8 Facts About Parrots

There are many types of parrots existing in nature but all of them have a row of distinguishing features. For example, just so a bird was classified as a parrot, it should have its neb bulged and four toes on each paw (two of them looking ahead, while the other two looking behind).

  1. Parrots are the only birds, which are able to eat holding food in their paws.

  2. Some species can live up to 80 years. Ara is the most long living type of a parrot.

  3. A parrot has a very strong neb. As a matter of fact, a neb of Hyacinth Macaw, the biggest flying parrot in the whole world, is able to crack a shell of Brazil nut. Its shell is considered to be the strongest one.

  4. Parrots find a pair for the whole lifetime. Interestingly to know that even when the breeding season is over, female and male animals stay together. They help each other to find food, show care and sleep together.

  5. People have parrots as their pets for 3000 years now. The Egyptians were the first ones who domesticized a parrot, then Indians and Chinese. Such famous historical personalities as Marco Polo, Isabella Queen, Aristotle, Theodore Roosevelt and Marta Washington kept parrots in possession.

  6. White Cockatoo parrots unlike their fellow creatures, cannot boast with a vivid coat pattern due to no pigment. Although, they can move with a pileate on their heads!

  7. The biggest parrot in the whole world is unable to fly. Kakapo, whose weight is up to 4 kg, is the biggest parrot and the one who cannot fly. Kakapo is also a unique parrot, it is active at night time.

  8. Kea or mountain parrot (mountain kaka) is unique just as well! While majority of parrots live in warm places, a cold mountain climate is a kea`s areole. Thick feathers and a round body make it to where they keep warmth inside.

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