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All About Parrots
I’m not really sure where this saying came from or where it even started. But I do know that seeing a parrot in a cage is nothing like seeing a flock of them flying free in their native lands. There are around 372 different species of parrots on earth and they can be found in most tropical areas.
You have probably seen a parrot or two in your local pet store. The budgie and cockatiel are very common small parrots that are often kept as companion birds. You can also find African Greys, Macaws and Cockatoos in the pet trade as well. These are bigger parrots and require more time and energy to keep them happy and healthy. However, they do have an easier time learning human speech.
Like all birds, the parrot is a strong flyer, but it’s their toes that are different from other species – they have four toes on each foot – two facing backwards and two facing frontwards. This is referred to as zygodactyl. The feet of the parrot are specialized to climb branches and to pluck and eat fruit with. Parrots also have sharp, curved beaks that enable them to crack open nuts and seeds and, if necessary, to defend itself and its nest.
Perhaps one of the most recognized parrot would be the Macaw. This brilliantly colored bird is found in the rainforests of South America. It is one of the bigger parrots measuring in for adults at just over 3 feet in height (1 meter). They come in a number of beautiful colors and are often hunted and poached for the pet trade.
The old saying of, birds of a feather flock together, couldn’t be more true when it comes to the macaw. They have been seen in flocks of up to 30 individuals. If you do decide to rescue a macaw, remember this parrot is well known for its loud raucous call.
Another parrot has the reputation for being a bit of a comic. The Kea parrot can be found on the South island of New Zealand and is also called the New Zealand Mountain parrot. It earned this name for its propensity to seek the higher altitudes of the forest and scrub lands – from 900 to 6,000 feet (300 to 2,000 meters).
At the National Parks in New Zealand the little Kea parrots have been know to put on quite a show. They are playful when they have an audience and will do a funny sideways hop-dance that is always sure to bring some giggles. Plus, this mischievous bird likes to nibble on windshield wipers and fly into open buildings.
If you are thinking of keeping a parrot as a pet, be sure to research the breed before you bring it home. Make sure it is from a reputable breeder and not live caught – these birds are often times frightened of humans and are hard to train and handle. Also be sure to give it plenty of room – the bigger the cage space the better – but make sure the parrot can’t get its head through the bars of the cage.
With plenty of time, attention and love, your parrot will bring you many many years of delight and companionship.
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