Parrots are colorful birds that are found all over the world. They were first kept as pets by ancient Egyptians and then by the Indians and Chinese. They were brought to Europe in 300 BC, where they were kept by the rich and nobility. Some famous people that have owned parrots include Aristotle, Marie Antoinette, Queen Victoria, Teddy Roosevelt and Steven Spielberg. Today, parrots remain the most popular pet birds in the world.
Interesting Parrot Facts
Parrot Intelligence – Parrots are great learners and among the most intelligent birds in the world. They can speak words and associate them with objects or situations. They can also learn to use tools in order to solve problems and can be playful too. It’s a sign of intelligence.
Parrots Eat with Feet – Parrots are the only birds that can eat with their feet. They have zygodactyl feet which means they have four toes on each foot, two facing forward and two facing backward. Their feet are also very strong, which allows them to cling to branches for long periods of time and even hang upside down. Their feet are much like human hands that they use to pick up food and bring it to their mouths. Another interesting fact, they prefer to use one foot over the other the same way humans are left-handed or right-handed.
Parrot Beaks – Their top beak is larger than the lower one and is very strong. Some parrots have beaks strong enough to crack open macadamia nuts, considered the toughest nuts to crack. Handle parrots with care unless you want a bite that can hurt.
Parrots Mate for Life – A cute fact about parrots is that after a male parrot puts on a mating act and a female chooses him, they will mate for life. They will help each look for food, protect each other, sleep together and groom each other, all to strengthen their bond.
If you’re thinking about getting a parrot as a pet keep in mind that they can live for over 80 years. Which means they can outlive you! Small parrots usually live 15-20 years, medium-sized parrots 25-30 years and large parrots 60-100 years. There is a macaw named Charlie that is believed to be more than 100 years old! Parrots also need a lot of affection and stimulation. If you don’t train them correctly you will have a noisy bird that will chew excessively and bite. Parrots can make great pets because they can imitate sounds. In the wild they do it to communicate with their flock and imitate the sounds of other animals to defend themselves. In the home they can imitate the sound of water running, the vacuum cleaner humming, a phone ringing and the chime of the doorbell, to name a few. They will also imitate human speech.
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