Which Parrots Are Cuddly?

Every relationship includes this or that amount of tenderness, interaction, and, of course, cuddling. The same relates to you and your parrot or any other pet.

Adopting a pet happens due to different reasons, but no matter why you get a pet, it still brings more fun and happiness into your life and makes it brighter in different ways.

If you are here, reading this article about cuddly parrots, I believe you have already got one or thinking of it.
So how to define which parrots are really cuddly?

To give a short answer to this: parrots are mostly cuddly pets. Just some of them are cuddlier compared to others. African greys, cockatiels, conures, Quaker parrots, and green macaws are the first ones that come to mind. Why? Because these parrots stand out among others thanks to their extraordinary characters and how they like to demonstrate affection.

Life with a cuddly parrot has its specifics, though. So, let’s have a closer glance at how to get and treat a parrot that is cuddly-wise, which parrots are cuddly, and how the level of affection in relationships with your parrot influences their well-being.

So with affection to the parrots in mind, let’s move on.

Quaker Parrots

Quaker parrots are really social and cuddly pets. Usually, they have green feathers with bluish sides, orange beaks, and grey legs. Sometimes you can come across another name they have – monk parakeets.

These medium-size parrots originate from South American. Quaker parrots are intelligent enough and can mimic human voices.

The lifespan of this parrot is between 20 and 30 years, so if you adopt it, it can be a member of your family or your talkie companion for quite a long time.

Plus, if you adopt a Quaker parrot, be ready to give it enough attention and interaction. They are usually very active and need lots of contacts and playing with their owner. The more you interact, the better bond and affection can be built with this pet.

African Greys

Although this huge African parrot looks severe and independent most of the time, it still requires tons of attention if you adopt it. African greys’ crave for attention is a natural feature of this parrot.

Grey feathering and bright red tail won’t let you miss this parrot. Unlike smaller Quaker parrots, they can live up to 75 years.

African Greys are charismatic and like socializing, so consider getting him a companion if you live alone. 


Cockatiels adore snuggling and cuddling with the owner.

These cute Australian parrots are the friendliest among the parrots. They are comic and active and need lots of playing and communicating.

Such a pet can live up to 20-30 years with you or your family.

Most of the time, they can keep themselves busy whistling to an object of affection or the mirror. So if you own a Cockatiel, you won’t be bored.

Plus, they are middle-sized birds, so that you can adopt more than one parrot for a superb company.

Green Wing Macaw

This parrot can look intimidating with its massive beak. Although, don’t let the first impression mislead you. Macaws are known as large gentle giants with a very calm temper.

Similar to greys, they live long up to 70 years. They are very social birds and would require 1-2 hours of interaction during the day. With enough attention, they are pretty easy-going and don’t have any behavior issues.

In wild nature, macaws live in pairs or groups and can cuddle for hours with each other. So if you are ready to get a macaw – prepare to invest some time to establish trust with this huge but tender pet.


And finally, meet charming conures! Despite their moderate size, these parrots are playful and friendly.
They originate from Bolivia and can live with you for around 30 years. Be prepared for some loud activities if you adopt a conure.

This class of parrots is the most variable and includes nearly 100 species, so the choice is pretty wide. When you decide, ask the breeder or previous owner about details related to any specific kind of a conure you pick.

Conures like to take showers from the owner or their bowl with water, which adds more fun. Such parrots want to actively interact with the favored person by sitting on you or getting under your clothes.

The easy-going conure’s personality makes it an excellent pet for a family with kids. But be sure to define the rules of cuddling and don’t force the bird into it.

I bet you’ll get a fun time teaching your conure to dance or play simple tricks. So consider getting this kind of bird.

Are All Parrots Cuddly?

The above parrots are on top of the cuddly section in the parrots’ world. But if you ask if all parrots like to cuddle, I would say that almost all parrot pets are somewhat of social and good companions.

Some may argue that some parrot species are more into snuggling and cuddling. But I believe that all depends on how close you can be with your parrot.

How much time do you spend to speak, play and build the connection? That all will, in the end, create an affection with a parrot or make you more distant from each other.

And while some species can stay alone, others want to be treated and are open to communication with the owner.

Is It Better to Adopt a Cuddly Parrot?

Parrots are into socializing no matter what species we are talking about. Some are more active and loud, others – calm and quiet.

You will have to gain their trust with any of those before it becomes as cuddly-wise as you desire.

In the long run, giving your time and love to a parrot of any kind will lead you to a closer relationship – the base of long and pleasant companionship for both you and your pet.

So considering this, my advice is to look at the more easy-going parrot kinds I’ve described above. If you feel like getting one of those, still invest time and effort into building trust and a reliable connection with it.

But if your heart calls to get a calmer anti-social parrot, know that making it cuddly and loveable may take some more time.

So, keep it slow, and one day you’ll see how much affection and communication is there for you if you are patient with your parrot.