Parrots are exotic birds that are distinguished by bright plumage and sociability. Many birds are well trained. As a result, they can perform any tricks, speak and even sing. It is believed that parrots can live 100 years. This is actually not the case. In this article, we will reveal interesting facts about parrots and dispel the most common myths about these birds
Parrots belong to the Psitaciformes family, which include more than 350 species of birds, including:
- Nymph Cockatoos
There are many types of parrots, but they all have some things in common, including a curved beak and zygodactilla legs, which means they have four fingers on each leg, two of which point forward, and two back.
16 Fascinating Facts About Parrots
1. Males and females of most parrot species look exactly the same
To determine the sex of most parrot species, an expert eye is needed - and often a laboratory test. An exception to the rule are the males and females of the eclect parrots of the Solomon Islands, which look so different that for many years it was believed that they were different species of birds!
The males are a live emerald green with a fire-colored beak; The females are crimson and royal blue, with black beaks and bright scarlet heads.
2. A Third of the World Parrot Population Is Threatened
Habitat destruction and illegal hunting for the pet trade have placed many parrots on the Red List of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) of Endangered Species.
In fact, a recent study reported that logging has reduced 99% of the population of African gray parrots in Ghana. one
Among the most threatened parrots are the Kakapu, which have less than 150 specimens in existence, and the orange-bellied parrot of Australia, with less than 50 specimens in existence.
3. Larger Parrot Species Can Weigh As Much as a Domestic Cat
Parrots come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. There is the very small microloro pusio , which weighs only one ounce and is the size of an adult human's finger.
To the opposite end of the spectrum is the beautiful hyacinth macaw, which is the longest parrot in the world with almost 3.5 feet from the beak to the tail.
And then there is the big and loud kakapu , a New Zealand parrot that doesn't fly. Adult male kakapu can weigh up to 9 pounds - the average weight of an adult cat.
4. Parrot Feathers Contain Natural Antibacterial pigments
The brightly colorful feathers of parrots are equipped with bacteria-resistant pigments called psittacofulvin. They are pigments produced only by parrots, they give the feathers their colorful tones.
Even better, when exposed to harmful bacteria, pigments help prevent the degradation of feathers.
5. The Cockatoo Enlutada is the "Panda of the Parrots"
This beautiful bird is native to the rainforests of the South Pacific, and has real problems to reproduce. Both captive canned cockatoos and wild couples have trouble raising their chicks successfully.
Experts are not sure of the reason why this parrot species has reproductive difficulties; However, this may be related to your photosensitive skin, which reacts to natural sunlight.
6. Many parrots are long-lived
The largest species of parrots, for example, macaws and cockatoos, usually live 35 to 50 years. An African gray parrot named Tarbu lived up to 55 years, and currently the oldest living parrot is a flag beetle called Cookie, which lives at the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago. Cookie is 82 years old!
7. Not All Parrots Prefer Tropical Places
The vast majority of parrot species live in tropical and subtropical regions in Central and South America, Africa, Asia and Australia. However, the threatened eastern mountain parrot lives high in the Sierra Madre Oriental Mountains of Mexico.
And the New Zealand Keas parrots live in the Alpine regions and nest in holes in the ground.
8. Parrots Are Social Creatures
Most parrots like company and live in flocks. In fact, African gray parrots are known to live in flocks of 20 to 30 birds. Many species of parrots mate for life, and the mated couple works as a team to raise their young.
The parrots communicate with others in the flock through vocalizations and by shaking the tail feathers.
9. Parrots usually lay between 2 to 8 eggs at a time
The eggs are incubated for 18 to 30 days, while the parents take turns incubating them.
Parrot chicks are born only with a thin layer of thin feathers called down. The chicks are blind in the first two weeks of their lives. At 3 weeks, adult feathers begin to come out. The chicks do not reach full maturity until they are between 1 and 4 years old, depending on the species.
10. Parrots are the only birds that can eat using their legs
Most species of parrots are able to use their legs to bring food to their mouths , much like the way humans use their hands.
Even a study about Australian parrots showed that birds had a definite "left-handed" or "right-handed" preference when it came to collecting food! two
Many parrots are omnivorous and eat anything from seeds and nuts, to insects and meat. Believe it or not, really, New Zealand Keas parrots were observed attacking and killing sheep in the mid-19th century!
11. Parrots have a great sense of rhythm
They definitely feel the rhythm, and not at all thoughtlessly move to the music. If you change the composition, then the pace of the bird will change.
12. Parrots are omnivorous
It is commonly thought that parrots are herbivores , that feed on seeds or fruits, but in fact they can eat a wide variety of foods, including, of course, cookies. In their natural habitat parrots can also hunt insects and even meat if offered in captivity (I have seen parrots that are fed with chicken). But this is within the responsibility of each owner. If you have parrots as pets, I recommend that you feed it only with seeds and fruit.
13. Parrots have zygotactile legs
It looks like the name of the flying dinosaur, but this characteristic applies to those bird species with four fingers , two forward and two back. They are arboreal , climb on trunks and roam branches. They can be some owls, toucans, woodpeckers and of course parrots. That is why it is recommended to have a trunks or a stick inside the cage of our parrot. He would not feel at ease on the flat surface of the cage.
14. Parrots don't make nests
We know that many birds gather branches and leaves to form their nest, but when the parrots want to nest they do not go gathering. Only an empty surface is enough for them. It is common to see them nest in holes in trees and even on the walls of cliffs. Other very strange places where they have been seen to nest are in holes dug by other animals and in termite mounds .
15. Why do parrots mimic?
The parrots live in flocks where each one has a different song, as are so many parrots, they imitate the song to get the attention of an individual within the group and communicate with him. Parrots that are domesticated mimic human sounds as a way of communicating and socializing. They can also mimic the sounds of other animals, such as dogs, cats and even chickens.
16. Parrots are monogamous for life
Well, some species are not, but the vast majority form couples that last a lifetime. The opposite would be believed since parrots live in large flocks and there are large numbers of females and males with reproductive capacity. But once the female and the male forge a bond and procreate, they remain together for life. To keep that union firm, it is common to see couples grooming each other.
Parrots are fascinating birds and wonderful pets, but that is also why we humans have put them in danger of extinction. The black market of exotic animals has helped a lot, but also the great deforestation of the jungles, which has led to the imminent disappearance of these beautiful birds.
That is why we must support all associations that protect not only parrots, but many other animals in danger. You also have to avoid buying exotic birds illegally.
What other interesting things do you know about parrots?
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