African Grey Parrots

-Indigenous to West Africa.

-Most popular parrots.

-Quiet and not very active; ideal for apartments.

-Have reputation for being best talkers and like to perform for family members.

-Cage and water dish should be cleaned every day with soap and water.

-Cost about $1,200.

Amazon Parrots

-Native to Central and South America.

-The "clowns of the parrot world," they think life is a big party and they are at the center.

-Very good at talking and imitating sounds; talents rivaled only by the African Grey.

-More colorful than African Grey parrots, but they are also noisier.

-Hotheaded and sometimes will lose their temper and bite for no reason.

-Cost about $1,200.

Yellow Crested Cockatoo

-Native to Indonesia.

-Feathers are soft and supple.

-Love to be petted and cuddled. Great for a touchy-feely type of person.

-Cost about $2,000.


-Native to Central and South America.

-Not related to parrots at all; more similar to the woodpecker family.

-Friendly birds; not as emotional as parrots.

-Require a specialized diet of cut-up tropical fruits every day.

-Cost around $2,500.

Special Thanks

Special thanks to Marc Morrone.

Comments (5)

Martha Stewart Member
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Martha Stewart Member
January 8, 2019
Adorable and friendly are Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos! Like a typical cockatoo, most enjoy being held and petted, and are friendly and sociable. The Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo is a long-term commitment for an owner — this species can live up to 70 years with proper care and attention. Cockatoos are fun-loving, intelligent and energetic parrots, and their food should reflect those traits. Learn more about Cockatoos from parrot expert Ana Temple from Ana's Parrots and Supplies at
Martha Stewart Member
March 5, 2008
He was very likable until he insinuated that his birds ended up in Puerto Rico.
Martha Stewart Member
March 5, 2008
Actually caique parrots are the 'clowns' of the avian world, closely followed by lorikeets. And african greys are not recommended for apartment dwellers- they can be extremely loud and insistent in what they want.
Martha Stewart Member
March 5, 2008
There is something terribly wrong with anyone who doesn't just love Marc Morrone. He's the greatest.