interesting Parrots facts

October 22, 2009 | In: Animal facts for kids

Most parrot fossils were excavated in Europe. The United States once had its own species of parrot, the Carolina parakeet, but it became extinct in about 1920 because of hunting and forest destruction.

The parrots are a broad order of more than 350 birds. Macaws, Amazons, lorikeets, lovebirds, cockatoos and many others are all considered parrots.

Larger parrots can live more than 75 years, while smaller ones live up to 15 years only. African Grey parrots can live for 50 to 60 years, Cockatoos typically live to be 65, and Macaws can live to be 80.

Parrots come in almost every color of the rainbow, but the eggs are always a simple white.

Wild parrots do not imitate. Only pets will mimic people and noises they hear.

Parrots are the best climbers among birds. They will use their bills to pull themselves up a tree.

While both sexes of parrots tend to look identical the eclectus parrot is one of the few known vertebrates in which the female is more colorful than the male. She is bright red; he is green.

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