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Parrots are found in most tropical and subtropical regions. They have a pantropical distribution, and you will find several species living both in tropical and temperate regions. You will find the broadest range of parrots in South America and Australasia.

A parrot is characterized by a strong, curved bill, strong legs, an upright posture and clawed zygodactyl feet. Parrots are colorful and vibrant in general. Parrots love to feast on seeds, nuts, buds, and fruits. They are extremely intelligent birds, which makes them a popular choice as pets for humans.

The Parrot Bird Family

Ther term, parrot, is used to refer to members of the bird family, Psittacidae. It also refers to a member of the larger bird order named Psittaciformes. This order can be divided into three superfamilies: 

  1. Psittacoidea ("true" parrots): The family Psittacidae can be divided into the subfamilies, Psittacinae and Arinae. The family Psittaculidae is made up of multiple subfamilies and tribes.
  2. Cacatuoidea (cockatoos): The family Cacatuidae can be subdivided into the Nymphicinae, Calyptorhynchinae, and Cacatuinae.
  3. Strigopoidea (New Zealand parrots): They can be divided into two families- Family Nestoridae and Family Strigopidae.

The order, Psittaciformes is made up of around 393 species belonging to 92 genera.

Fun Facts about Parrots

There are many characteristics of parrots that are fascinating:

  • A large number of parrots can imitate sounds of both other animals and even humans. African grey parrots, Amazon parrots, macaws, and parakeets are excellent at imitating sounds.
  • Parrots are brilliant. Not only can they pick up words, but they can also associate them with different objects and situations. They also have a problem-solving faculty.
  • Parrots can easy with their feet because of the zygodactyl form, which allows them to grip the item firmly. They are the only birds to be able to do so.
  • The lifespan of parrots tend to vary from species to species, but some parrots have been known to live longer than 80 years.
  • A large number of parrots bond and mate for life. They spend most of their time together.

Parrots as Pets

Parrots have been kept as pets for hundreds of decades now. Surprisingly, they do not have all the characteristics of a perfect pet but humans still take to them because of their intelligence. Parrots have natural wild instincts, which can be a problem in a domestic environment. They tend to be very affectionate while growing up but develop aggressive tendencies if not treated properly.

Pet parrots can be kept out on a stand if they are tame enough. Parrot owners love to teach their parrots specific words and associations.

Threats to Survival

Like all other birds, parrots are the risk of extinction, especially the more species of parrots which can be found in very limited areas. Their large body size and dependency on forest habitats puts them at risk of both being hunted down by human hunters and affected by deforestation. Primary forest destruction reduces the number of nesting sites and hinders the reproductive success.

Some hunters trap wild parrots and sell them illegally in the pet trade too!

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