As a new pet parent, one of the most exciting tasks is picking a name for your companion. And if you’re lucky enough to call a bird your bestie, naming is even more fun! With tons of personality, exotic good looks and striking voices, pet birds can inspire some of the most creative monikers.
Need a little help selecting a name that soars above the rest? From pop culture picks to nature-inspired choices to historical options, we put together a list of bird names for the finest feathered friends. With 280 cute names for birds, you’re bound to find the perfect name for your new pet!
This sweet name is perfect for a winged buddy with the voice of an angel.
A pint-sized term of endearment, Baby is a lovely choice for birds of all ages and sizes.
Meaning “beautiful,” Bella is appropriately avian.
While perhaps not the most creative name, Bird gets straight to the point in a playful way.
This vintage name is making a comeback, with celebrities including Jessica Simpson and Busy Philipps choosing it for their children.
A colorful choice for blue-or teal-hued birds.
This simple name is fitting for your little bud (especially if they’re a budgie).
Charlie could be short for Charles Lindbergh, the American aviator famous for making the first solo transatlantic flight in 1927.
Equal parts silly and sweet, Chicken is fun name for any species of bird.
Whether you’re referencing the fashionable Ms. Chanel or a chocolaty brown shade, Coco is a cutie.
Disney darling Daisy Duck also fits the bill (see what we did there?)
A classically cute boy’s name with sky-high potential.
New Zealand’s famous species of flightless bird just so happens to have an adorable name—no wonder it’s one of the most popular bird names!
This musical Spanish name is cute as can be.
If your pet is a rescue, Lucky might be a nice fit.
Meaning “light,” Lucy is a great choice for pets who take flight.
Meaning “moon” in Latin, Luna is a celestial charmer.
In addition to the delicious tropical fruit, mango also refers to a genus of hummingbirds.
When young, it can be difficult to determine the sex of some species. Not quite sure? Max is a gender-neutral name that can be short for either Maxine or Maxwell.
This Spanish name packs tons of personality into two snappy syllables.
Perfect for grey or black birds with spicy personalities.
In honor of the animated film, which tells the story of two very different parrots who fall in love.
Bullwinkle’s buddy wasn’t just any old squirrel—he was a flying squirrel.
An absolute gem for red-feathered friends.
The rainbow-hued candy lends its name well to colorful birds.
A natural name for your high-flying friend.
For the pet who always brightens your day.
For the pet who makes you happy when skies are gray.
Disney fans, this one has your name all over it. At both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, the Enchanted Tiki Room attraction features a chirpy cast of animatronic birds.
Although Tweety is a canary, this cute cartoony name is a good name for a bird of any species.
If you’re looking for a pretty name for a female bird, you’re in luck. Across cultures and categories, there are a number of beautiful girl’s names inspired by avian attributes.
This pretty Welsh name translates to “bird.”
This girl’s name means “bird” in Arabic.
Talk about a breath of fresh air. This gorgeous Greek girl’s name means “daughter of the wind.”
From Greenland, meaning “wind.”
This Greek goddess of the hunt is associated with several powerful birds.
A Latin name meaning “star,” Astra is a fitting moniker for those who share the sky.
Meaning “wind” in Latin, Aura is also the goddess of breezes in Greek mythology.
The Spanish word for “breeze” also makes a beautiful girl’s name.
A goddess in Greek mythology, Circe also means “bird.”
In Hebrew, the name Daya means “bird of prey.”
This female Welsh name means “bird.”
The Roman goddess is commonly associated with wild animals, especially birds.
Enara is the Basque word for a swallow bird.
This classic girl’s name is also the name of a strong wind.
Making its first English appearance in “The Canterbury Tales,” Mavis is an Old French name meaning “song thrush.”
An Arabic name meaning “breeze” or “fresh air.”
This Hawaiian name translates to “bird.”
Of Persian origin, Roxy means “dawn,” making it perfect for early birds.
Tori means “bird” in Japanese.
A Finnish girl’s name meaning “wind.”
With their cascading branches, willow trees are havens for nesting birds.
Don’t worry, gentlemen—we didn’t forget you. Considered these fine names for feathered fellas.
In Greek mythology, Anthus was a god who was turned into a bird.
Because sometimes, the most basic pet names are the funniest. (It’s an especially good name for a bird who has a habit of bobbing his head!)
Finches were central to Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.
This boy’s name is also the name of an adult male duck.
In honor of Mr. Poe, author of “The Raven.”
This Irish boy’s name means “little raven.”
This magical moniker is the name of Harry Potter’s faithful owl.
This short and sweet boy’s name is also the name of a type of bird.
Manu means “bird” in Māori.
Orville Wright was one half of the famous Wright Brothers, the aviation pioneers credited with building the first airplane.
Inspired by the Froot Loops cereal mascot Toucan Sam, of course.
A Japanese name meaning “bird’s tail.”
An Arabic name meaning “swooping eagle.”
Wilbur was the older of the two Wright brothers who flew the world's first successful motor-operated airplane.
Snoopy’s chirpy best friend was named after the music festival.
If your pet has a distinctive laugh-like chirp, Woody the Woodpecker may offer inspiration.
Of Basque origin, this boy’s name means “sky.”
In Hebrew, Zamir means “singer” or “nightingale.”
Alouette means “lark” in French.
For green birds, consider this food-inspired name.
This nature-inspired name suits a bird who’s as pretty as a flower.
A feathered friend of Woody Woodpecker, Chilly Willy is an adorable animated penguin.
The dessert is sweet and petite, just like your pet.
The iconic “Looney Tunes” duck is a time-tested choice.
In “Harry Potter,” Errol is the Weasley family’s endearingly clumsy owl.
For pale green, super sweet companions.
The Muppet’s main man is a frog, but we think Kermit works for all green creatures.
This diminutive name suits smaller species.
This silly name is fun for green birds.
This pint-sized name packs a ton of personality. In Celtic mythology, the flying creatures have a penchant for pranks.
For the bird gifted with feathers of every color.
An Old French name meaning “to listen,” Scout has an adventurous quality that is suited to many feathered friends.
Scuttle is the eccentric seagull and self-proclaimed human expert in “The Little Mermaid.”
With a lucky legacy, Shamrock is another good choice for rescue pets.
There are many names that reference stars, but Starla is especially twinkly.
Of Latin origin, Stella is another standout star name.
A sweet name for your just-as-sweet pet.
For pets so special you can’t believe they’re real.
Looking for a good name for a bird that also has some swagger? From aviation-inspired names to mythical monikers, these play it cool.
A term used for fighter pilots, Ace also makes a great name for high-flying friends.
A nod to Amelia Earhart, the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
An out-of-this-world name for fast flyers.
The South Pacific Island is known for its birds, boasting dozens of species found nowhere else in the world.
This mythical creature has the head and wings of an eagle (along with the body of a lion).
If you’re a Marvel fan, consider this sharp-shooting Avenger.
The ancient Egyptian deity and god of the sky is depicted with the head of a falcon and body of a man.
Increasingly popular for babies, the name Jett has an aviator air to it.
In Roman mythology, Jupiter is a god of the sky.
As all ’80s fans know, Maverick is the iconic nickname of U.S. Naval Aviator Lt. Pete Mitchell in “Top Gun.”
For a sky-inspired name, Orion—the name of one of the best-known constellations in the sky—has star quality.
Peregrine can refer to either a falcon or a traveler. Either way, it’s a fitting bird name. (Try Perrie for short!)
Take a cue from actor Jason Lee, who named his (human) son Pilot.
Whether referring to a grey-green color or a wise person, Sage plays it quietly cool.
Birds play an essential role in witchcraft, with some having magical powers and others regarded as omens.
Chesley Burnett "Sully" Sullenberger III famously landed US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River after both engines failed, saving the lives of all 155 people on board.
In Japanese folklore, Tengu are supernatural spirits who take the form of birds of prey.
Short for Zephyrus, Zephyr was the Greek god of the west wind.
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Quirky and cute, many birds seem to have senses of humor – in fact, some even mimic laughs! We think you (and your pet) will love these silly options.
Perfect for feathered friends with a fierce falsetto and fashion sense.
Instead of Polly, consider naming your parrot after her favorite snack.
A punny twist on the name of King Arthur’s legendary sword, Excalibur.
Toucan Sam is the cereal’s mascot, but “Froot Loop” makes a colorful choice itself.
This punny reference to the Oscar-winning crime movie is sure to earn giggles (…and maybe an eye roll or two).
Don’t look up! Alfred Hitchcock directed the classic horror film “The Birds.”
Or, as his friends like to call him, Yeezy.
In honor of Lady Bird Johnson, the delightfully named wife of President Lyndon B. Johnson.
If you name your bird after the Boston Celtics star, you’re pretty much obligated to buy him a basketball net toy.
Lord of the Wings
Fantasy fans will appreciate this punny play on J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel-turned-film series.
If your pet can hit the high notes, consider naming her after Ms. Carey.
The “fly” in the name of this “Back to the Future” protagonist takes on a literal meaning when you give it to your bird.
The quirky “Friends” character was an animal lover—in fact, she broke up with a boyfriend who didn’t appreciate birds chirping in the morning.
Is your feathered friend a cockatoo? The palm cockatoo is known as the “Ringo Starr of the bird world.” The only bird species known to create “instruments,” they use pieces of tree bark to rhythmically drum and attract mates.
The “Saved by the Bell” character’s name sounds like a noise your bird might make.
The Big Bang Theory” character might not appreciate this shout-out. On the show, Sheldon has a fear of birds, known as “ornithophobia.”
On “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” the Gang frequently compares Sweet Dee to a bird.
Tweety’s arch nemesis makes for an ironic bird name.
The social media’s mascot, Larry, is based on a mountain bluebird.
Zazu is the name of the nervous red-billed hornbill in “The Lion King.”
Parrot parents, you’re in luck. From pirates to pop culture, there are tons of fun options for parrots.
If you’re looking for a female pirate namesake, Anne Bonny—an Irish pirate who patrolled the Caribbean—is your girl.
Derived from the Latin word for “bird,” Ava means “voice” or “sound” in Persian.
As fans of the animated hit “Rio” know, Blu is the film’s loveably naive parrot.
With his unforgettable voice, colorful personality and flashy wardrobe, David Bowie had quite a few things in common with parrots.
Parrots have been associated with pirates since the publication of “Treasure Island,” in which Long John Silver kept one as a pet, named Captain Flint. For a nautical parrot name, consider the name Captain.
The duchess lorikeet, a type of parrot, was named to honor a Prussian princess in 1879.
Perfect for the chatty pet who repeats everything you say.
Einstein is the spot-on name of a smarty-pants African grey parrot who resides in Texas. Known for his mimicry skills, he does an alright-alright-alright Matthew McConaughey impression.
Looking for a pirate-inspired name for your parrot? Try Captain Hook, the infamous pirate in Peter Pan.
Memorably voiced by Gilbert Gottfried, Iago is Jafar’s surly, smart-mouthed parrot in “Aladdin.”
The Spanish word for “island,” Isla has a tropical ring to it.
The name of this “Pirates of the Caribbean” captain doubles as a Disney-inspired reference to birds.
Fans of the "Margaritaville" singer are known as Parrotheads.
You can interpret this name two ways: 1) a good-natured Roger or 2) a menacing pirate flag. Take your pick!
Long John Silver
Another pirate-inspired choice, Long John Silver is particularly fitting for silver-hued African grey parrots.
The ’90s comedy “Paulie” was about a wisecracking, extremely chatty parrot.
For an alliterative name, “Peter Parrot” has a nice ring to it.
This generic parrot name traces back to 1606, when Renaissance playwright Ben Jonson named a parrot character “Sir Pol.” It caught on with British pet parents, who began using the more affectionate “Polly.”
In some versions of “Peter Pan,” Short Tom is the name of Captain Hook’s mischievous parrot.
If your feathered friend likes to sing, consider paying a little r-e-s-p-e-c-t to the one and only Aretha Franklin.
Did you know that cockatiels are only naturally found in the wild in mainland Australia? With this in mind, consider a callout to the species’ homeland.
This musical name means “song” in Italian—perfect for a parakeet.
Legendary crooner Bing Crosby is a fun pick for musical birds.
We’ll raise a glass to this spirited name that’s quite close to the word “cockatiel.”
A male name of Hebrew origin, Efron means “singing bird.”
For the pet with flashy feathers and an unforgettable voice.
Is your bird a singer like Frank Sinatra? This name comes with a number of great nicknames, including: Chairman of the Board, Ol’ Blue Eyes, The Voice, and The Sultan of Swoon.
Cockatiels are known to be especially sweet and upbeat. With this in mind, it doesn’t get any happier than Happy!
For the warbler who knows how to carry a tune.
The Australian term of endearment is perfect for a feathered friend.
For another name from Down Under, Matilda is a traditionally popular name in Australia thanks to the folksong “Waltzing Matilda.”
If your cockatiel knows how to harmonize, consider Melody.
“Pearling” refers to a contrasting speckled pattern that gives some cockatiels a shimmery, pearl-like appearance.
This English name has a musical connection, meaning “pipe or flute player.”
Of Greek and Latin origin, Alette means “small winged one.”
Although more commonly used for Bulldogs, we think Bubba the Budgie has a nice ring to it.
Disney’s feisty duck is a natural namesake for talkative pets.
Also known as the Wicked Witch of the West, Elphaba’s bright green skin, loud cackle and flying skills have parakeet potential.
A true gem of a name for green parakeets.
The quirky clay character is a throwback choice for green budgies.
Have an especially colorful companion? In Greek mythology, Iris was the goddess of the rainbow.
The popular gemstone is perfect for green bird.
This Arabic name translates to “small bird.”
This avian-inspired girl’s name is perfect for especially chirpy pets.
An Old French name, Linette means “small songbird.”
Parakeets make far more than a “peep,” but we still think this name is cute.
This energetic name fits parakeets’ upbeat attitudes.
“Dumb and Dumber” fans will appreciate a parakeet named Petey.
For tiny, talkative birds, Pipsqueak becomes a term of endearment.
A nutty name that’s great for light-green feathered friends.
Sarika means “talking bird” in Sanskrit.
Sweetpea is the name of the easygoing parakeet in “The Secret Life of Pets.”
In some versions of “Peter Pan,” Tinker Bell was originally a green and yellow bird. (She became a fairy when placed in a bag with stardust.)
From Sanskrit, Akash means “upper sky.”
Meaning “sky blue,” Azure is especially lovely for blue-hued birdies.
Many birds love to snack on blueberries—and the fruit makes a great name for blue-feathered pets!
A Latin name meaning “heavenly,” Celeste also references a light-blue hue.
An Italian boy’s name meaning “sky.”
Ideal for birds with striking, silvery-blue feathers.
For an ocean-inspired choice, consider the Latin name Cordelia, which means “daughter of the sea.”
This Navajo name means “bluebird.”
The light-blue flower is also a sweet girl’s name.
This girl’s name means “blue crested bird.”
A true-blue Hawaiian name meaning “sea and sky.”
Meaning “sea and sun” in Spanish, Marisol calls to mind a tropical paradise.
In Hindi, the name Meena can mean “blue stone.”
The eighth planet from the sun appears blue when viewed from Earth.
This bluish-purple wildflower is a favorite snack for hummingbirds.
The striking stone is true gem of a name for blue birds.
Sema means “sky” in Turkish.
Sora means “sky” in Japanese.
For the red-feathered friend who is the “apple of your eye.”
Birds love to eat berries, and plenty of the tiny fruits are red.
Italian in origin, this girl’s name means “red.”
This French name means “cherry,” making it ripe for ruby-hued birds.
This fruit-inspired name has a cheery, chirpy quality that’s especially fitting for red birds.
Spice things up with a red pepper reference.
A reference to sea coral, this Greek name honors the homelands of tropical species.
Highly intelligent and brave, Fawkes is Professor Albus Dumbledore’s immortal red phoenix in “Harry Potter.”
A slightly spicy name for red heads (and feathers).
Colorful and precious, just like your jewel-toned pet.
This “red planet” name is simply out of this world.
A lovely name for birds with blushed feathers.
The phoenix is a bright red mythical bird that is reborn from its ashes.
A classic red blossom and cute girl’s name, Poppy always feels fresh.
This unisex baby name fits birds even better.
This floral French name suits red and pink birds well.
An Irish name meaning “little redhead.”
This colorful name is gaining popularity for baby girls, and perfect for red birds.
The shade of reddish brown is also used as a girl’s name.
A colorful name for golden-orange birds.
This musical Latin name means “the golden one.”
A favorite fruit snack among birds, Banana is a name with, ahem, a-peel.
Fun fact: “Sesame Street’s famous bird is an oversized canary.
This chirpy name is fun for birds with “blonde” feathers.
For short, Daffy is a cute nickname for the vibrant spring blossom.
A dandy choice for canaries and other yellow birds.
For sunny-shaded birds, this one is as good as gold.
A sweet term of endearment with a golden glow.
In Hebrew, this girl’s name means “little bird” or “canary.”
A zesty name for plucky yellow pets.
Margalo is the name of the yellow canary in “Stuart Little 2.”
A fun rhyming option for chill canaries and play-it-cool cockatoos.
The adorable Pokémon character is closest to a mouse, but we think his sunny shade lends itself well to yellow birds.
Sweet as can be for yellow-orange birds.
This boy’s name could be a playful reference the sun’s rays.
The exotic spice is known for its rich yellow-orange hue.
The season of sun calls to mind a warm color palette.
The infamous pirate’s name is a great choice for any black-feathered matey.
This English name means “son of the raven.”
Of Latin origin, Corvina means “like a raven.”
With his signature head-to-toe black ensemble, the “Star Wars” villain fits the bill.
If you grew up on ’90s cartoons, you know this superhero duck is all he’s (ahem) quacked up to be.
In “Sleeping Beauty,” Diablo is Maleficent's pet raven.
As a candy, black licorice can be divisive. But as a bird name, we can all agree that it’s super sweet.
An Irish name meaning “blackbird.”
A timely name for birds as dark as the night sky.
In Irish mythology, Morrigan is the goddess of war, and often symbolized by a crow.
An Irish name meaning “dark haired,” Nigel is great for black birds.
The French word for “black” has a certain je ne sais quoi.
The stone’s shiny black color makes this another fitting choice for black birds.
If your pet never strays far from your side, Shadow may be an appropriate name.
Ideal for African greys and other smoke-hued birds.
This English male name means “little star,” and also works as a reference to the color silver.
The unusual English name Twyla means “twilight” or “early evening.”
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An Italian name meaning “white as snow.”
In “Harry Potter,” Brodwin is a snowy owl who belongs to the Prime Minister.
A Greek name meaning “beautiful,” Calla also references a lily, making it especially fitting for a white bird.
The friendly ghost would surely lend his name to fellow white flying creatures.
The Disney heroine is known for her icy-white tresses.
For a festive name, consider a nod to the famous snowman.
Meaning “white hawk,” this preppy Celtic name has a wild side.
This Hebrew name means “dove.”
The white flower is a lovely floral namesake.
The cute confection makes for a fun food namesake.
Meaning “cloud” in Gaelic, Neil also nods to astronaut Neil Armstrong.
In Greek mythology, Nephele was a cloud nymph.
This pretty Spanish name means “white snow.”
In the ballet “Swan Lake,” Odette is a princess who is turned into a white swan.
Known for his goofy charm and love of warm hugs, the Disney snowman is a namesake for all seasons.
A Latin girl’s name meaning “white dove.”
Of Greek origin, Selena is a celestial name meaning “moon.”
Just like snowflakes, every bird is perfectly unique.
In addition to having a fitting name, the Disney princess was a friend to all animals.
A Hebrew girl’s name meaning “dove.”