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Red Parrot.pngBlue Parrot.pngGreen Parrot.pngCyan Parrot.pngGray Parrot.pngSitting Red Parrot.pngSitting Blue Parrot.pngSitting Green Parrot.pngSitting Cyan Parrot.pngSitting Gray Parrot.png
Health points





Height: 0.9 Blocks
Width: 0.5 Blocks


Jungle, Bamboo Jungle


Feather (1–2)



Internal ID

JE: 105
BE: 30

Namespaced ID


Parrots are rare tameable mobs found in jungles. Parrots can imitate sounds of nearby hostile mobs and can perch on the player's shoulders.


Parrots spawn naturally in jungle biomes, on grass or leaves. They can be found rarely, in groups of 1–2 at light level 7 or above.


Different 5 color parrots
5 parrots of different colors

Parrots come in five different colors: red, blue, green, cyan, and gray.


When a parrot is killed, it drops:

  • 1–2 feathers. The maximum is increased by 1 per level of Looting, for a maximum of 1–5 with Looting III.
  • 1–3 experience when killed by a player or tamed wolf.


Parrots flying through the jungle. (Click to play animation)


Parrots are passive. They can fly, and usually fly upwards if struck. They fly under normal conditions, but they can tire[1] and return to the ground.

Parrots crowd and settle around other nearby mobs, including neutral and hostile mobs.

When in water, a parrot swims by flapping its wings.


Parrots can be tamed by feeding them wheat seeds, melon seeds, pumpkin seeds, or beetroot seeds, with 13 chance of success. Once tamed, interacting with a parrot will make it sit down and stand up.

Like tamed wolves and cats, a tamed parrot follows the player unless told to sit, and may teleport if there is a sufficient distance between them and the player. Like all tame animals upon death, a death message is displayed to its owner.

Unlike most animals, parrots have no baby form, and cannot be bred. Other animals that cannot breed are polar bears, trader llamas in Bedrock Edition, skeleton horses, and mules.

Perching on shoulders[edit]

Red Parrot on Steve.pngBlue Parrot on Steve.pngGreen Parrot on Steve.pngCyan Parrot on Steve.pngGray Parrot on Steve.pngRed Parrot on Alex.pngBlue Parrot on Alex.pngCyan Parrot on Alex.pngGreen Parrot on Alex.pngGray Parrot on Alex.png

A tamed parrot on the ground can be made to perch on its player's shoulder by moving through the parrot. On its own, a tamed parrot can also fly to and perch on the player's shoulder, unless it has been told to sit. A player can have one parrot on each shoulder. Parrots always prefer a player's left shoulder first, if it is empty.

A parrot dismounts its player when the player:

  • jumps down natural terrain, that is:
    • the player does not land on a high-enough surface (12 block up or higher)
    • the player drops off a ledge of higher than 34 of a block
  • takes damage
  • submerges the player's feet into water of any height
  • starts drowning
  • submerges the player's head in lava (the parrot dismounts and burns even if the player has Fire Resistance)

Parrots on a shoulder always look in the same direction the player's head is looking.

A parrot on a shoulder cannot take any damage, but may get hurt as soon as it dismounts, as when dismounting a player submerged in lava.

A parrot sitting on a shoulder appears in the inventory interface.

Imitating sounds[edit]

Parrots imitate the idle sounds of nearby hostile and certain neutral mobs (including the hiss of creepers for example); they have a detection range of 20 blocks (cubical). The sound produced by the parrots is simply the same sound as the mob being mimicked at a higher pitch. They tend to look in the direction of the mob they are mimicking. Occasionally, a parrot may imitate sounds of mobs that are not in the area.[2]


Parrots dance near a jukebox if a music disc is inside, and in Bedrock Edition, they will even dance while on a player's shoulder. This is a reference to the Party Parrot meme.[3] The game does not seem to have any real way to determine when the music ends, though; as long as the disc remains in the jukebox, the parrot continues dancing even after the music stopped.

The dancing radius is 3 blocks from jukebox. If they dance and then fly beyond this radius, they stop dancing.


In Java Edition, attempting to feed a parrot a cookie instantly kills it, emitting Poison particles as it dies. In Bedrock Edition, feeding a cookie to a parrot gives it fatal poison instead.


This page would benefit from the addition of more sounds.
Please remove this notice once you've added suitable sounds to the article. The specific instructions are: add mob imitations
Sound Subtitle Namespaced ID Subtitle ID Source Pitch Volume Attenuation distance
Parrot talks entity.parrot.ambient subtitles.entity.parrot.ambient ? ? ? 16
Parrot dies entity.parrot.death subtitles.entity.parrot.death ? ? ? 16
Parrot eats subtitles.entity.parrot.eats ? ? ? 16
No subtitle (Plays when parrot flies) ? ? ? 16
Parrot hurts entity.parrot.hurt subtitles.entity.parrot.hurt ? ? ? 16
No subtitle entity.parrot.step (Presumably plays when walking) ? ? ? 16

Data values[edit]

Parrots have entity data associated with them that contain various properties of the mob.

When a parrot is resting on the player's shoulder, it ceases to be a distinct entity, and its entity data is stored meanwhile in the player's ShoulderEntityLeft or ShoulderEntityRight tags. See also Player.dat.

Parrot color



Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Namespaced ID
Advancement-plain-raw.png Best Friends ForeverTame an animalHusbandryhusbandry/tame_an_animal


Java Edition
March 23, 2017Maria Lemón tweets that her new mob, created with the help of RazzleberryFox, will be showcased in the next snapshot. "It's flytastic!"
Later the same day, she revealed that the new mob will be parrots.[4]
March 26, 2017Maria reveals that parrots will be able to copy the sounds of other mobs around it.
Later the same day, she tweets an image of Steve "the parrot king" carrying parrots on his shoulder.[5]
March 28, 2017Maria tweets another image of parrots, showcasing their ability to fly and slowly drift downwards.
March 30, 2017Shortly before the snapshot was released, Maria revealed that parrots are attracted to cookies. This is a reference to the popular phrase "Polly wants a cracker".[6] In real life, parrots should not be fed chocolate chip cookies, as chocolate is toxic to parrots.
1.1217w13aRed Parrot.png Blue Parrot.png Green Parrot.png Cyan Parrot.png Added parrots.
17w13bGray Parrot.png Added gray-yellow parrot.
17w14aThe right-click action has now been changed: right-clicking on a tamed parrot now tells it to sit.
Having a parrot sit on the player's shoulders now require the player to walk through the parrot.
Parrots now dance and change colors if music is playing on a nearby jukebox.
Parrots now make sounds when sitting on the player's shoulders.
17w15aParrots no longer change colors while dancing.
pre3Parrots are now tamed with seeds, instead of cookies, after an outcry on Reddit.
Attempting to feed cookies to a parrot now instantly kills the parrot, causing it to emit poison particles. In an e-mail to Motherboard, Jens Bergensten explained: "Our reasoning for originally using cookies was twofold; it gave cookies a reason to exist within Minecraft, and it was a subtle reference to the Nirvana song 'Polly.' However, we didn't consider what the chocolate ingredient would mean to real life parrots!"[7]
1.1318w19aParrots now imitate phantoms and drowned.
1.1419w11aParrots can now imitate ravagers, pillagers and pandas.
1.14.2Pre-Release 1Parrots no longer spawn on grass, but on grass blocks instead.
1.1519w40aParrots can now sit on a player's shoulder even while the player is riding.
19w41aParrots no longer imitate pandas.
19w44aParrots no longer imitate polar bears, wolves, and zombie pigmen.
19w45aParrots no longer imitate endermen.
Bedrock Edition
1.2.0beta Parrot.png Blue Parrot.png Green Parrot.png Cyan Parrot.png Gray Parrot.png Added parrots.
1.4.0beta can now imitate drowned sounds.
1.6.0beta can now imitate phantom sounds.
?Parrots can now imitate pillagers and ravagers.
Legacy Console Edition
TU54CU441.52Patch 241.0.4Red Parrot.png Blue Parrot.png Green Parrot.png Cyan Parrot.png Gray Parrot.png Added parrots.


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