70 Amazing Facts About Parrots

Parrots, also known as psittacines are birds of the roughly 398 species in 92 genera comprising the order Psittaciformes, found mostly in tropical and subtropical regions. The order is subdivided into three superfamilies: the Psittacoidea ("true" parrots), the Cacatuoidea (cockatoos), and the Strigopoidea (New Zealand parrots). One-third of all parrot species are threatened by extinction, with a higher aggregate extinction risk (IUCN Red List Index) than any other comparable bird group. Parrots have a generally pantropical distribution with several species inhabiting temperate regions in the Southern Hemisphere, as well. The greatest diversity of parrots in South America and Australasia.

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70 Amazing Facts About Parrots

  • There are around 372 different parrot species.
  • Most parrots live in tropical areas.
  • Many parrots can imitate sounds.
  • Keas are large, intelligent parrots that live in alpine areas of New Zealand’s South Island. They are the world’s only alpine parrot and are known for their curious and sometimes cheeky behavior near ski fields where they like to investigate bags, steal small items, and damaged cars.
  • Kakapos are critically endangered flightless parrots, as of 2010 only around 130 are known to exist. They are active at night (nocturnal) and feed on a range of seeds, fruit, plants, and pollen. Kakapos are also the world’s heaviest parrot.
  • The flag of Dominica features the sisserou parrot.
  • As a result of experimenting, scientists have discerned that parrots have the logic of a four-year-old. They can use tools and solve problems!
  • Parrots are the only bird that can eat with their feet, which are zygodactyl. This means they have four “toes” on each “foot” – two facing forward, and two facing backward.
  • Parrots have impressively strong beaks. Some, like the Hyacinth Macaw, have the ability to crack macadamia nuts or even coconut.
  • Depending on the species, parrots sizes range from 3 to 40 inches in length. The smallest species of parrot is the buff-faced pygmy which is only 3 inches long.
  • Contrary to popular belief, parrots don’t talk with vocal cords, because they don’t have any! Instead, they talk by controlling the muscles in their throat and directing airflow in a certain way that mimics different tones and sounds.
  • Most parrots are found in tropical and subtropical regions, such as Australia, Asia, Central, and South America, and Africa.
  • There is only one alpine parrot in the world – the kea parrot. Because of its thick feathers and rounded body that conserves body heat, the kea lives in cold environments, specifically high in the mountains.
  • In homes, parrots can copy the sounds of a phone ringing, a vacuum cleaner humming, water running, the doorbell chiming, and other sounds. Of course, they can imitate human speech, too. They do this because they think these sounds are made by their flock and, therefore, they have to learn them.
  • Parrots are definitely among the most colorful birds out there.
  • Known for their ability to talk back and sit on pirate’s shoulders, there’s a huge variety of these intelligent birds, which also means there’s a lot to learn about them!
  • So check out these top 30 colorful facts about parrots!
  • Most parrots are known for being extremely intelligent – one species, in particular, the Goffin cockatoo, and solve complex mechanical puzzles.
  • Out of all these types, there is only one that can’t fly, called the Kakapo parrot.
  • The Kakapo parrot is also the world’s largest parrot, as well as on of the longest living birds on the planet with an average lifespan of 95 years.
  • Sadly, the Kakapo is also critically endangered – as of 2018, there are only 149 alive.
  • If you want to refer to a large group of these birds, the proper term is a pandemonium of parrots!
  • Parrots such as the budgerigar (budgie) and cockatiel are popular as pets.
  • Some parrot species can live for over 80 years.
  • There are 21 different species of cockatoo.
  • Cockatoos usually have black, grey, or white plumage (feathers).
  • New Zealand is home to some very unique parrots including the kea, kaka, and kakapo.
  • One of the reasons that parrots make good pets is because they can imitate sounds. In the wild, they imitate the calls of other members of their flock, which allows them to communicate about important things such as food and the presence of danger. Indeed, unlike other birds which know their calls without being taught, parrots know by learning and learn by imitation. They also imitate the calls of other animals which serves as a defense against predators. For example, if a snake is approaching, they can imitate the call of a hawk, scaring the snake away.
  • There is a death metal band called Hatebeak who’s lead and the only vocalist is a gray parrot named Waldo.
  • One of the most elusive and perplexing birds in the world is the Australian Night Parrot – there were only 3 confirmed sightings in over one century.
  • In the late 1800s, there was a Scotch Whiskey company that trained 500 gray parrots to repeat certain marketing slogans. They then distributed them out for free to various pubs and grocers.
  • In Saint Paul, Minnesota, there is a Parrot adoption and rescue where parrots are taught to paint and the art is sold to raise money for the sanctuary.
  • In India, it is illegal to keep parrots at home.
  • Parrots have curved bills (beaks), strong legs, and clawed feet.
  • Parrots are often brightly colored.
  • Parrots are believed to be one of the most intelligent bird species.
  • Some species are known for imitating human voices.
  • Most parrot species rely on seeds as food. Others may eat fruit, nectar, flowers or small insects.
  • It is estimated that there are about 550 wild parrots living in New York City, especially in Queens and Brooklyn. No one is one hundred percent sure how they got there, but we know it definitely was not by natural migration. The most accepted theory is that they escaped from a shipment headed to JFK Airport.
  • Pirates and parrots are associated with each other because of the classic novel “Treasure Island” in which Long John Silver has a talking green parrot that is named Captain Flint.
  • It’s difficult to give an average lifespan of a parrot because every species is vastly different. On the short side, Parakeets live 7-18 years, while African Gray’s can live 50-60 years!
  • Among parrots, the largest wingspan belongs to the Hyacinth Macaw with a wingspan of nearly 5 feet (1.5m) which makes them wider than they are tall, which is nearly 4 feet (1.2m) from head to toe.
  • Parrots are social creatures that live in groups of about 20 to 30 birds.
  • The main predators of parrots are snakes, birds of prey, monkeys, and humans.

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