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Parrot Facts

Updated on March 12, 2011

Interesting Facts about Parrots

Here are a few interesting facts about parrots. Please share your views about this article by commenting below.

Parrots have an average life span of up to 80 years in the wild.

They vary in size a lot. Size of parrots range from 3.5 in to 40 in(8.7cm to 100cm). They also vary in weight from 65 g to 1.6 kg.

They have been mentioned in Egyptian, Greek and Roman histories; so parrots have been a part of human history for a long time.

A parrot fossil found in Denmark is dated 54 mya(million years ago).

Pygmy of New Guinea is the smalles parrot being just 3½ inches long. The largest of all parrot species is hyacinth macaw which is about 40 inch long.

The Cuban Amazon(Cuban parrot) is also known as rose-throated parrot.

Eggs of masked lovebirds need 23 days of incubation for hatching.

We all know that parrots are known for their voice mimicry; but did you know that African gray parrots are said to be the best mimics. African Grey parrots can live for 50 to 60 years, so they might outlive you.

The yellow-shouldered Amazon parrot is also called lora in its native range.

They have roughly 372 species in 86 genera and can be found all over the world, especially in warmer climates.

Parrots normally eat seeds, nuts, buds, fruits and other plant material. But a few parrot species also eat rats and worms.

Parrots bond very closely to their owners and doesn't take the change of owner very well.

Parrots have the ability to exert tremendous biting pressure.

Talking Parrots!

Given below are two amazing videos of parrots talking. Especially the first video is great because you can hear the African grey parrot producing various sounds quite clearly.


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      Panda girl 5 years ago

      Freaky photos

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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      Thank you all for stopping by and sharing your views. Thanks again!

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      Granny's House 7 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      Fantastic hub. Great info. Will share

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      Genna East 7 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I have always been fascinated with parrots. Although that photo of the Cuban Amazon was startling. Informative and interesting hub.

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      Fay Paxton 7 years ago

      Nice hub and excellent video.