The parrot is a tameable mob in Minecraft that’s unique in many ways. Just like real-world parrots, the ones in Minecraft can replicate the sounds of other creatures, including hostile mobs.
A pet parrot in Minecraft can also perch itself on the player’s shoulders, just like the macaws that pirates were known to keep. But, as with all mobs in Minecraft, your pet parrot will eventually grow old and die.
So, what’s an aspiring pirate to do when their avian ally bites the big one? Since they’re so rare, most players naturally want to know how to breed parrots in Minecraft.
Unfortunately, another unique trait of parrots in Minecraft is that they cannot be bred. You can, however, spawn a parrot egg that hatches into an adult parrot.
In this guide, we’ll walk you through how to tame parrots and how you can spawn a parrot egg to get more of them.
How to Breed Parrots in Minecraft
As mentioned above, there is no way to breed parrots in Minecraft. Unlike cows and axolotls, there is no “child” version of parrots in Minecraft—all the parrots you find out in the wild are adults.
Feeding a parrot its favorite food (seeds) while it’s in the vicinity of other parrots won’t inspire it to “do the deed.” Thus, the only way to get a parrot in Survival Mode is by taming one.
In Creative Mode, players can make a Parrot Spawn Egg, which hatches into an adult parrot when thrown on the ground.
We’ll talk about how to go about doing that in the How to Create a Parrot Spawn Egg section below.
How to Tame a Parrot in Minecraft
We’ve already learned that the only way to obtain a parrot pet in Minecraft is by taming one. But how do you go about doing that? In this section, we’ll show you where you can find parrots in the wild and the foods you can use to tame them.
1. Look for a parrot in the wild.
In Minecraft, parrots only spawn naturally in jungle biomes. They’re extremely rare, with only a 0.2 chance of being generated. They will spawn only on logs, grass blocks, and leaves.
Parrots have very brightly-colored feathers, which makes them easy to spot amidst the green of jungle biomes. However, they can fly, so you may have to do a bit of chasing to get in range to lure them in with your food.
In older versions of Minecraft (before update 1.12), parrots won’t spawn if there are more than 10 passive mobs. In this case, you have to kill some mobs to allow parrots to spawn.
2. Feed its seeds
Once you’ve found a parrot, taming it is simple. Parrots love seeds, so equip any type of seed from your inventory, then right-click on the parrot.
Hearts will appear above its head, indicating its affection towards you. This means you’ve tamed it.
3. Make it perch on your shoulder
To make a tamed parrot sit on your shoulder, just walk through it. You can repeat the process and have two parrots, with one perched atop each shoulder. Jumping or falling down causes the parrots to fall off.
How to Create a Parrot Spawn Egg in Minecraft
We’ve now learned how to tame parrots in Minecraft, but that doesn’t solve our biggest problem: finding them in the first place! What if you want to have a whole family of them? What if you want an entire island of parrots?
Well, we know you can’t breed them, but there is actually a way to get as many parrots as you want in Minecraft. The only hitch is that this method can only be done in Creative Mode.
The Creative Inventory menu is only available in Creative Mode. From this menu, you can spawn any item in Minecraft at any time.
If you look through the items in the menu, you can find the Parrot Spawn Egg. This green egg with red spots will hatch into an adult parrot when you drop it on the ground.
If you don’t want to sift through the hundreds of block types in the Inventory Menu, you can put a Parrot Spawn Egg directly into your inventory by typing the following command into the Minecraft chat console (default button: “/”).
/give @p parrot_spawn_egg 1
That concludes our guide on how to breed parrots. We’ve covered where to find them in the wild and that you can tame them by feeding them seeds.
We also learned that parrots cannot be bred in Minecraft, but you can spawn them in Creative Mode by using a Parrot Spawn Egg. We hope you found this guide helpful; don’t forget to share it with your parrot-loving pals!