Minecraft Parrots

Parrots are among the rarest mobs in Minecraft, spawning only inside jungle biomes. They are harmless, passive mobs that fly around for a short while if attacked. They in Minecraft can be found in either cyan, green, blue, red, or gray color. Parrots can be tamed by feeding them either beetroot, pumpkin, wheat, or melon seeds; upon being tamed they will ride on the players' shoulders mimicking the noise of mobs found close to the player.

Parrots were added in Minecraft Bedrock version 1.2 and Minecraft Java Edition version 1.12. Parrots are among some of the rarer mobs in the game and only spawn inside jungle biomes, in a somewhat similar fashion to Ocelots. They are harmless, passive mobs and will fly around for a short while if attacked. They are also known to be drawn into being around other mobs (including even aggressive mobs). There are five unique parrot colors currently in Minecraft (cyan, green, blue, red & gray).

Minecraft Parrots

Minecraft Parrots (Image via 3D Warehouse)

Health Points6
Attack Strength0 (Can’t attack)
Appeared In1.12 Java 1.2 Bedrock
DropsFeathers (1-2x)
SpawnJungle biomes
BehaviorNon-aggressive (Passive), Tameable

Behavior, Drops, and Uses

In Minecraft, Parrots currently don’t have too much practical usage outside of being a friendly companion of sorts to the player. After being tamed, the parrot can ride on the players' shoulders and will also mimic the noise of mobs found close by to the player. For example, if a nearby creeper lets off a hiss, the parrot will remember this sound and echo it in its own unique parrot voice; although this has no real practical usage. Parrots will dance if they are somewhat close to a jukebox playing music and if killed a parrot will always drop 1 or 2 feathers and 1-3 EXP orbs.

Red Minecraft Parrot

Red Minecraft parrot (Image via Pinterest)

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Parrot spawn in Minecraft

Parrots are a rare mob in the game, with a 0.2 chance of spawning inside any jungle biome within the game. They can also, however, be spawned in creative mode using parrot spawn eggs.

How to Tame a Parrot in Minecraft?

Players can tame parrots in Minecraft by feeding them beetroot seeds, pumpkin seeds, wheat seeds or melon seeds. Each time one of these seeds is fed to the parrot, there is a 33% chance the parrot will be tamed.

After being tamed, the parrot will follow the player in a similar fashion to a wolf/ocelot until told to stay in place. 

Minecraft Parrot Breeding

In Minecraft currently, parrots do not have a baby form hence cannot be bred. The only way to find a parrot in the game at the moment is to either spawn it in (with creative mode) or to go looking for one in a jungle biome.

What do parrots eat in Minecraft?

Parrots in their current state in Minecraft, cannot really be fed once tamed. The only thing they can technically eat is cookies. However, upon feeding a parrot a cookie, it will instantly die. 

This was implemented to reflect the real-life fact of parrots being unsuited to ingredients in cookies. The decision was made by Mojang to implement the feature in order to teach young players the dangers of feeding potentially lethal things to these fragile birds.

parrot sitting on a shoulder

Parrots sitting on the shoulder of a player (Image via Gaming On Linux)

Video Guide


1. How do you get a parrot off your shoulder in Minecraft?

To remove a perched parrot on the shoulder of a player in the game currently, all that needs to be done is to change the current height of said player in some fashion. This can be most simply done by jumping. Upon jumping the parrot will be removed from the shoulder of the player.

2. How do you get a parrot on your shoulder in Minecraft?

It’s very easy to do this. After a parrot has been tamed (see above for a guide on how to tame it), players can simply interact with their tamed parrot and it will appear to sit on their shoulder.

3. How do you heal parrots in Minecraft?

Unfortunately, in the current state of the game, there is no dedicated mechanic to heal a parrot. However, one can craft a splash potion of healing and throw it near the parrot, which will heal it (as it will with any other mob).

4. Do cookies kill parrots in Minecraft?

Yes, if a cookie is fed to a parrot it will die instantly. 

This reflects the real-life fact in which parrots are actually unable to process some ingredients inside cookies, hence finding them toxic. Mojang cleverly did this on purpose in order to educate their younger audience.

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