How to tame a Parrot in Minecraft (2020)

Parrots are an interesting neutral mob that can be found in Minecraft. They can actually be pretty useful, because they will imitate the sound of a hostile enemy that is nearby. These can also perch on your shoulder, which is a fun thing to run around with in game! We'll show you the exact steps you need to take to tame a parrot in this tutorial.

Parrots were introduced in the 1.12 version of the game, so they are available for 1.13, 1.14, and 1.16! You can tame them in every platform of the game, including PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Java, Pocket Edition (PE/Mobile), iPad, Bedrock, and Nintendo Switch editions!

Taming a Parrot Step-by-Step Guide

Time needed: 10 minutes.

To tame a parrot, you need to get any type of seeds, and then you will then need to find a Jungle biome to locate the bird. Once you find a Parrot, pull out your seeds, and feed it until you see the hearts over its head which mean you've tamed it!

  1. Get Seeds

    The first thing you need to do is obtain some seeds. You can obtain any kind of seeds, but the easiest to get are wheat seed. You just need to punch any growing grass around you. If you don't have access to grass, then you you can use melon, pumpkin, and beetroot seeds as well.

  2. Find a Jungle Biome

    This is the step where things might get tricky. Jungle biomes aren't always readily available, so you might need to search around quite a bit. If you don't mind using commands, you can use "/locatebiome jungle" to find the closest one. It doesn't have to be a bamboo jungle, which is a rarer offshoot of the jungle biome.

  3. Find the Parrot

    Once you locate the jungle, you'll need to find the parrots. They aren't super common, but they do standout quite well against the jungle trees. They can come in five different colors: red, blue, green, cyan, and gray.

  4. Tame the Parrot

    Once you find a parrot, put the seeds in your hand and interact with the bird! Once you give them enough seeds they will eventually become tame and follow you around! If you walk through the bird they will land on your shoulder!

The cool thing about parrots is that they will imitate sounds of hostile or neutral mobs that get close to you. It's a nice way to be warned when a creeper is about to sneak up on you! A parrot will also dance if they are near a jukebox with a music disc inside! The one bummer about these birds is that they can't be bred. So, make sure you don't accidentally get them killed or you will need to go tame another one!

How do you get a parrot off your shoulder?

The typical way to get a parrot off of your shoulder is to just jump. If this doesn't work, try jumping or dropping off of a block or two to dislodge them!

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  1. There are 3 recognized species of African gray

    Psittacus erithacus Erithacus:
    Commonly known as Congo, African grey, Grey Parrot, Jaco, or Gabon gray. About 36 cm long, 450 to 600 grams. Ash gray plumage, bright red tail. Equatorial Africa.

    Psittacus erithacus princeps:
    Also known as Ghanaian Gray, West African Gray, or Boyd Alexander. Looks a lot like Congo parrot, but a little smaller. The Island of Principé and Fernando Po in the Gulf of Guinea.