Excited to get a parrot for pet? Know these parrot facts first and become acquainted with these feathered friends. It’s better to get to know these birds first so that you would understand their behavior and know how to care for them better. Below are some parrot facts for those who want to begin their journey with parrots as their companion household pet.
Interesting Parrot Facts You Need to Know
1. There are more than 300 parrot species all over the world in which most of them come from Tropical regions. Different parrot species include Amazons, cockatoos, lorikeets, lovebirds, Macaws, and more. Almost 40% of the parrot species are endangered these days due to illegal pet trade, poaching and trapping, and mostly, the destruction of their natural habitat.
2. All parrots have curved bills. Some species of parrots are named after the color of their bills such as the Yellow-billed Amazon and the Black-billed Amazon.
3. All parrots are zygodactyls, meaning they have four toes on each foot wherein the two of them face forward and the other two facing backward.
4. One of the most known parrot facts is that parrots are the only specie of birds that can pick up food using their feet and put them in their mouths to eat.
5. The most number of species of parrots are found in Australia, and Central and South America.
6. Parrots are known to be intelligent creatures that make them a popular companion pets. They are also fun, musical, charming, and colorful.
7. Some species of parrots can copy human sounds and even human speech!
8. The most popular parrot specie that can imitate human voices and speech is the African Grey parrot. This specie is also one of the most intelligent parrot species. As a matter of fact, in 1977, Dr. Pepperberg, who is a lecturer in Harvard University in Cambridge was able to train her African Grey, Alex. The parrot knows how to count from 1 to 6, can recognize 7 different colors, and can remember and identify 35 different objects.
9. Parrots are known to have longer life span compared to other bird species. Some species of parrots could live up to 80 years.
10. The smallest parrot is the buff-faced pygmy which can fit on the palm of your hand. It is only 3 inches in length and 0.4 ounce heavy.
11. The largest parrot is the Kakapo, which weighs up to 9 lbs.
12. To communicate with other parrot species, they create loud, screeching noise and sometimes use body language.
13. In the wild, the main predator of small to medium sized parrots is the snakes and monkeys, while the large ones are the bird of prey. In captivity or at home, their predators are ants and cockroaches.
14. Many species of parrots are loyal to their partners and their relationship lasts their lifetime.
15. Parrots have three types of feathers—the (1) down feathers which helps regulate their body temperature, (2) contour feathers which are very smooth and helps them to fly easily and soar through the air, and (3) the flight and tail feathers which helps move them in the air so that they can flap their wings conveniently and fly.
16. Many bird experts believe that parrots are as smart as chimpanzees and dolphins.
17. In the wild, parrots build their nest in tree cavities and tree holes. They also sometimes build nest in ground tunnels.
18. Most parrot species live in semi tropical to tropical places like the South America, Central America, Africa, Asia, India, Australia, and New Zealand.
19. Parrot’s beak is not as hard as you think. In fact, their beaks have the same texture of human nails but the bones inside makes the beak stronger. Their beaks never stop from growing that is why most parrots are heavy chewers as this is one of their ways to control overgrowth of their beak.
20.Here’s one of the important parrot facts you should know– not all parrots are ideal for beginners. Some would require intermediate to advance knowledge in pet birds. If you are new in pet bird care and would choose parrot as your initial pet bird, the most ideal species are the budgies and cockatiels.