How Long Do Parrots Live?

Some parrots apparently bathe in the Fountain of Youth. It's common for some breeds to live several decades. In fact, these long-living birds frequently outlive their owners (who sometimes put provisions in their wills to be sure their pet birds are cared for after they're gone). Looking after a bird can be a big responsibility – and a lengthy one. That's why it's key to take a good look at the average life spans of different types before deciding on a feathered friend to adopt. Typically, larger birds have longer life spans, and all the birds on our list are in the parrot family. Now read on for our rundown on the longest-living birds along with some tips for ensuring your age-defying pet has a happy, healthy life.



These birds are known for their extreme longevity. The life spans of smaller Macaws average 25 years, and larger members of the breed live 40-50 years. These birds can even live 80-100 years, so be sure to have a plan in place for your Macaw's full lifetime.


These beautiful parrots can live for 25-40 years, and many live up to 80 years with the proper care and nutrition.

African Greys

These birds usually live about 25 years, but they can live 50 years or more with the right care. These parrots are very smart and require a good amount of stimulation every day. They can self-mutilate when stressed or bored, so giving them enough attention is very important.


The typical life span of these birds is 20-30 years, but they can live longer than 50 years in the right circumstances. These birds are prone to obesity and liver disease, so proper nutrition is very important for your Amazon to live a long, healthy life.


This medium-sized parrot usually lives 15 years, but it can live up to 30 years with good care. They're also known for their beautiful, colorful appearance.


This is another large parrot that can live up to 40 years. Typically though, a life span is around 12-20 years.


A bird's breed isn't the only factor that determines how long it will live. Birds usually hide when they're sick, so veterinary care usually comes late to captive birds. Try to be proactive about your bird's health. Cleaning your bird's cage and feeding bowls, keeping your bird on an appropriate diet, and seeking veterinary care when necessary are all crucial when caring for your bird. And don't forget to exercise and interact with your bird regularly. With the proper care and attention, your feathered friend should live a healthy and happy life for many years to come.

By Jay Matthews

About the Author
Jay Matthews has been writing professionally for over a decade. He's been an animal lover for even longer. When he's not creating articles or copywriting, he's slowly chipping away at a science fiction novel. He lives with his family and their cat Koko in Los Angeles.