Kingdom : Animalia
                          Class : Aves
                       Family : Psittacidae
        Scientific Name : Psittacine 

                      Size(H) : 8cm - 100cm 
                                         (3.5in - 39in)
                       Weight : 10g - 4,000g 
                                          (0.02lbs - 5.9lbs)
                Wing Span : 15cm - 140cm 
                                          (5.9in - 56in)
                 Top Speed : 24km/h (15mph)

                  Life Span : 40 - 80 years
                      Colour : Red, Blue, Yellow,
                                       Green, White
                 Skin Type : Feathers
Distinctive Features : Large colourful body 
                                      and curved beak
  1. Parrots are medium sized birds found across the rain forests of the southern hemisphere.
  2. There are around 350 species of parrot found across the world.
  3. They are best known for their brightly colored feathers and their ability to mimic sounds.
  4. Their most distinctive feature apart from the bright feathers is their sharp, curved beak.
  5. Remarkably, they have 4 toes on both feet, 2 facing forwards and 2 facing backwards.
  6. This enables them to climb the trees and clamber through the jungle foliage.
  7. Depending on the species they grow between 8 cm to 1 m tall.
  8. The pygmy parrots are the smallest species of parrots found in jungles of Papua New Guinea.
  9. The Hyacinth Macaw is the largest species of parrot found in the south American Jungles.
  10. They are one of the most intelligent birds which are able to mimic the sounds around them.
  11. Interestingly, an African grey parrot is said to have a vocabulary of more than 800 words!.
  12. Parrots make for very popular, exotic pets.
  13. Parrots are also known to have a very long lifespan of around 60-80 years.
  14. They are omnivores feeding on insects, small mammals, nuts, seeds and fruits.
  15. Monkeys, snakes and large birds of prey prove a threat to the eggs rather than the parrot.
  16. Humans are the main predators of parrots, trapping and hunting them.
  17. Habitat loss through deforestation and human hunting have made parrots an endangered bird today.

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