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.
Did you know the following interesting facts about parrots? Well, read on then.
Parrots are supposed to be one of the most intelligent birds. And it is not unusual for African Grey Parrot to learn up to 100 words and phrases. They not only speak but associate to situations. Scientists believe they have logic of four year old. Not bad!
2. Use their feet to eat
It’s interesting to know that Parrots have zygodactyl feet, which means they have four toes on each feet, two facing backward and two facing forward. Their feet are somewhat similar to humans hand and hence they use it to pick food and put it in their mouth.
3. Long Living companions
4. They believe in Love forever
Parrots mate for life. In order to find a mate, a male parrot puts up a courtship display and impresses female parrot. And once female chooses the male parrot, they stay together forever. They are monogamous. How Romantic!
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5. Dominica Flag has Parrot
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.
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6. Who needs a nest?
Another interesting fact about Parrots is that while most birds build up nest to live and lay their eggs, but not parrots. Mostly all kinds of parrots find some convenient abandoned space like a hole in a tree, cavities in the cliff or termite mounds which is good enough for them.
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7. Parrots can feel the greatest joy, the music
Start up some peppy song and parrots would enjoy with you. Parrots are among very few animals who can feel the music. They can feel and understand the beat of the music and move with it. They like to move it! move it!
9. Parrots like their company
10. Cockatoo has moving feathers on head
11. No to chocolates
Parrots cannot eat chocolates. It is very poisonous for their body. Well, we are glad to know we don’t have to share. Lol!
12. Don’t have Vocal chords
Even though talking is one of the main characteristics of parrots, they actually don’t possess vocal chords. They “trumpet” the sound by pushing air out of their trachea. They don’t actually talk but make variations on whistling.
13. The world largest parrot cannot fly
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 night.
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14. Same but different
15. Lay white eggs
16. Great mimics