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Description of Parrot

´╗┐The hundreds of parrot species are vividcolored members of the bird family Psittacidae. They belong to five classes: macaws, cockatoos, true parrots, parakeets, and lories. In parrot plumage, reds and greens often predominate, but blue, purple, yellow, and black also appear. Parrots inhabitwarmSouth and Central America, southern North America, Africa, Madagascar, Indonesia, and southern and Southeast Asia. They live in lowland tropical or subtropical and mountain forests. Parrot sizes range from threeinch New Guinea pigmy parrots to South American macaws, over three feet long. Macaws, the largest parrots, have long, pointy tails. Cockatoos of Australia and Indonesia are white, with colored crests and other touches of yellow, red, or pink. True parrots are smaller, square-tailed, and have many green feathers. Parakeets, smaller than most true parrots, have long, pointy tails. Lories have red or orange bills, instead of gray bills like true parrots. In most species, males and females look similar, but males are more brightly colored.

Physical Characteristics of Parrots

The most noticeable features of parrots, beyond color, are their down-curved, hooked bills, thick, muscular tongues, and short legs. The bills have strong grasping ability that helps parrots to climb well. Parrot feet are zygodactyl, meaning that the two outer toes of the foot point backward and grip in the opposite direction to the two forwardpointing inner toes. Because of this, parrots walk awkwardly. However, zygodactyly makes them excellent climbers. Parrots eat seeds, fruits, and nuts. Australian lories also eat pollen and nectar. The thick, muscular tongues of most parrots manipulate nuts and seeds, breaking them open as needed. Longer lorie tongues have brushlike tips for eating pollen and nectar. Most parrots find their food in trees, using feet and bills to navigate search areas.

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