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Published: August 28, 2021      Written by Aerika Pedersen      Fact Checked:

Last modified: July 12th, 2022
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Cuddly, gentle, sociable, and very intelligent, the Meyer’s Parrot is a favorite among bird owners with good reason. Learn all about Meyer’s Parrot care here.

Meyer’s Parrot Size:

The Meyer’s Parrot typically grows to about 8 or 9 inches at full maturity, with a wingspan of about 6 inches.

Their lifespan in captivity can vary, but if well kept and cared for they can live 25 years or longer.

Meyer’s Parrot Care:

Meyer’s Parrot Care
Meyer’s Parrot Care

These birds differ from many other parrots in that the Meyer’s Parrot doesn’t demand a lot of affection, still, they do require plenty of hands-on time with their human owners to keep them acclimated to handling.

But the Meyer’s Parrot is perfectly happy and content to entertain itself with toys or anything chewable, like rawhide or ropes, and won’t become depressed or destructive just because you’re not paying any attention to them.

These are truly “easy-going” birds in every sense. They can be affectionate, but are also quiet, gentle, and have a calm and stable temperament.

Meyer’s Parrot Diet:

Being fairly stout birds, a balanced diet of seeds and nuts mix, fruits, and vegetables will keep their nutritional needs met.

While they will likely prefer the seeds and nuts mix, remember that these tend to be high in fat but low in nutritional value, so fresh fruits, and vegetables should make up about a quarter of their daily feed.

Iceberg Lettuce and Celery contain little nutrients and are high in water composition, so don’t rely on these, and as with all birds avoid Avocados completely as they’ve been reported to be toxic to birds.

Otherwise, any fresh fruits or vegetables, well cleaned and cut into small chunks, should be good to provide the daily nutritional requirements of your bird.

Foods to avoid:

  • Avacado
  • Chocolate
  • Caffeine
  • Salt
  • Fruit pits
  • Apple seeds
  • Onion
  • Garlic

You should always consult a veterinarian regarding specific foods to feed your particular bird, as well as what not to feed them.

Meyer’s Parrot Habitat:

Meyer’s Parrots don’t need to be kept in pairs to thrive like many other species, however, it’s never a bad idea to do so, especially if you have a busy life and won’t be giving them a ton of attention yourself.

The thing with these birds though is that they aren’t always super friendly to other birds, even of their own kind, unless they’ve been kept together since a very early age.

If you plan to get a pair of Meyer’s Parrots, we suggest purchasing them together and ensuring they’ve already been housed together in the same cage with the breeder or shop you’re buying from.

They will need a cage with plenty of space.

Meyer’s Parrot Behavior:

Calm, gentle, easy-going, laid back, intelligent, observant, social, fairly quiet, and can be highly affectionate if handled regularly.

They’ll also play alone and entertain themselves if provided with plenty of toys to choose from.

Meyer’s Parrot Care Wrap-up:

Given their stable temperament and low maintenance needs, Meyer’s Parrots make wonderful pets for just about any home or family situation.

Aerika Pedersen – Full-time writer, bird owner, and mother.

Aerika spent three years caring for birds at the Antwerp ZOO in Belgium before deciding to start her own family and write from home to share her experience and knowledge with other bird lovers.

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