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Fun Parrot Facts

parrots_and_hand2Vivid, colorful and smart birds, parrots are native to countries in the Southern hemisphere. There are more than 300 species of parrots with a great diversity in color and size. They are a common household pet because of their bright plumage and musical abilities. Some parrots can even mimic human speech.

Macaws, Amazon parrots, cockatiels, parakeets, and cockatoos are the most popular pet parrots. Parrots range in length from 3.5 in (8.7cm) to 40 in (100 cm). They are omnivores and eat a variety of fruit, nuts, seeds as well as insects. Parrots can live up to 80 years in the wild.

All parrots are zygodactyls, meaning they have four toes on each foot, two pointing forward and two projecting backward. They also have a strong, curved beak which some use to search for grubs. Their sharp claws help them climb and perch on trees.

Other facts about parrots

Cockatoo species have a crest of feathers on the top of their heads that can be raised for display, and retracted.

Most parrots are social birds living in flocks. They communicate through a series of loud screeching and squawking sounds.

While some parrots build regular nests, most build their homes in holes in trees, rock cavities, ground tunnels and even in termite mounds.

Parrots have been kept as pets for decades. Famous historical figures, such as Winston Churchill and King Henry VIII were parrot owners.

Only parrots will mimic people and noises they hear. The African gray parrots are the best imitators of human speech.

In studies, African Grey Parrots have also been known to count, identify objects and even string together short sentences to answer complex questions.

As Published on Live Science.com

Ann
FunTime Birdy

Fun Facts about Parrots

Fun Facts about Parrots

Fun Facts about Parrots

Parrots are some of the most fascinating creatures on earth. They thrive in the wild—living in forests and jungles– but can also adapt beautifully to life in captivity where they bond with their human owners. To help you get better acquainted with these amazing creatures, here are a few fun parrot facts:

•    There are 350 parrot species in the world. These birds come in almost every color, size and shape imaginable. Some are docile and mild-mannered; others are outgoing and aggressive.

•    Parrots have zygodactylous feet. This means they have 4 toes—two on the front and two on the back of each foot. This helps them grip tree limbs or their bird perch with ease.

•    Parrots come in a variety of sizes—some are as small as 3.6 inches in length—others are 40 inches long.

•    Some large breeds can live 50 or more years. Amazon parrots can live up to 80 years old. If you do purchase a breed that has the potential to live 50 or more years, you will need to make sure someone is willing to take care of your feathered friend once you pass on.

•    The tongue of a lorikeet looks like a brush. This enables them to eat nectar.

•    Parrots are among the top ten most intelligent species. That’s right—these clever creatures have learned how to read, talk, count and recognize various shapes. To stimulate your parrot’s inner genius, purchase plenty of colorful bird toys, talk to your parrot regularly and teach him tricks.

•    You can tell how old a macaw parrot is by looking at his eyes. Younger birds have black eyes, while older macaws have yellow eyes.

•    Wild cockatoos and macaws fly long distances in search for food—up to 500 miles per day. These birds have lots of stamina.

•    Some parrots are so loud, they can be heard for up to a mile. So be careful which breed you choose!! You wouldn’t want to deafen your neighbors or yourself!!

Ann
FunTime Birdy