Parrot Names

The other day as I perused bird videos on YouTube, I saw a cockatiel named Neelix. That's the name of my Blue-front Amazon, and I have to say it surprised me to see another bird with that name. My Neelix is 11-years-old, and for those who don't recognize it, it's the name of a gregarious alien on Star Trek Voyager. It led me to wonder about parrot names and which are the most common and how people decide what to name their pet birds.

How to Choose Your Parrot's Name

I don't know about you, but when I choose a name for my birds I want them to be unique. My first pair of cockatiels had names when I got them: Buddy and Billie. Billie was the girl, and I didn't really like the name so I went through the alphabet to find a sound-alike and decided on Millie—though in the end both names stuck and she became Millie Billie Bird.

Finding the right name for your bird is often a process. You can start out with a name, but it transforms into a moniker as you get to know the bird's personality. I named one of my birds Radar because of the way he sent out a cry to locate me. Another of my birds became Scrubber because he mimicked the sound of scrubbing vegetables, but he grew to be loved as Scrubber-bubber.

Popular Parrot Names Based on Color

Popular names are often based on colors. This includes names like:

  • Aqua
  • Blue
  • Cinnamon
  • Cocoa
  • Kelly (for Kelly green)
  • Kiwi
  • Mango
  • Patches
  • Sunshine

Neelix is named after a Star Trek alien.
Neelix is named after a Star Trek alien.

Names Based on Interests

Other name options are based on personal interests, such as my bird Neelix's name and my interest in Star Trek. Names in this category are endless, but here are a few popular choices:

  • Data
  • Disney
  • Elvis
  • Gondalf
  • Lady Di
  • Mozart
  • Piglet
  • T-Bird

Names Based on Personality and Actions

Favorite parrot names are often based on the bird's personality or actions. For instance, my daughter owned an Amazon named Scooter because of the way he stuck his foot down through the grate and moved like he was riding a scooter.

  • Cha Cha
  • Giggles
  • Houdini
  • Scooter

Names for Parrot Pairs

If you have a pair of birds, it's fun to give them pair names. Some of the more popular choices include:

  • Adam and Eve
  • Bonnie and Clyde
  • Fred and Ginger
  • Romeo and Juliette
  • Tarzan and Jane

Names and Meanings

If you want to give your bird a name with meaning, you can go to sites like Feathers N Hand where you can see the name and the meaning. For instance Sherman means woodcutter and could be the perfect name for a bird who loves to chew up those wood toys you provide.


Whether you want to choose a popular name or avoid using one, there are resources that list the top names based on current research. Here are a few of sources to help you in your quest for the right name:

Take Your Time

The possibilities for parrot names are endless. Don't feel like you have to name your bird the first day you bring them home. Give yourself a little time to find the name that fits. After all, parrots are long-lived, and their name will be around for a long time!

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DzyMsLizzy 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

Hi--what a fun article! I've never had a bird, but have known folks who did.

Glad to meet another Star Trek fan--I instantly recognized the name Neelix! ;-)

I've used the coloration and personality trait schemes to name my cats, works for any pet.

Voted up, interesting and useful. Good job!

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Donna Sundblad 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi Dzy,

I've owned all kinds of pets, dogs, cats, hamsters, guinea pigs and more but have been a bird owner for more than 20 years. Nice to meet another Start Trek fan and animal lover. :) Thanks for the vote up! Much appreciated.

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Lorenzo27 5 years ago from Pistoia, Italy

Very interesting and... coloured! Voted up!

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Donna Sundblad 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Witty! Thanks for the read and the vote.

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nenytridiana 5 years ago from Probolinggo - Jawa Timur - Indonesia

I think I will give my future parrot Houdini, hope it will not disappear like Houdini. An interesting idea. Thank you.

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Donna Sundblad 5 years ago from Georgia Author

I think that is a fun name, too. Just so the bird doesn't do a disappearing act because it flies away!

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Chris Achilleos 3 years ago

Awesome hub Donna Sundblad, I've always wanted to get a parrot but didn't get the chance yet. I'll keep your tips in mind when getting one :) Voted up, awesome, interesting and useful!

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Donna Sundblad 3 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks for the vote Chris! Parrots make excellent pets but they do take work...but what pets don't?

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Chris Achilleos 3 years ago

I agree :) Is it true though, that parrots mostly enjoy having company and don't like being left alone?

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Donna Sundblad 3 years ago from Georgia Author

They really are a companion pet, and as such do long for companionship.

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