Parrot Facts



  • Parrots are colorful birds with curved bills for eating fruits and seeds and for cracking nuts. They are very noisy birds and they live mostly in tropical rainforests.
  • Parrots have feet with two toes pointing forwards and two backwards, allowing them to grip branches and hold food.
  • There are 330 or so parrot species divided into three main groups — true parrots, cockatoos and lories.
  • Half of all parrot species, including macaws, green Amazon parrots and parakeets, live in Latin America.
  • Australia and New Guinea are home to a group of parrots called cockatoos (which are white with feathered crests on their heads), as well as to lories and lorikeets. Birds
  • The hanging parrots of Southeast Asia get their name because they sleep upside down like bats. The pink cockatoo’s headcrest displays bands of scarlet and yellow when spread
  • The kea of New Zealand is a parrot that eats meat as well as fruit. It was once wrongly thought to be a sheep killer.
  • Parrots are well known for their mimicry of human voices. Some have a repertoire of 300 words or more.
  • An African grey parrot called Alex was trained by scientist Irene Pepperberg to identify at least 50 different objects. Alex could ask for each of these objects in English — and also refuse them.
  • The blue-and-yellow macaw of the Amazon rainforest has been trapped so much for the pet trade, it is now quite rare.
  • The budgerigar is a small parakeet from central Australia which is very popular as a pet.
  • The white plumage of the pink cockatoo is shot through with a soft pink flush.