8 Top Large Parrots to Keep as Pets

African Grey African greys have intelligence and emotional capacities comparable to a 5-year old human. These birds live to 50 years, but they don't reach the same maturity as a 5-year old. 

Eclectus The striking eclectus, a large parrot with multiple options, is one of the most distinctive. The plumage of male and female eclectus is different because they are sexually dimorphic. The males are bright green, while the females are red with bluish purple accents. 

Umbrella Cockatoo If taken care of properly, umbrella cockatoos will live for 70 to 80 years in captivity. These birds are gentle and sweet and form strong bonds with their caregivers. Many birds love to snuggle up to their bird friends and are often distraught when they are separated. 

Yellow-Naped Amazon The yellow-naped Amazon, one of the most talkative parrots in the family, makes a great companion bird. They are happy and social birds that bond well with their caregivers. If properly cared for, these birds can live up to 70 years. 

Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo The sulphur-crested bird has a long life expectancy of approximately 80 years. It comes in two sizes. The larger sulphur-crested bird measures approximately 20 inches from the beak to the tail, while the smaller cockatoo is around 15 inches. 

Blue-and-Gold Macaw The blue-and-gold Macaw is an enormous parrot that can live up to 50 years in captivity. It has gained immense popularity as a pet. These brightly colored birds are very intelligent and will often learn tricks and how to speak. 

Scarlet Macaw Scarlet macaws can be intelligent and energetic. They need lots of exercise and socialization daily. They are easily bored and require a variety of toys to keep them occupied. While macaws are affectionate and can bond with their family members, they are not the best choice for children.

Hyacinth Macaw The blue hyacinth Macaw parrot is the largest. This bird is large and can live for more than 60 years. This bird requires a large, escape-proof enclosure in order to live in. Commercial cages are not able to accommodate this requirement.