Lesser Vasa Parrot


Vasa parrots are not common in aviculture and is not commonly kept as pet birds. Companion pet vasa parrots are extremely intelligent and very playful, and they become very devoted to their pet bird owners. An interesting fact about vasa parrots is that it has an incubation period of only 18 days, the shortest among psittacines.

Behavior / Health Concerns

Vasas are extremely active birds and they are avid eaters —they need a great deal of food and will eat every bit of it. Vasa parrots love to take baths. Pet bird toys are a must for vasa parrots, in order to keep them happy and healthy. Vasa parrots do best in an aviary where they can fly, stretch and play enough to accommodate their active nature and large size.

Expert Advice

“While most people think of parrots as brightly colored birds, the vasa [parrots] are gray and rather dull in appearance, up until breeding season. When they breed, the flesh on their heads turns bright yellow.”

Jennifer Evans, Lead Aviculturist/Intern Coordinator, Tracy Aviary

Breed Details

Scientific Name:
Native Region:
Easter Madagascar
13.5 to 14 inches
Life Expectancy:
30-plus years
Noise Level:
Quiet, except during the breeding season
Talk / Trick Ability: