Parrots — Multicolored Birds

Parrots have won man’s love back in antiquity. These cute birds not only have a vivid color, but also are able to imitate human speech. The feathering of many species of parrots is very elegant: it fancifully combines all the colors of the rainbow — red, orange, green, yellow, blue.

Most species of cockatoo has a white plumage, and on their head they adorn a high crest of feathers, which the birds then lower, then lift up. To the family of parrots are such different birds as ares and inseparers, wavy parrots and Jaco, the Corelles and Amazons.

The smallest representatives of this family are woodpeckers: their body length does not exceed 8 cm. And the largest parrot of the planet is a hyacinth macaw, reaching a length of 1 m. All parrots are characterized by a powerful, bent down beak, which they easily gnaw even nuts.

A thick fleshy tongue helps the birds to hold food in their mouths. Some parrots have a special brush at the end of the tongue, with which they extract nectar from flowers and juice from ripe fruit. Paws of parrots differ from the feet of most other birds: two fingers are facing forward, and two — facing back. This allows birds to tighten their branches and keep food while feeding.

Climbing trees or rocks, parrots cling to them not only with their paws, but also with their beaks. Parrots inhabit most of the tropical regions of the globe. Especially there are many of them in tropical rain forests. On average, they live for 30-50 years, but in some species the life expectancy exceeds 80 years! Parrots publish a variety of sounds — whistling, chirping, sharp screams, laughter.

Representatives of some species perfectly imitate the voices of other animals and even human speech. And besides, parrots are unusually clever and mischievous birds. For example, they quickly learn to open the doors of their cells and other tricky tricks. It is not for nothing that they are called primates of the feathered world.