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Parrots, Macaws, Parrot and Macaw Pictures, Facts, and Information

Pictures of parrots and other similar colorful birds.

Lifespan: Parrots can live anywhere from 20 to 80 years!

Size & Weight: The largest species of parrot is teh Hyacinth Macaw, which can weigh between 3-4.5 lbs and is about 40 inches long. The smallest species of parrot is the buff-faced pygmy parrot, it weighs less than half an ounce and is smaller than 2 inches long! It's roughly the size of a persons thumb!

Habitat:  Parrots live in tropical and sub tropical climates.

Diet: Their diet primaryily consists of grubs and insects, though they also eat vegetation such as fruit and nuts.

Family Life: Some species of parrot form long term bonds witht heir mates and live alongside them for a long time, while others are more solitary creatures. They live and travel in groups called pandemoniums.

*Fun Facts*

  • Some parrots, such as the African Grey, can learn to mimic words!
  • Parrots can not eat chocoalte. To them, it is poisonous!

Parrots are also known as psittacines and belong to a class of about 372 species that make up the order Psittaciformes. They are typically found in warm and tropical regions and their greatest diversity resides within South America and Australasia. Some traits of parrots include:

  • Strong curved beak
  • Clawed feet with two toes in front and one in the back( zygodactyls)
  • Upright stance
  • Strong legs
  • Bright colors (mostly green)

A parrots diet consists of seeds, fruit, nectar, nuts, buds, and various other vegetation. Some species eat insects.

Parrots prefer to make their nest in an environment that offers them shelter from the elements. Most wild parrots try to find a tree cavity to build a nest in, while parrots in captivity are always provided with nest boxes. If a parrot can’t find a tree with a hollow in it, they will also use the shelter of old palm fronds at the top of palm trees to offer them shelter and a place to build a nest. Some species build their nests out of sticks, and others use termite mounds.