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35+ Brazilian Parrot Names: Portuguese Names and More

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Dr. Mark is a veterinarian. He works mostly with dogs and exotic animals.

My parrot is usually eating. Today she felt like talking, too.

My parrot is usually eating. Today she felt like talking, too.

This Was the Parrot's Idea!

The other day, I was having lunch in my studio when all of a sudden my parrot flew over to the table and bit the back of my hand. I thought she just wanted a piece of cheese from my sandwich—she has really odd eating habits—but after the blood started flowing, she walked over and took a dump on the papers for an article I was writing about tough dog names.

“WTF was that?” I asked her.

“Dogs, dogs, dogs! Don’t you know that I am sick of dogs.” She took a look at the Pitbull to make sure she was sleeping. (She was, of course. I think it is in the job description.) “Why don’t you write more about parrots for a change?”

I grabbed the dripping papers and tried to swat her, but she squawked and bounced out of range.

“I would, you know, but no one wants to read about parrots. Last year, I put up some great photos of you exercising, and the article is dead in the water.”

“Try a list of parrot names,” she suggested.

“I don’t know any.”

That was a mistake. For the next hour, my parrot proceeded to ramble on, telling me every parrot name she could think of. Since we're Brazilian, most of them are in Portuguese. (If you need a name for your favorite cockatiel, you need to try a little further south.) Here's just some of what she came up with:

Name Your Parrot for Her Color

NamePronunciationMeaning

Branco

 

White

Oro

 

Gold

Roja

 

Spanish for red

Verde

ver-dje

Green

Arco-iris

 

Rainbow

When my parrot starts discussing new names, I am used to being looked down upon.

When my parrot starts discussing new names, I am used to being looked down upon.

Name Your Parrot for Things Around the House

NamePronunciationMeaning

Bolinho

bow-leen-yo

Little ball

Caginho

cah-geen-yo

Little crapper

Chupinho

chu-peen-yo

Little thumb-sucker

Docinho

do-seen-yo

Little sweetie

Garfinho

gar-feen-yo

Little fork

Girrasol

gee-ra-sol

Sunflower

Java

 

Not Portuguese, and not coffee

Latinho

lah-cheen-yo

Little trash can

Manchinha

man-sheen-ya

Little stain (or spot)

Mexinha

meh-sheen-ya

Little mess-maker

Ovinho

ov-een-yo

Little egg

Pimenta

pee-men-ta

Hot pepper

Verminho

ver-meen-yo

Little worm

Xerox

shee-rocks

Photocopy

A lot of these are good nicknames, too, no matter what language you use to yell at your parrot!

My parrot has learned to talk with her mouth full.

My parrot has learned to talk with her mouth full.

Name Your Parrot After Your Favorite Movie or Character

Batman

An adventuresome parrot name.

Barbie

The "Under the Dome" star, or that other Barbie for a girl parrot.

Christine

The evil car (good for an evil parrot).

Cujo

A great name for a parrot who likes to bite and draw blood.

Dirty Harry

From the old Clint Eastwood movie.

Fargo

The city too cold for a parrot.

Hannibal

The cannibal, since most parrots like a piece of chicken every now and then.

Rocky

From the boxing movies.

Rambo

From…well, you know, the bird likes action movies.

Rio

The animated movie and the city.

Skywalker

Even young parrots can be Jedi escape artists.

Terminator

Arnold's character, or my parrot if I forget to take him outside in the afternoon.

Thor

My parrot was excited when he mentioned this name—I really think he wants to change his to this.

Ventura

Ace, the parrot detective; my parrot likes to watch this movie over and over.

Vito

The Godfather; my parrot is good at puffing up his cheeks, too.

Woody

The "Toy Story" guy, or that really obnoxious woodpecker.

After coming up with all of these names, my parrot scratched her head. I thought she was out of names and started to go back to my lunch. Before I could start, she came up with a few more:

Name Your Parrot After Brazilian Culture

NamePronunciationMeaning

Vixi

vee-shee

Oh my God!

Nossa

 

"Our lady", but it really means G.D.it.

Caramba

 

Wow!

Kaka

 

The famous football player and you-know-what.

My parrot was finally exhausted. She took a bite of my sandwich, dropped a little green “present” on top of my dog, and flew back to the perch in her corner.

Questions & Answers

Question: I like my birds to have a first and middle name. My cockatoo came up with her name, "Panda." Do you have any ideas for a middle name for a loud and clingy "Panda"?

Answer: Panda sounds great. When you mentioned clingy, I immediately thought of a sticker. My Pionus is like that, hanging on to me for breakfast and lunch, following me around during the day when I am working my horses out in the pastures.

The Brazilian name for a sticker is "Carrapacho." If you do not like this how about just calling Panda "Sticker"? The other thing that sticks to all of us around here, especially my dogs, is ticks. They are called "Carrapato," but I am not sure Panda would want to be stuck with that name!

© 2014 Dr Mark

If you have any special names from around your house, just leave a question here and I will discuss it with my parrot. She usually answers right away.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on August 23, 2020:

Trinity, any of these names here are really cool. I have a Docinho (Sweetie), Maracana (little macaw), Jundai, e Testa vermelho (Red Forehead).

Trinity bennett on August 20, 2020:

I’m getting my parakeet soon. Can you help me pre name her?

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on August 09, 2019:

Olive, Docemar is a name that means sweet ocean. I think it is a great name. The Brazilian names for sunrise (nascer do sol) or sunset (por do sol) do not make very good names.

Olive on August 08, 2019:

I want a name that is very unique and that means ocean or sunset or sunrise

Kay on July 24, 2019:

I need names for my two baby sun conures

Kelley Marks from Sacramento, California on March 18, 2015:

I like Batman as a nickname for a parrot. Thanks for the cute article. Hey, now I want a parrot. Later!

MarieLB from YAMBA NSW on February 05, 2015:

I think you favor Lauro 'cause she's cheeky and Docinho is a sweet little thing who is polite and respectful.

Lauro sounds like Joseph who used to travel with me in my little motorhome. I set up his cage high up on the passenger seat so he could see out and wherever we stopped, I'd bring the cage out on a chair and open the door for him to climb out on the top. He always seemed to have a circle of admirers around him. My fav memory of him is him sitting on the perch as I drove, one rice cracker held in his left foot, and him leaning on the side of the cage for balance while he munched away.. . . He was a real card!

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on February 05, 2015:

Even here in Brasil, many bird fanciers keep budgies and cockateils, so you must have a lot of great birds to choose from! Oh, by the way, my other parrot, Docinho, suggested a name too but I forgot to add it. He is kind of "slow" since it is the only thing he says each afternoon.

I keep a large flock of guinea fowl, and they go to the neighbors´ yards each afternoon to look for ticks. Each evening I have to call them home by saying "ko-ka, ko-kaw" (this is what the birds are called here in Bahia) and that is the one thing Docinho can say.

I guess I have to let Lauro keep coming up with the names!!!

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on February 05, 2015:

Even here in Brasil, many bird fanciers keep budgies and cockateils, so you must have a lot of great birds to choose from! Oh, by the way, my other parrot, Docinho, suggested a name too but I forgot to add it. He is kind of "slow" since it is the only thing he says each afternoon.

I keep a large flock of guinea fowl, and they go to the neighbors´ yards each afternoon to look for ticks. Each evening I have to call them home by saying "ko-ka, ko-kaw" (this is what the birds are called here in Bahia) and that is the one thing Docinho can say.

I guess I have to let Lauro keep coming up with the names!!!

MarieLB from YAMBA NSW on February 04, 2015:

I don't believe that Lauro came up with all those names. She would not have suggested Caginho and Latinho! I bet you did!

I've never had a parrot -seeing as I do not live on the beach - but I did have Joseph an Eastern Rosella (smallish parrot type bird) who was by all counts as cheeky as Lauro. He also tended to draw blood when he was cross!

This was fun to read, thanks!

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on July 20, 2014:

What fun! I had a conure when I was an undergraduate in the US. He was so loud that I could hear him from the parking lot when I came back from classes, and I lived on the seventh floor. There were so many complaints about him that I eventually gave him to one of my classmates moving to Florida with her parents.

Sound anything like CeCe?

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on July 20, 2014:

This is so funny! The behaviour of your parrot reminds me of my dusky conure, who is walking over my knees as I write this. I love CeCe, but s/he is a feisty bird. Some of your names would be very appropriate!

Bob Bamberg on July 17, 2014:

Yeah, everything's fine here...working 6 days a week and loving it, although I do greatly miss writing and surfing here and the other site. Haven't had any cute or funny emails to forward lately...mostly political sarcasm and off color stuff.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on July 17, 2014:

Now that you mention it, Bob, a nice parrot stew sounds good some days!

My last parrot hub is dead in the water. I think it has had about 150 views in 6 months. (It is more successful than my "Berber names for an Azawakh", but...) I probably would not have even bothered with this if it weren´t for my parrot being some obnoxious and demanding.

Oh, and we pronounce it Raw-ja too, which is why I just left it blank up there. I wouldn't want all of the Mexican hubbers to get mad at me.

Thanks for reading. I haven't seen any emails from you in ages, hope you are doing okay.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on July 17, 2014:

I am not real sure; a client gave her to me several years ago and she was already an adult. They live from 25-50 years, so I already talked to a friend about taking her when I am no longer around!!

(She has a bird called Lauro too, so mine will have to be known as Xerox.)

Bob Bamberg on July 17, 2014:

Great hub, but probably dead in the water...parrots, you know :) The names are interesting, but you must complete the "pronunciation" column, especially for us Bay Staters, who talk funny anyway.

For example, Roja is probably pronounced Ro-ha, but we Bostonians are more likely to pronounce it Raw-ja...the same way we pronounce Roger.

Lauro is lucky she has you. After ripping a hand open, pooping on some work in progress, taking a bite of a sandwich and anointing the pit bull, most would have turned her into fricassee by now.

That being said, I'm sure that, like all of your animals, she's given the best of care and an abundance of love. Fun read. Voted up, useful, funny and interesting.

Barbara Fitzgerald from Georgia on July 17, 2014:

How old is Lauro and how long do parrots usually live? She is beautiful!

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on July 16, 2014:

Hi Solaras! She has a Brazilian slang name, Lauro, that sort of means "Hey there you parrot" but she is so familiar with those nicknames because I call her all of them. (A few others, too, but since I did not want to get banned I ignored her when she asked me to put them on the list.)

Barbara Fitzgerald from Georgia on July 16, 2014:

Naughty parrot - now what is her name?