We’ve already discussed some cute facts about cats and dogs, but many people also have a parrot as a companion, so today, we’re going to talk about some interesting and little-known facts about parrots.
1. Parrots live in flocks in the wild and, as anyone who lives with a parrot is sure to know, they are very social. Parrots mate for life and both parents help to raise the chicks.
2. The hyacinth macaw is the largest parrot in the world. Measuring from the tip of their beak to the tip of their tail, most measure about 3.5 feet long.
3. Parrots don’t have vocal chords, which means that the sounds they make aren’t talking in the same way that we do. Instead, their communication is most like whistling. They push air up directly from their lungs in different pitches to imitate the sounds of human words.
4. Parrots use tools and have the intelligence of about a five-year-old human. In the wild, some parrots have been observed using fruit pits or small stones to break sea shells into a powder, which they then eat for calcium.
5. Parrots can eat with their feet, unlike other species of birds. They also exhibit a footed-ness, like humans are right-handed or left-handed.
6. The record-holder for the parrot with the largest vocabulary is Puck who, in 1995, had a vocabulary of 1,728 words and is recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records.
7. Studying parrots’ flight patterns and migration is difficult because the parrots can remove any bands or tracking devices from their bodies very easily.
8. Parrots don’t build nests to lay their eggs in. Instead, the couple will seek out a nature crevice, like a hole in a tree, to raise their chicks in. They even sometimes choose to live in abandoned termite mounds.
9. Most parrot species don’t exhibit sexual dimorphism, meaning that the males look different from the females. However, one species of parrot, the Solomen Island eclectus, are so different that they look like different species. Males are bright green and females are dark red.
10. Parrots are good dancers. They can recognize the beat and rhythm of the music and move along in time to it.
11. There are about 500 wild parrots who live in New York City, most of them in Brooklyn, and nobody is entirely sure how they got there.
12. One parrot rescue sanctuary in Minnesota, the Midwest Avian Adoption and Rescue Services, teach their parrots to paint and sell their artwork to raise money for the shelter. You can see their website here.
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