If you’ve been concentrating on the big hunter pet news from Cataclysm – like beetles and brain bugs and spirit beasts – you may have missed one of the smaller additions to our potential pets.
Well, if you can call seven (!) new looks a smaller addition …
I’m talking about parrots.
Right now on the live realms, the only parrot we can tame is Aotona, a level 75 rare elite in Sholazar Basin with lovely blue and purple feathers.
But there are a total of nine different parrot looks in WoW (including Aotona), and in Cataclysm hunters will be able to tame eight of ‘em. (All we’re missing is the plain brown parrot.)
And none of them are going to be nearly as annoying as Aotona to find and tame.
Parrots are classified as Birds of Prey. They are Cunning pets with the special ability Snatch, a 10 second disarm with a 1 minute cooldown.
The image to the upper right shows the seven new parrots all together, or you can follow the links below to larger images.
Hunters of 42+ can find a gorgeous dark red Monstrous Macaw and a truly brilliant yellow and green Brilliant Clayscraper in Thousand Needles. Both fly around the pirate settlement to the east of the Salt Flats are are quite easy to find.
But Deadmines is the real treasure house for parrots. Get your level 14+ hunter to the final room of the Deadmines and you may find:
- Monstrous Parrot – a classic red macaw
- Albino Eyegouger – a rare sulfur-crested cockatoo
- Ol’ Beaky the African Grey
- Brilliant Macaw – a weird white and purple cockatoo
- Sunwing Squawker – which looks a bit like an orange and green conure (and which I’ve just noticed I mis-spelled on Petopia)
So far as I know, none of these parrots are elite, and the only rare is the Albino Eyegouger. The Deadmines parrots can also be found in the level 85 Heroic version of the dungeon.