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Top 30 Amazing Facts About Parrot | Amazing Facts 4U

  1. There are 300 species of parrots in variety of colors and sizes. Some 130 species of parrots have been declared endangered.
  2. Fossils of modern parrots with the same bone structure and appearance as the ones we see today, are about 23 million years old.
  3. Most parrots live in tropical areas. They have curved beaks, strong legs and clawed feet.Parrots are often brightly coloured.
  4. Parrots are divided into groups such as cockatoos, lories, lovebirds, macaws, and parakeets.
  5. Parrots have zygodactylous feet meaning they have 4 toes , two on the front and two on the back of each foot. This helps them grip tree limbs.
  6. Parrots are incredibly intelligent birds. Parrots, when not nesting, live in groups known as flocks.
  7. Larger parrots can live more than 75 years, while smaller ones live up to 15 years only.
  8. Amazing fact is that in many species of parrots, the males and females are identical and blood tests need to be done to tell them apart.
  9. Parrots eat seeds, nuts, fruit, buds and other plant material.Sometimes they will eat insects.
  10. The Parrot is the only bird which can bring food to it’s mouth with it’s foot. While eating, parrots hold their food in one of their feet, which can be either left or right, making parrots left as well as right handed.
  11. Amazingly a parrot’s beak grows continuously and is worn down by eating, chewing wood, and by grinding the top and bottom parts against each other.
  12. Parrots are hole nesters. They build their nests in holes in trees, termite mounts, rock cavities, or ground tunnels.
  13. Only parrots kept as pets mimic people and noises. African gray parrots are the best mimics. Amazingly parrots in the wild don’t mimic.
  14. Parrots have been taught how to read, count, and identify shapes and colors. Amazingly parrots can see ultraviolet light, while humans cannot.
  15. Parrots are the only animals that are capable of mimicking human speech. Some parrots, such as African Greys, talk in context and near perfect human voices.
  16. They are also monogamous, which mean they have only one partner for life.
  17. The world’s heaviest type of parrot is the kakapo, which can weigh up to 4 kg. They are nocturnal searching for food at night. It is endangered species. There are fewer than 150 left.
  18. Amazingly the smallest parrot in the world is the buff-faced pygmy parrot , the little bird only weighs in at just 10 gms and grows to a very small 3 inches.
  19. Amazing thing is that 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.
  20. Amazing fact is that parrots do not have vocal chords. They have amazing control of their trachea and they produce sound by pushing air out of it. They change the pitch by altering the shape and depth of their trachea. When parrots talk, they are actually whistling indifferent ways.
  21. Amazingly wild Macaws and Cockatoos species can fly up to 500 miles in a day, while searching for food.
  22. Chocolate is poisonous for parrots and should not be given.
  23. In comparison to other pets, like cats and dogs, parrots need more love and care. They are not born to live in cages, but they have to!
  24. When caged and neglected for long periods boredom can lead to madness in parrots. The birds need constant interaction, affection, and mental stimulation. A parrot should never be left in a cage alone and with nothing to do.
  25. Although colorful , amazingly parrot eggs are always white.
  26. Parrots typically lay two to eight eggs at one time which need 18 to 30 days of incubation before they can hatch, so the parents take turns sitting on the eggs.
  27. Parrot chicks are blind for the first two weeks of their lives. At three weeks, they start to grow their adult feathers. The chick will not be fully matured for one to four years, depending on its species.
  28. It’s amazing that most parrots sleep standing on one foot.
  29. Amazingly a parrot’s beak can close with a force close to 160 Kg per square inch.
  30. The flag of Dominica features the sisserou parrot.

By Amazing Facts 4U Team

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