Parrots are exceptional and not ordinary birds. They have lots of potential to become true companions.
Parrots can talk to express their feelings just like humans. All these qualities make them appealing to them as pets. If you are planning to keep parrots as pets, you need to know upfront that they require more than just a cage. These birds require proper care, attention and lots of love to live happy.
All parrots have curved beaks and all are zygodactyls, meaning they have four toes on each foot. Two point forward and two project backward.
Most parrots eat fruit, flowers, buds, nuts, seeds, and some small creatures such as insects. They often use their bills for climbing by gripping or hooking on branches and other supports. On the ground parrots often walk with a rolling gait.
Almost all wildlife parrots nest in tree hollows, and lay white eggs from which hatch helpless young.
Parrots are found in warm climates all over most of the world. The most exist in Australasia, Central America, and South America.
The Parrot can range in size from the Buff-faced Pygmy Parrot under 0.4 oz in weight and 3.1 in in length, to the Hyacinth Macaw, at 3.3 ft in length.
Many parrots are kept as pets, especially macaws, Amazon parrots, cockatiels, parakeets, and cockatoos. These birds have been popular companions throughout history because they are intelligent, colorful, and musical. Some birdscan imitate many sounds, including human speech.
Although there are a few exceptions, parrots are monogamous breeders which nest in cavities and has no territories other than their nesting sites. The bonds of the parrots and cockatoos are strong and a pair will remain close even during the non-breeding season, even if they join larger flocks. As with many birds, pair bond formation is preceded by courtship display, usually undertaken by the male. This includes a slow deliberate steps known as a “parade” and the “eye-blaze”, where the pupil of the eye constricts to reveal the edge of the iris.
The young spend anything from three weeks to four months in the nest, depending on species, and may receive parental care for several months thereafter.
In captivity they can live as long as 35 years, although this rare. Even 25 years is old. In the wild their lives are shorter, 12 or 15 years is doing well.