a lot. They are far more playful than I thought they would be especially when Wayvo walks off his cage onto the floor and is surrounded by 3 dogs!!!
Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on April 26, 2013:
Kelly aka RealHousewife has an African Gray parrot named Pedro. It's a beautiful parrot. I've find parrots so interesting. I really like your names for parrots and I'm sure people looking for parrot names will find your hub very useful.