There are simply hundreds of different and unique Parrot species across the globe. Learn more about some specific species of these remarkable birds and their interesting traits below.
Spix’s Macaw – This species is famously the most endangered Parrot species in the world. In fact, these birds inspired the movie Rio. Researchers believe that this bright blue bird is extinct in the wild, and only a few populations live in zoos. The IUCN lists this species as Critically Endangered.
African Grey Parrot – The African Grey species has one of the largest vocabularies of any Parrot One individual bird, named Alex, learned well over 100 different words. He could also identify objects, and could perform simple addition!
Scarlet Macaw – Scarlet macaws are one of the more well-known species of these birds. They are bright red, with yellow shoulders and blue wings. In the wild, these birds live throughout Central and South America, but they are also common pets.
Hyacinth Macaw – This species is the largest species of macaw, and the longest Parrot in the world. From head to tail, this birds measures up to 3.3 ft. (40 in.) long! This bright blue bird is also the second heaviest Parrot species, behind the kakapo of New Zealand.
Unfortunately, many species of parrots are at risk of extinction due to habitat destruction, poaching, and the illegal pet trade. As responsible citizens of this planet, it is our duty to protect these amazing birds and ensure their survival.
One way to help conserve parrots is to support conservation efforts by donating to organizations that work to protect parrot habitats and fight against illegal trade. It is also important to avoid purchasing parrots from illegal pet trade and to report any suspicious activity related to parrot trafficking.
In addition, we can also take steps to preserve parrot habitats by reducing deforestation, planting trees, and supporting sustainable agriculture practices. By taking these steps, we can help ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy the beauty and wonder of these incredible birds.
40 to 80 Years
These birds live primarily in the southern hemisphere, throughout tropical and subtropical regions. In the Americas, they live from Mexico into Central and South America, and the surrounding islands. They also inhabit Sub-Saharan Africa, India, Southeast Asia, Australia, and the surrounding Australa
While each species has a different diet, most are herbivores. They eat a variety of fruits, seeds, berries, nuts, buds, nectar, and pollen. Some species also eat insects and other invertebrates or small animals.
Parrots can range in size from about 3.5 to 40 inches (8.7 to 100 centimeters)
weigh 2.25 to 56 ounces (64 g to 1.6 kg), on average.
The smallest parrot, the buff-faced pygmy parrot, is only about 8-9 cm (3.1-3.5 inches) long, while the longest parrot, the hyacinth macaw, can grow up to 100 cm (3.3 feet) in length.