Parrot names, male, female, famous and not-so-famous

What should you call your parrot? From famous names, to not so famous names, to the usual to the unusual, we give you lots of ideas....

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Naming your parrot

Your parrot’s name should be as individual as your parrot’s personality.

When naming your new arrival, don’t hurry. Watch her over a few days, and see what kind of personality she has.

Is she quiet and shy? Is she noisy and a bit of a screamer? Or is she playful? As you get to know her, and she gets to know you, you’ll soon begin to see a few traits that will help a name to jump out at you.

You could also base her name on her colour, a famous parrot, a family name or a film celebrity.

Alexandrine parrot perching on a handThe Alexandrine parrot was named after Alexander the Great

Famous parrot names

Alex the African Grey is the most famous parrot of them all. He was the subject of a 30 year study to understand how intelligent parrots could be, and his name was short for Avian Language Experiment.

He was trained by his owner Dr Pepperberg, an animal psychologist to understand shapes, colour and basic vocabulary.

After a while research suggested he had an understanding of speech, to the point where he could be shown an item and correctly identify it and its colour the majority of the time.

He could identify colours on items he hadn’t seen before, suggesting that he recognised colour. And he could use the word ‘no’ in the right context, as well as ‘come here’ and ‘wanna go’.

He finally also began to put together phrases to identify new items – for example, if he could identify the colour green, and he could identify a wooden item – he would combine the phrases for a green wooden item when seeing a green wooden clothes peg.

So how about that for a whizz kid parrot name?

Polynesia is the famous African Grey parrot from the books about Dr. Doolittle. Polynesia teaches the Doctor how to speak to animals, and from this, his adventures begin.

Polynesia was portrayed as a Blue and Gold Macaw in the following 1967 movie, but didn’t quite make it into the 1990’s movies featuring Eddie Murphy.

Blu and Jewel are two famous Spix Macaws that feature in the 2011 animated movie Rio. They fall in love and have to escape from Nigel the Cockatoo.

A Macaw named Mac features in the Aussie adventure aptly named Mac. He helps to find buried treasure and save an elderly man from a nursing home.

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macaw parrotA Scarlet Macaw featured in Aladdin alongside the villain Jafa

Calling your parrot Alexandrine parrot, Alexander could give him an air of grandeur. After all the species were named after Alexander the Great. He introduced parrots to the Europe and Mediterranean in his travels from Punjab in 327BC.

Snowball the Cockatoo is one very famous parrot – famed for his amazing dancing tricks, he appears on Youtube. His shimmying, stomping and head banging to the sounds of pop music has attracted thousands of views.

Lago is the famous Scarlet Macaw who accompanied the villain Jafar in Aladdin.

You may remember Margalo, the yellow Canary from Stewart Little 2.

Einstein is another famous parrot on Youtube – with a vocabulary of 200 words and sounds. He has attracted over 171,000 views on one video and 9,203,000 in another. He even has his own channel with over 59,500 subscribers!

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Pirate parrot names

The most famous pirate parrot would be Captain Flint, who features in Treasure Island and sits upon the shoulder of Long John Silver. The parrot was named after Long John’s captain.

Boy or girl parrot?

Sometimes you’ll find that that the name you carefully chose for your bird, actually turns out to be for the wrong gender. You’ll find some birds have got some real boy sounding names, such as Artha the African Grey or Henry the Jardine parrot both of whom are female.

It’s not easy to tell the gender of your parrot when they’re very young– and unless your breeder can tell you it, a DNA test may be the most accurate way of finding out. You can get this done at the vet.

If you don’t fancy a DNA test you can wait till the bird gets a little older and look out for feather colour changes, or whether the bird lays eggs.

Determining the gender of birds like the African Grey through colour change though can be very difficult. Any colour changes can be very generic, so a DNA test may be your best bet.

Male parrot names





CharlieChocolate Christian
Dave EchoElwood

HomerJack Jambo


OrvilleOscar Pebbles
QuincyRagner Red



TysonVan HelsingVincent

Female parrot names



BelleBettyBetty Grable




Pearly PepperPixie

WandaWillow Zazza
Zizzi Zebs Zola

Unusual parrot names 

We hear some great, funny and unusual names at ExoticDirect. Here are a few:

Bam boo Billy Elliot Buttons Bear 
Captain CookCrackersEinstein 
GigsyHobnobJ Lo
Miss MoneypennyMozartMr Spock
Mrs G PikachuPoly-Styrene
Scooby Doo Shrek Smirnoff
SpartacusUncle Frank 

Other parrot names from our ExoticDirect family:

HenryJasperLittle Bill

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We hope we’ve been able to help you along your way to finding the perfect name for your feathered family member. That fits her as perfectly as she does your family.