Parrots live in just about all of the tropical climate zones around the world, showing up in Central and South America, southern Africa, south Asia and Australia. There are more than 350 different species that fit under the parrot classification, such as lorikeets, cockatoos, lovebirds and macaws, all of which are part of the parrot family.Know More
Several features are common to all parrots, such as curvy beaks and four-toed feet, two pointing to the front and two toward the back. The vast majority of parrots eat nuts, buds, seeds, flowers and fruit as well as insects and other small creatures.
Parrots have long been popular companion pets because of their colorful beauty, charisma, intelligence and musical ability. Many parrots have the ability to imitate sounds that come from sources other than birds, including human speech. Of all the parrots, the male African gray (Psittacus erithacus) is the most adept at sounding like a person talking.
In spite of the number of parrot species, they are considered endangered, and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species prohibits selling any parrots that one catches in the wild. However, their popularity means that there is still a great deal of illegal trade occurring.Learn more about Parrots
Macaws typically live in Central and South America in the rainforest. The largest of all parrots, macaws are listed as endangered because their numbers have been steadily declining due to the destruction of the rainforests.Full Answer >
Parrots in the rain forest eat fruit, nuts, seeds, grains, leaves and insects. The large, hard, hooked bills of parrots allow them to crack open especially tough nuts and seeds.Full Answer >
Parrots may live anywhere from six to eight years to more than 80 years, depending on the species. Larger birds tend to live longer than smaller parrots.Full Answer >
Parrots are small- to medium-sized birds native to the rain-forested areas of the Southern Hemisphere. Parrots' natural enemies include snakes, such as pythons and boa constrictors, eagles, hawks, owls and monkeys, who primarily prey on the parrots' eggs and chicks. Due to their size, intimidating brightly-colored plumage, large, sharp beak and claws, adult parrots are not easy prey, falling only to the largest of predatory birds and humans.Full Answer >