Yellow Parrots

Yellow is an appealing color to a lot of people. This naturally includes people interested in keeping pet birds. While the Domestic Canary remains one of the most common yellow pet birds, the various parrot species have broader appeal among enthusiasts.

In the list below, we have focused on overwhelmingly yellow parrots, i.e., most of the feathers on their bodies are yellow. Parrots like the Double Yellow-headed Amazon and the Blue-and-gold Macaw have been excluded due to high green and blue plumage, respectively. Other birds excluded include cockatoos like the Sulfur-crested Cockatoo, which have distinct yellow feathers on their crest, but the rest of their bodies remain covered in white feathers.

Yellow Parrots

List of Parrots With a Natural Yellow Coloration

These parrots have naturally yellow plumage covering most of their bodies.

List of Parrots that have a Yellow Coloration due to Mutation

These birds display a yellow color as a result of mutations. These mutations may sometimes result from selective breeding or random “quirks” caused naturally.

  • Budgerigar
  • Cockatiel (Lutino mutation)
  • Indian Ringneck Parakeet
  • Lovebird
  • Pacific Parrotlet (Several yellow mutations exist – American Yellow, American Yellow Marbled, American Yellow Fallow, American Yellow Marbled Fallow, etc.) 

How do Parrots get their Yellow Plumage

Unlike most birds, who get colors like red or yellow from their diet by consuming carotenoids, parrots naturally produce pigments called psittacofulvins that give them this color. 

As mentioned above, some genetic mutations lead to yellow plumage as well. For example, in Cockatiels, the Lutino mutation leads to xanthochromism – a condition in which an animal displays a bright yellow color.