There are around 390 different parrot species around the world. Parrots, along with ravens, crows, jays, and magpies, are among the most intelligent birds, and the ability of some species to imitate human voices enhances their popularity as pets. As a result, many species are close to extinction.
Trapping wild parrots for the pet trade, as well as hunting, habitat loss, and competition from invasive species, has diminished wild populations, with parrots being subjected to more exploitation than any other group of birds.
The popularity of parrots as pets has led to a thriving—and often illegal—trade in the birds, and some species are now threatened with extinction. A combination of trapping of wild birds and damage to parrot habitats makes survival difficult or even impossible for some species of parrot. Importation of wild-caught parrots into the US and Europe is illegal.
Many parrots can imitate human speech or other sounds, although they have no vocal cords. Sound is accomplished by expelling air across an organ called the syrinx.
Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.Will Rogers
- Most parrots live in tropical areas
- Parrots are monogamous, having one partner for life
- Parrots are believed to be one of the most intelligent bird species
- Some species are known for imitating human voices
- Some parrot species can live for over 80 years