What Are Baby Parrots Called?

If you’re wondering what baby parrots are called, you’ve come to the right place. In this blog post, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about these little creatures.


Baby parrots are some of the most delightful birds, full of bright colors, inquisitive personalities and beautiful songs. From Macaws to Cockatoos, parrots come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Understanding the stages of their life cycles is key to understanding what to call their cutest young.

Parrot chicks go through three stages before independence. The first stage is known as hatchling or nidifugous, referring to fledging from the nest; followed by nestling or nidicolous, referring to when the young live in the nest; and lastly fledgling or post-fledgling which refer to young who have learned necessary life skills and skills for flight but are still living with their parents. All three stages encompass what most people would call baby parrots, though they each come with slight distinctions.

Types of Baby Parrots

Baby parrots come in many different species and each species has a different name. Some popular baby parrots include cockatiels, macaws, budgies, conures, and lovebirds. Not only do these baby parrots come in a variety of colours and sizes, but they also have different personalities and needs. Let’s explore the different types of baby parrots and how to care for them.


Cockatiels are one of the most popular baby parrot species kept as companion birds. They belong to the same family as other small Australian parrots, such as budgies, quaker parrots, and rosellas. Cockatiels have a grey-brown head and back with yellow faces; their wings have black markings which may be highlighted with some yellow or white feathers. Baby cockatiels are born blind and unable to fly, but they can still chirp and communicate with their parents in the weeks after hatching.

Young cockatiels still require a period of hand-feeding and parental guidance before they can be adequately cared for on their own. Their hand-feeding period typically lasts around three to four weeks; depending on the bird’s size and maturity at the time, it could go longer. It’s important to note that when hand-feeding baby cockatiels, you must use caution: overfeeding them can cause illnesses such as Aspergillosis (fungal infection), while underfeeding them will lead to malnutrition or dehydration.

Once a baby cockatiel is weaned from its parents’ feeding schedule, it will start eating an appropriate diet for its age without help from a human caregiver. When choosing food for your baby cockatiel, you should look for a diet rich in nutrients, including protein-rich foods like seeds or pellets specifically made for parrots as well as fruit, vegetables, cooked beans or whole grains.


Lovebirds are small parrots native to Africa. They are named for their strong, monogamous bond and loving behavior toward one another. Baby lovebirds are called squabs or pulli. Squab is the term used primarily in the United States to refer to young birds, while pulli is the term often used in Europe.

Squabs and pulli range in color from green to blue or yellow, depending on the species. They weigh between 1.5 and 2 ounces when they hatch and their feathers usually start appearing at around 9 days old. When they reach 2 months of age, their wings start sprouting feathers and they learn how to fly within a few weeks after that.

Lovebird’s do best when raised with other lovebirds because of their more social nature compared to other parrots. If you’re looking for pet baby parrots that can live peaceful lives with other same-age birds, Lovebirds may be an ideal choice for you!


Macaws are a type of large parrot found in Central and South America. They come in a variety of beautiful colors, from bright red to cobalt blue. Macaws can live to be over 50 years old, so when getting one as a pet, it is important to consider the long-term commitment. Baby macaws are usually referred to as ‘babies’, but they are sometimes referred by their genera name polyomatus meaning ‘many feathered’. The most common pet macaw species are the Hahn’s Macaw, Green Winged Macaw and Hyacinth Macaw.

Macaws start life with white down feathers before developing their adult colors at around 6-8 weeks old. They reach maturity after twelve months; this is when you can start training them in tasks such as talking and tricks. It is important to be aware that as pets Macaws require very specific environmental set ups, with lots of interaction with their owners and adequate interaction with other humans or birds if they are not being kept alone – otherwise they may develop psychological problems including feather plucking.


Conures are a distinct family of Neotropical parrots and contain about 150 species, many of which make wonderful pet birds. Though conures often have long life spans, some require special needs in terms of housing or diet, so prospective bird owners should research their particular species before making the commitment.

Baby parrots obtained through pet stores or breeders will not include most endangered species or those protected by the United States Endangered Species Act, so be sure to ask questions before you buy. Many baby conures will be colored differently from their adult form and feather patterns may change. Therefore, it is best to observe your young bird’s behaviors as well as physical traits when determining its species. Popular conure varieties included in this group are:

-Sun Conure – striking orange and yellow birds with an orange beak and dark eyes
-Green-cheeked Conure – often confused with Pacific Parakeets due to its similar greenish markings
-Maroon Bellied Conure – easily identifiable because of the bright maroon feathers on the underside
-Black-capped Conure – predominantly green in color but with black feathers on its head
-Pineapple Conure – sporting a vibrant yellow coloring with brown accents


The Amazon family of parrots are some of the most beloved pet birds due to their sociable personalities and ease of care. There are many species and subspecies of Amazons but all share some common characteristics; they are larger bodied birds with a long tail, broad head and colorful feathers. They are known for their intelligence, energy and tendency to mimic speech. All species require love, attention and enriched surroundings in order to thrive in captivity.

Baby Amazons can be referred to by several names depending on their age and species. Baby Amazons that have recently hatched or just left the nest are referred to as ‘neonates’ or ‘eyasses’, while juveniles that have molted once are often called ‘fledglings’ or ‘pulluts’. Once their flight feathers have developed, juveniles will start branching off from surfaces before fully fledging; these birds can be referred to as pre-fledglings. It is important for breeders, breed enthusiasts and potential owners alike to know the correct terms when referring to their baby parrots so they can appropriately care for them.

Most species of babies Amazons should remain in the nest with their parents until approximately 8-10 weeks old when they can begin hand feeding with formula specialized for parrots — pelleted diets come highly recommended once fledglings begin eating solids regularly around 4 months old. As seen in captivity, all Amazon parrot babies will need physical stimulation (spraying with water) as well as environmental enrichment activities such as formative weaning items like cardboard boxes/tubes, swing ropes etc especially if kept inside at home.

African Greys

African Greys are some of the most popular companion parrots. They are commonly referred to as Grey Parrots or Grey-Cheeked Parrots, and their scientific name is Psittacus erithacus. African Greys are renowned for their intelligence and capacity for imitation. Baby African Greys usually hatch around the age of two weeks, although they may have actual fledging between four and six weeks after hatching.

African Greys come in many varieties, distinguished by common names such as Timneh, Congo, etc. In addition to being incredibly smart, African Greys have a distinct beauty with their striking grey shades and red tails that make them a beautiful addition to any home or aviary.

When it comes to naming baby African Greys, many owners choose fun names that start with a P— since the scientific name of this breed is Psittacus erithacus — hence why they can often be known as “P’s” when they are babies! Some common baby African Grey names include Penguin, Paloma, Popcorn and Petey!

Care for Baby Parrots

Baby parrots are incredibly cute, colorful, and intelligent birds that can make great pets. Caring for a baby parrot, however, requires a lot of dedication. Before getting a baby parrot, it is important to research the specific species and its specific needs. This article will provide an overview of what to consider before getting a baby parrot and the necessary steps to properly care for it.

Proper Diet

When considering the proper diet for baby parrots, it is important to ensure that the appropriate nutrients and vitamins are provided. Each species of parrot has different nutritional requirements that must be met. Parrots require a diverse and balanced diet. A quality commercial seed mix specifically designed for young birds can provide a good foundation of daily nutrition. Wet foods like fresh-cooked grain, legumes, and vegetables should also be offered on a regular basis, in addition to fresh fruits such as apples, pears, blueberries, grapes, papaya and mangos.

In addition to providing the right balance of food types, it is important to maintain proper food hygiene with baby parrots. Feeding dishes must be kept clean and new food should replace uneaten portions every day. As they grow older, baby parrots should receive calcium supplements mixed in each wet meal — calcium is essential for correct development during this critical stage in their life cycle. Vitamins are also beneficial; however care should be taken to avoid overdosing because too many vitamins can cause harmful effects for your bird—consult your avian veterinarian about appropriate vitamin programs as well as dosing schedules.


Socialization is key for raising a healthy and well-rounded parrot. A baby parrot’s exposure to different environments, scents and experiences throughout its life will shape the type of adult it will become.

Hand taming should begin early with an unrestricted baby bird, when possible. It’s best to start out slow and steady, offering treats from your hand. As your baby parrot grows more comfortable with the idea of being handled, you can introduce more interactive activities such as playing games like ‘peek-a-boo’ where you cover their head and then uncover it to create a sensation of surprise.

Be sure to give new experiences in small doses so your baby parrot can take time to adjust and understand what they are seeing or hearing. Introducing new items or changes in environment should occur at a slow pace so as not to overwhelm them. Bonding activities like cuddling or walking them on a harness outdoors might also help create strong relationships between you and your baby parrot.

In conclusion, socialization plays an important role in shaping both the behaviour and wellbeing of your pet bird throughout its life. With some patience, dedication, and love you can create lasting relationships with your feathered friends that are full of trust, fun-filled adventures and happiness!

Cage Requirements

Setting up a cage for baby parrots is an important step in providing proper care and ensuring that your young bird gets adequate exercise, nutrition and stimulation to grow into a healthy, happy adult. The best cages will be spacious, safe and easy to maintain.

It’s important to keep in mind that when determining the size of the cage, your bird may eventually grow—so make sure it is big enough even once they reach full size. It is recommended that cages for baby parrots should be large enough so they can stretch out their wings completely without them touching any surfaces or overlapping at any point. The cage should also have perches of various sizes including ones that are either horizontal or at an angle for different levels of exercise. Additionally, the cage might benefit from being placed closer to windows as natural sunlight can provide additional benefits such as Vitamin D which helps captive birds stay healthy by aiding Calcium absorption from their food.

The floor or base of the cage should be covered with a suitable bird bedding material such as paper-based substrate or absorbent towels (not carpet). This will ensure there are no loose materials which can harm your pet if ingested or used for nesting material without supervision. If possible, avoid non-absorbent surfaces like plastic to prevent bacteria build up in your nest box area—you may want to opt for more organic substrates like pelleted bedding instead. Lastly, make sure you change out the bedding material regularly as it can get dirty quickly due to health hazards and messes made by your parrot’s droppings!


Exercise is an important part of any parrot’s life, and even more so for baby parrots. To keep their feathers growing healthy and strong and their bodies limber, they need regular physical activity multiple times a day. A baby parrot’s cage should be large enough to allow room for flights across the width of it, with perches and other areas to encourage climbing as well. Taking your parrot outside to play or onto a harness or play stand during the day is also ideal; introducing new toys frequently will help keep them interested in using them. Adult companion birds may show increased interest in the activities, since birds can be very social animals looking for interaction from the people around them.


The term for a baby parrot is ‘fledgling.’ Fledglings refer to young parrots who have just learned to fly, but are not yet fully independent. They are still mostly dependent on their parents and other adult birds in the flock for food, support and protection. Each species of parrot has its own unique life cycle; for some, this means the fledglings may depart from their parents within a matter of weeks, while others may remain with them until they reach adulthood.

It can be difficult to tell whether or not a bird is a fledgling or an adult at first glance; they often look identical. However, fledglings tend to have softer feathers, weaker flights and less developed beaks than adults. If you find a baby bird that seems lost or helpless outdoors, it’s best to leave it alone — the parents are likely nearby doing their best to take care of it until it’s ready to leave the nest.

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