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
Some cute names for a parakeet include Moe, Kiwi, Paco and Rio. Ruby, Harley and Smokey are also popular parrot names. Some pet owners like the names Tiki, Sunny, Tweety and Mango.Full Answer >
Baby lovebirds eat seeds, vegetables, fruit and bird pellets. If the baby lovebirds are not weaned, they must be hand-fed with liquid formula that consists of infant formula, papaya and lactobacillus until they reach 7 weeks of age.Full Answer >
The white-eyed conure is a species of green parakeet with a thin white ring around each eye. They live throughout northern South America, in habitats ranging from open savannah to dense rain forest.Full Answer >
At least 50 percent of a Quaker parrot's diet typically includes a pellet-based mix. The rest is supplemented by a variety of seeds and fresh, unseasoned fruits and vegetables. In the wild, the birds usually eat plant buds, fruits and berries.Full Answer >