A parrot talks by controlling the muscles in its throat and redirecting the airflow from its lungs in order to create tones, whistles and human sounds. Parrots are natural-born imitators, which allows them to mimic specific words and sounds they pick up in their environment. Parrots do not have vocal cords.Know More
In the wild, many parrot species imitate the calls of their fellow birds. When parrots are kept as pets, they instinctively imitate the sounds of their owners. An interesting fact surrounding pet parrots is that they also pick up the dialects of their owners and can speak in specific accents. Parrots tend to imitate sounds and words that catch their attention. Shouting at a misbehaving parrot is not recommended, due to the fact that louder tones and sounds are easy for parrots to interpret and imitate.
The male budgie is known as the most talkative parakeet. Female budgies do not speak, but male budgies talk extremely fast and pick up on their owners' voices as well as voices and sounds that emit from televisions and radios. In addition to parrots, mynah birds and mockingbirds also imitate calls of their fellow birds and sounds they pick up in the wild.Learn more about Parrots
There are over 350 species of parrots worldwide, and macaws, parakeets, cockatoos, Amazon parrots and lovebirds belong to this group. These omnivores stand out from other bird groups because of their rich colors, with the exception of species such as cockatoos. Weighing between 2.5 ounces and 3.5 pounds, their size ranges from 3.5 inches to 40 inches, and wild parrots have an average life span of up to 80 years.Full Answer >
A parrot's lifespan ranges from 5 to 100 years, depending on the specific species and environment. Amazon parrots have an average lifespan of 50 to 70 years. Cockatiels, canaries and parakeets tend to have shorter lifespans that range between 15 and 20 years.Full Answer >
Parrots eat seeds, pellets, fruits, vegetables, brown rice, wheat bread and peanuts. Parrots should not eat chocolate, avocado and rhubarb. Parrots are lactose intolerant, so they should not have any dairy products.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 >