8 Great Factoids About Parrots Posted February 1, 2009 by LuAnn Apple


African Grey Parrot

African Grey Parrot

If you’re a Parrot lover then here’s a few things you will love to know! BTW, check out one of my favorite information websites Wikipedia.org for more Fun Factoids!

  1. Did you know there are roughly 372 species of parrots?
  2. The greatest diversity of parrots if sound in South America and Australiasia
  3. With few exceptions, Parrots are monogamous which nest in cavaties and hold no territories other than their nesting sight.
  4. While parrots have the distinction of being able to mimic human speech, studies with the African Grey Parrot have shown that some are able to associate words with their meanings and form simple sentences
  5. Not only have parrots demonstrated intelligence through scientific testing of their language using ability, but some species of parrot such as the Kea are also highly skilled at using tools and solving puzzles
  6. Parrots do not have vocal cords, so sound is accomplished by expelling air across the mouth of the bifurcated trachea. Different sounds are produced by changing the depth and shape of trachea. So, talking parrots are really whistling in different variations.
  7. Sayings about parrots colour the modern English language. The verb “parroting” can be found in the dictionary, and means “to repeat by rote.” There are also clichés, such as the British saying “sick as a parrot.”
  8. Parrots are used as symbols of nations and nationalism. A parrot is found on the flag of Dominica. The St. Vincent parrot is the national bird of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, a Caribbean nation.

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  • Dot marcotulio August 1, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    Where did the new MARScover with many birds come from? Have you got more of these multi bird pics. They would make a fabulous calendar. Or even reference photos without a copyright, for artists!

  • LuAnn Apple August 3, 2015 at 2:21 am

    This came from a person I know so I will check to see how she came by it for sure and then let you know thanks Dot!

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