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Parrot

Parrot is the common name for around 340 species of bright colour including, among others, the cockatoos, the agapornis, the macaws and the parakeets. Parrots have specific features that make them different from other birds. Their size shows great variability depending on the species.

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Parrot is the common name for around 340 species of bright colour including, among others, the cockatoos, the agapornis, the macaws and the parakeets. Parrots have specific features that make them different from other birds. Their size shows great variability depending on the species.

Parrots have strong curved bills. Wings are usually short and round, but the tail can be quite long. Some species have lost the ability to fly. The toes in their feet have a zygodactyl disposition, with two toes facing forward and two toes facing backward. Parrots are excellent climbers and use the bill to move among branches. Most of them have strong tongues that use to get seeds and grain, the base of their diet together with fruit and leaves.

Parrots have a generally pantropical distribution with several species inhabiting temperate regions. The areas of greatest diversity are the Amazon basin, Australia, New Guinea and the islands nearby. In Africa and Asia there are few species of parrots.

The plumage of parrots is highly variable in colour: blue, yellow or red are common. Cockatoos are usually white or black, with yellow, red or pink patches.
Parrots usually nest on trees, but some species build nests in rock cracks or tunnels in terrain slopes. Most species breed in couples. Females usually lay between 2 and 5 eggs. Chicks hatch completely naked and blind.

Parrots are popular pets due to their ability to imitate human voice together with other sounds. The best imitator is the African grey parrot, a bird that can be up to 30 centimetres long, with grey plumage and red tail. Studies have compared the intelligence of this species with primates and dolphins.

Pet trade and habitat lose are the main reasons why some species of parrots are threatened nowadays. Parrot trade is strictly regulated in most countries, but each year thousands of birds are sent to Europe and North America, both legally and illegally. Some of these parrots do not survive the journey. One possible solution to this problem would be breeding birds in captivity.

In South America there are different species of parrots such as the ‘choroy’, that only lives in Chile, with bright green plumage and a red stain on the chest. It usually feeds on crops, reason why is hunted by farmers. In Mexico different species of macaws and cockatoos can be found. The green macaw can live in areas 2,400 metres above the sea level, from the North of Mexico to the North of Argentina. The red macaw shows a brightful colour and a long tail. The cockatoo of Puerto Rico has a red line on the eye line.

  • Classic Series: 260x395x470 mm
  • Number of sheets: 4 for Classic Series
  • Difficulty level: 4