Interesting Facts about Parrots: The Colorful, Clever and Super Entertaining Birds

Parrots can be really amusing creatures to have in a home. After dogs, cats and fish, birds are America’s fourth favorite pet. An estimated 14 million birds live in captivity across the United States, a great many of them parrots. And no wonder: With their captivating colors, acrobatic antics and often silly personalities, these avian characters are hard to resist.
They’re colorful birds that are found all over the world. They range in weight from less than an ounce to as much as nine pounds. Those that are native to South America, Central America and Mexico are called New World parrots while the ones in Asia, Africa and Australia are Old World parrots and sometimes have powdery feathers. There are more than 300 species in the world today, though sadly, some of them are endangered.
If well trained and looked after, they will live for a very, very long time. They are brilliant at learning things quickly which of course, includes mimicking most noises they hear. A few of the breeds are exceptionally good talkers with the lovely African Grey parrot being the best of them.
The colorful, clever and super entertaining birds are truly an experience to witness and also having as a pet. Parrots are known for their amazing colorful wings, their curved bill, and upright stance and not to forget their talking ability which makes them very dear to humans.
Pet parrots can be incredible if demanding friends, but for people more accustomed to fluffy mammalian companions, they can present some unexpected challenges. The long-lived, intelligent and highly social birds need especially high amounts of attention and enrichment, or else they can pick up bad habits and find themselves bored and stressed to the point where they pluck out their own feathers.
Besides being the experts in picking up different accents, parrots have a lot more other things worth knowing. Here are some interesting facts about these beautiful birds:
1. Dominica has a parrot in their flag. It features their national bird emblem, the Sisserou Parrot, which is endemic to Dominica and is an endangered species.
2. 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 damage cars.
3. Parrot toes are zygodactyl. Like most other birds, parrots have four toes per foot. But instead of the usual three-in-front-one-behind arrangement, parrot toes are configured for maximum grip: two in front and two behind, like two pairs of opposable thumbs.
Combined with beaks that can crack even the world’s toughest nuts, their unique feet make them formidable eaters, not to mention dexterous climbers.
4. Most species of parrots are monogamous (one pair creates a bond that lasts forever). Female lays 2 to 7 eggs that hatch after incubation period of 22 to 30 days. Both parents take care of the chicks. Baby parrots are blind at birth and covered with thin feathers.
After couple of weeks their body is covered with feathers completely and they are able to see, but they stay with their parents for some more time. Young parrots reach sexual maturity at the age of one to four years, depending on the species.
5. Parrots are extremely intelligent animals. African grey parrot, named Alex, managed to learn to count to 6, answer the questions, recognize 7 colors and identify 35 different objects.
6. The Kakapo, which is world’s largest parrot weighs about 9 pounds and grows over 2 feet long but ironically is a flightless bird. It is also the only parrot that is active during the night.

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