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What is the life cycle of a parrot?

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The life cycle of a parrot begins within an existing enclosed space, which is typically located in tree hollows, crevices on the face of cliffs, termite mounds or ground holes. Baby parrots go through five stages of growth to reach juvenile status. Adult parrots can live up to 80 years.

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In the first stage of life, hatchling parrots are completely dependent on their parents for food and shelter. By the time parrots reach the nestling stage, their eyes are open and they are ready to interact with their immediate environment. However, they are still dependent on parents for food. Fledgling parrots are eager to begin flying, but are not yet ready to feed themselves. Parrots in the weaning stage of life learn how to forage for food and feed themselves while continuing to develop essential motor skills. The fifth stage of a parrot's young life is the juvenile stage. This is when parrots gain independence from parents and are able to explore on their own. Juveniles are not ready to breed.

Parrots are sociable birds and often live and forage for food within a large flock. When parrots are mature enough to mate, they typically choose a partner for life. Parrots who are in good health, and have access to safe shelter with plenty of food, can live for decades.

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