Parrot Facts And Information For Owners

Parrots can make excellent pets, but they are not a pet of choice for everyone.  If you are going to purchase a parrot, you should know more about parrot facts and information so that you can make an informed decision as to whether this is the right pet for you. 


One important thing you need to know about parrots is that compared to other common pets like cats and dogs, parrots have an incredibly long life span.  Depending on the species you purchase, they can live to be as old as sixty, so when you decide to own one, you need to realize that you are making a lifetime commitment.


All parrot owners need to know as far as parrot facts and information are concerned is that parrots require a good deal of interaction with their owners.  If a parrot gets bored, they might start acting out, biting, or pulling out their feathers.  They are very intelligent creatures and so need intellectual stimulation on a regular basis, and they love being trained to speak or do tricks.  A parrot is not a good pet for someone who is always away at work or doesn’t have time to be company to their parrot.


Parrot Facts and Information: Physical Characteristics


More interesting parrot facts and information involve their physical characteristics.  There are many physical characteristics that set parrots apart from other birds.  The first is their thick, fleshy tongue, which helps them to speak and mimic sounds.  Parrots are also able to mimic sounds because of their highly developed ear, but as on other birds, their ears are well concealed by their feathers and not noticeable. 


Another distinctive parrot feature is their feet.  Parrot feet are incredibly scaly, so much so that they look almost diseased.  They have two toes facing forward on each foot, and two toes facing backwards.  This allows them to get a very good grip on perches and branches so that they are even able to balance on one leg in their sleep.  Their strong claws also help them to get a good grip not just on branches, but on nuts and apples and other hard foods you give them to eat.  They are able to eat these foods easily because of their strong, hard beaks.