Greater Vasa Parrot


Greater vasa parrots have an almost primitive appearance; they are not commonly kept as pets. Greater vasa parrots are extremely intelligent and very playful, and they become very devoted to their pet bird caregivers. An interesting fact about the greater vasa parrot is that it has an incubation period of only 18 days, the shortest among the parrot species. The greater vasa parrot is entertaining, agile and they learn very quickly.

Behavior / Health Concerns

Greater vasa parrots are extremely active birds and they are avid eaters — they need a great deal of food and will eat every bit of it. Greater vasa parrots will take all kinds of baths: water baths, sun baths and dirt baths. A large variety of pet birds toys is essential for greater vasa parrots in order to chew enough and to keep mentally and physically busy. They do best in an aviary, where they can fly swiftly, stretch and play enough to accommodate their active nature and large size.

Expert Advice

“The greater vasa parrot is an unusual parrot. Their intelligence and peculiar appearance make them extremely interesting.”

Frank Ball, The Bird Walk (

Breed Details

Scientific Name:
Native Region:
20 inches
Life Expectancy:
30-plus years
Noise Level:
Quiet, except during the breeding season
Talk / Trick Ability: