What is a parrot?

Alena Anisimova
Alena Anisimova
March 25, 2013
What is a parrot?

Parrot - a bird that lives in the forests of tropical countries, has a bright and colorful feathers. From other representatives of feathered parrots distinguishes the ability to imitate human speech. Parrots can rightly be considered one of the most beloved and popular feathered pets. The color of the feathers of these birds can be admired endlessly, since in most parrots it shimmers and sparkles with all the colors of the rainbow. Let's take a closer look at what a parrot is and where it came from.

What are parrots

The parrot bird is very energetic, graceful and graceful. As we already wrote above, one of the main advantages of parrots is their ability to memorize and reproduce human speech. Quite often you can find parrots, the lexicon of which consists of several dozen words. In addition, these intelligent birds are able to memorize short songs and poems, and can also imitate the voices of other pets.

Currently, more than three hundred species of parrots and eighty of their genera are known.Each member of the family of parrots has such features: strong, curved beak, colorful bright feathers, four toes (two of which are directed backwards, and two forward).

The diet of these birds consists mainly of vegetables, fruits and grains. The most common representatives of parrot in Australia (half of the species live there). These are cockatoo, wavy parrots, Corella, etc. Such species as macaw, wedge-tailed, Amazon, etc. live in Central and South America (about one third of all species). Slightly fewer of these birds live in Africa and South Asia. Parrots usually live in forests. However, some species, such as, for example, Australian, live in open areas. There are even such parrots that live in the mountains (the ringed parrot Nestor and the New Zealand kea).

About the appearance of parrots in Europe

For the first time, parrots appeared in Greece, where they were brought by Alexander the Great. Later they were brought to Rome. And from there, the parrots spread throughout Europe. Thanks to its abilities and bright colors, parrots easily gained popularity among the nobility, which contained birds in cages made of silver or ivory.They were mainly large birds - various species of Amazons and macaws with bright plumage. But most of these birds were imported after Columbus discovered America.

Only very privileged and rich people could afford to keep parrots in Europe, as birds were quite expensive. In 1840, parrots were brought to the London Zoo, where they were propagated and after a few years began to spread around the world.