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Meyers Parrots - General

By Rick Axelson, DVM

Care & Wellness, Pet Services

General Information

These attractive, stocky little birds are native to the plateau woodlands of sub-Saharan central and eastern Africa. They are small to medium sized birds. Meyers are quite gentle, quiet, funny, playful highly intelligent and social little birds. They are not great talkers but can learn some vocabulary. Most hand raised or well-socialized Meyers make wonderful family pets for anyone wanting a small parrot.

meyers_parrots-1Purchasing a Meyers Parrot

"When selecting a Meyers, try to choose a young bird, as it may be easier to tame and train."

Meyers parrots may be purchased from a pet store or a reputable breeder. When selecting a Meyers, try to choose a young bird, as it may be easier to tame and train. Older, wild, colony or parent-raised birds may prove challenging to tame. Hand raised babies often make better pets since they have been completely socialized with humans. Young birds are easier to tame and adapt more readily to new environments and situations. Your new bird should be exposed early to different events (young and old people, males and females, other pets, car trips, visits to the veterinarian, etc.) to help promote a calm, well-adjusted pet. The lively, alert bird that is not easily frightened is more likely to be a healthy bird. After purchasing your new bird, have it examined by a veterinarian familiar with birds.

Veterinary Care

Meyers parrots require regular, routine veterinary health check-ups. Your veterinarian can perform a physical examination, grooming (beak, nail or feather trim as necessary) and laboratory tests as needed. During these semi-annual check-ups, health, nutritional and maintenance issues can be identified and addressed. Veterinary check-ups help prevent disease and will aid in the maintenance of a long lasting, healthy relationship between you and your bird.



Meyers parrots have a dull ash brown head, back and tail, green or blue-green abdomen and rump, plus yellow on the point the "wrist", under wing covert feathers and thighs. There is a variable yellow band on the forehead. The beak is brown and the iris is orange-red in color


Generally greenish brown with NO yellow on the forehead or thighs and less yellow on the point of the "wrist". The rump is brighter blue and the under parts are green with no bluish tinge. The iris is dark brown.


No external sex differences.


Average 3.8 - 4.2 ounces (110 - 120 grams)


Average 8 - 9 inches (21 - 23cm) in length

Life span

20 - 30 years


Consult your veterinarian. Also see handout Meyers Parrots - Feeding


Sexual maturity at 3-4 years depending on species

Brood Size

3 - 4 eggs hatch in 25 days, young leave the nest in 8 - 9 weeks


Minimum 2 ft x 2 ft x 3 ft long (60 cm x 60 cm x 90 cm) depending on species

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