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All About Parrots

Two Macaws
Hyacinth Macaw, full body picture
Blue and Yellow Macaw in flight, pictured flying towards camera
African Grey Parrot, full body picture, perched on branch
Yellow parrot looking down from branch
Yellow Lorikeet,close up
Blue and Yellow Macaw in flight
Green Ecclectus Parrot,full body picture
Green Parrot in flight
Red Macaw flying
Two Rainbow Lorikeets snuggled up beside eachother on a branch
Two Amazon Macaws on a branch
Two Rainbow Lorikeets on a twig
Red Ecclectus Parrot close up
Hyacinth Macaw close up
Two Hyacinth Macaws looking down from a branch
Sapphire-throated Macaw close up
Rainbow Lorikeet,full body pictured
Close up of Red Macaw
Green Parrot close up
Pink Cockatoo flying over lake water and reflected in the water
Seven Colour parrot close up
Sun Conure close up
Scarlet Macaw close up
Two Blue and Yellow Macaws, close up, macaw on left grooming macaw on right
Two Amazon Macaws on a branch
yellow parrot feather yellow parrot feather

All About Parrots

Parrots are amazing birds, living jewels with the gift of communication with humans. They are also among the most intelligent of birds, with certain individuals functioning on a level similar to a three- to six-year-old human child. The larger species of parrots are also among the longest-lived birds, many having life expectancies as long as or longer than humans.

On the Wild Side

In the wild, parrots spend most of their time foraging for food, covering large areas during the day and returning to their nest or a common roost at night. They are opportunistic feeders, eating whatever they can find. Seeds, fruits, vegetables, and insects are all part of most parrots' diet


Many parrots form flocks when they are not in the breeding season, ranging anywhere from a few individuals of a single species to large groups of several species. These flocks feed and roost together, keeping watch for predators from above and below. With their loud voices, parrots can keep in vocal contact with each other over long distances.


Most parrots in the wild mate for life, even going through a mourning period if they are separated from their mate. When breeding season comes around, each pair finds a suitable nest site. Larger birds prefer to nest in hollowed out tree trunks, often taking over old nest sites and modifying them by chewing through the wood with their strong beaks. Females lay a clutch of one or two eggs (more for smaller birds), which are incubated for about a month. When the chicks hatch, they still need a lot development. Depending on the size of the bird, eyes open and feathers start emerging on chicks anywhere between a few days to few weeks after hatching. Up until the time that the young birds take their first flight, the parents take turns feeding the chicks.


Parrots have evolved with strong hooked beaks designed to aid them in chewing wood for their nesting sites, as well as allowing them to feed upon even the toughest fruits, nuts, and seeds. Unlike humans, parrots use their syrinx (lower larynx ) to form all words and sounds, a necessity as they don't have lips to form words with.

Your Parrot Guide

Are you thinking of getting a pet parrot and would like to know what's involved. Read all about it in our Parrot Care section.

Perhaps you already have a companion bird and would like to know more. Read about Training, First Aid, Diet, Behaviour and more in our Parrot Care section.

Read reviews of the most recent parrot publications hot off the press at our Parrot Books guide.

Would you like to learn about the work of Parrot Conservation?

You can read all about the different species of Parrot in our complete guide to Parrot Species.

For Fun Facts and Games with maybe an art project or two, head on over to our Kids Corner.


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