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).
Parrots are the only birds, which are able to eat holding food in their paws.
Some species can live up to 80 years. Ara is the most long living type of a parrot.
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.
Parrots find a pair for the whole lifetime. Interestingly to know that even when the mating season is over, female and male animals stay together. They are helpful in food search, show care and sleep be their pair`s side.
People keep parrots at home for 3000 years now. The Egyptians were the first ones who domesticized a parrot, then those were Indians and then Chinese. Such famous historical personalities as Marco Polo, Aristotle, Theodore Roosevelt, Isabella Queen and Marta Washington had parrots.
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!
The biggest parrot in the whole world is unable to fly. Kakapo, whose weight is up to 4 kg, is the biggest bird and the one who are unable to fly. Kakapo is also quite a unique parrot, which is active at nighttime.
Kea or mountain parrot (mountain kaka) is one-of-a-kind just as well! While majority of parrots live someplace warm, a cold mountain climate is a kea`s areole. Thick feathers and a round body make it to where they keep warmth inside.
Do not take a parrot with behavioral problems, unless you have taken special courses or preparation for how to deal with such problems. Parrots who have been rescued from certain situations or parrots at the age who changed their house have such problems. * NEVER rescue a parrot from a pet store with terrible conditions! Buying a parrot there, you financially support them, which ensures that they will continue to buy and torture birds, keeping them in terrible conditions. Report the store to the appropriate local authorities and boycott it.
Do not buy very tiny birdies. Feeding from the hand of such a birdie requires VERY specific skills, and you can seriously harm or even kill the baby by improper feeding. A parrot will not be more attached to you just because you fed it from a hand in childhood! If you are not an expert, then wait until they grow enough to take them home.
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