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Fun Parrot Facts

Updated on December 6, 2011
Muluccan cockatoos are the loudest parrot.
Muluccan cockatoos are the loudest parrot.

Parrots are smart, entertaining, and beautiful. When my daughter first said I'd make a good bird owner, I didn't think so. I thought parrots were like fish, pretty to look at in their enclosure. I didn't realize they each have a distinct personality, and how much they interact with the rest of the household. When I re-homed a pair of cockatiels over 20 years ago, it changed my life. I've been a bird owner ever since.

Fun and Interesting Parrot Facts

Facts about parrots are abundant, but I thought I'd share these fun parrot facts to add to the trivia in your life:

Parrot Size Facts

  • Heaviest Parrots: The heaviest parrots are the nocturnal, flightless Kakapo which weight about 7 pounds. These birds are rare and endangered and can be found in New Zealand and are also known as Owl Parrots or Night Parrots.
  • Smallest Parrot: Pygmy parrots are the smallest parrot at around 3" long.
  • Largest Flying Parrot: While the Kakapo is the heaviest parrot, the Hyacinthine Macaw is the largest flyingparrot species.

Kakapo Parrots

Parrot Facts About Talking

  • Best Talker: Many parrots can talk, but the African Grey Parrot's talking ability is at the top of the chart. Their repertoire can include a number of lines from songs, poems and other longer works, and they can mimic the voices of the people in their lives. I knew one African Gray owner whose parrot would call her in her husband's voice only to find it was the bird. She couldn't tell the difference!
  • No Vocal Cords: While parrots are known for talking, they don't have vocal cords! Words and sounds are created by pushing air from their trachea.
  • Heard a Mile Away: In the wild, parrot vocalization can be heard from as far as a mile away.
  • Loudest Parrot: The Moluccan Cockatoo is the loudest parrot and can reach 135 decibels.

Einstein the African Gray

Other Fun Parrot Facts

  • Parrots can be potty trained: Choose your words wisely when training, so when your parrot repeats the training phrase in public you won't be embarrassed. My Blue-front Amazon says, "Got to go potty."
  • Parrots in History: Famous people owned parrots including historical figures like: Winston Churchill and President Andrew Jackson. When President Jackson passed away and the body was waked in his home, the parrot had to be removed from the room because it cussed up a storm! Churchill owned three parrots including an African Gray, Blue and Gold Macaw and a Budgie. Other famous bird owners include: King Henry VIII, Ulysses S. Grant, George Washington, William McKinley, and Calvin Coolidge.
  • Parrot Hieroglyphics: Keeping parrots as pets isn't new. Egyptian hieroglyphics depict parrots as pets to royal families 4000 years ago.
  • Parrot Eyesight: Parrots can see ultraviolet light, while humans cannot.
  • Intelligence: Parrots do more than mimic. Many breeds can make associations between numbers, colors, sizes, shapes, etc.
  • Quaker Parrot Nests: Quaker parrots are only about 11 inches long and weight about a quarter pound but you'd never know it by the nests they construct in the wild. These nests can house more than 40 birds and weight above 200 pounds.
  • Stick Nests: The only parrots that build stick nests are Lovebirds and Quaker Parrots.
  • Sleeping: Most parrots sleep standing on one foot.

Personal Parrot Facts

While these fun facts are unique and interesting, there's nothing like gathering fun facts about personal companion parrots. Talk to any bird owner and you'll see what I mean. For instance, my Blue-front, Neelix, says good-bye each time I leave the house, and if I disappear into another room for too long he'll call, "Hello! Hello!" and when I show myself, he'll say, "There you are!" However, if I just peek around the corner and he sees me, he says peek-a-boo and expects to play. These are just a few of the fun facts I've got to share. How about you?


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      Donna Sundblad 6 years ago from Georgia

      I agree Kim! I've thought of getting a parrolet, a little bird with big personality! I've raised cockatiels from the egg when the parents decided to bite off their back toes, so I know what you are saying. I also raised my Blue-front Amazon from two weeks old. Next month, he will be 12 years old. Thanks for reading and taking a moment to comment.

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      kimh56 6 years ago

      Gotta love the little guys, don't you? Those who have never owned one are missing out on one of the true joys of life, and one of God's greatest miracles. They are all amazing, no matter the species. I raise Parrotlets - 4" long adult, but born the size of a bumblebee! Try to hand-feed one of THOSE straight from the egg... what fun it is! I love what I do.... everyone should own a sweet, tame parrot at some time in their life.... then they would be hooked for good!

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      Donna Sundblad 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks parrot! Glad you enjoyed it.

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      Parrot Facts 6 years ago

      The parrot is the most interesting animal in the world. Nice post!

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      Donna Sundblad 6 years ago from Georgia

      Yes Alicia, they an be potty trained. My parrot kind of mumbles "Got to go potty" because I've always said it to him quietly, but I know it means it's time to go! Thanks for reading and taking a moment to comment.

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      Linda Crampton 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a fascinating hub, Donna, full of very interesting information! I loved the videos, too. I didn't know that parrots could be potty trained.

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      Donna Sundblad 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for the vote, Donna. Glad you enjoyed it!

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      Donna Cosmato 6 years ago from USA

      How fun! I would not have thought that a bird could be potty trained, and I was amazed to learn that there were parrots that small. Somehow, I guess I thought they were all large birds. Thanks for sharing...voted up and shared.

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      Donna Sundblad 6 years ago from Georgia

      The animal kingdom is full of fun facts, isn't it! I've owned, cats, dogs, hamsters, guinea pigs, birds, fish, and rescued wild animals, monitored sea turtle nests, etc. Amazing world.

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      Cindy A. Johnson 6 years ago from Sevierville, TN

      What an informative hub! I have always loved wild birds but never considered owning my own (my cats would love it, I'm sure). Thanks for all the interesting facts!