Types of Parrots and Their Descriptions
Types of Parrots: Parrots, also called Psittacides, are small birds of the approximately 398 distinct species in the entire genus Psittacidae, present mostly in temperate and tropical areas. The whole order is further subdivided into two superfamilies: the Psittacidae, which include the common parrot, the pet parrot, and several other species not recognized, and the Cacatuoidea. A few Psittacidae parrots are hybrids and belong to a select group called Psittacidae-cacao birds. All parrots in this family -including the Roborovski’s and Fischer’s -bearing the name of Psittacidae are native to Australia and Papua New Guinea.
In the United States, a few populations of pet parrots live on farms or in backyards. In the wild, these birds are generally arboreal, using trees or shrubs as their preferred shelter. They can also spend part of the year on the ground in nesting areas. But because of their need for a free-range diet, wild pet parrots may be categorized as desert birds, being able to exist on the fantastic food supply if and when they become ill or injured. They have also been noted to visit veterinary clinics to replenish lost nutrients due to changes in diet that might have otherwise caused death.
There are many parrot species, and among them are the familiar pet parrot, Macaw, African Grey, Cockatiel, Lories, Parakeet, Conure, Amazons, Conures, and Eclectus. Some are ornamental; some are hardy eaters; others are generalists who can do well in most environments. They may be small, but they pack a lot of personality into just a tiny space!
Macaws and African Greys weigh between ten and twenty pounds. Parakeets and cockatiels weigh between twenty-two and forty inches. Lories weigh between twenty-four and forty inches, while parakeets weigh between twenty-one and forty-five inches. The largest parrot, the Aabas, weighs more than forty-five inches. All the different parrot species can be placed in the category of tropical, ranging from the temperate to the low, with a special designation in each group for particular habitats.
Unlike other birds, which have various needs in terms of food and habitat, parrots have a single generalized need: to be loved. And unlike other animals, love is the one thing that will attract a parrot regardless of its size, color, or feather type. But how do they go about expressing their feelings? In a word, they display. On average, you can expect a parrot’s display to last between fifteen and thirty seconds.
Cockatoos are one of the very least-known of all parrots. Of the hundred or so species in the canary family, only six are represented in the wild. These parrots occur in all areas of Southeast Asia, except the mountains of Sri Lanka and Borneo. Cockatoos live in large, wooded areas with trees and thick grasses in which they breed. Their natural diet consists mainly of berries, suet, worms, blossoms, seeds, nuts, and the pet bird portion of their menu is parrots.
The cockatoos belong to the clade called Places. This is a large family of trees and grasses. There are six different parrots in this clade, including the blue-footed boobie, cassowary, cockatoo, conure, sparrow, and toucadino. Of these, the most popular pet birds are the blue-footed boobies and the cassowary. While most of these birds are wild, some are used as pets all over the world.
Among the other two most popular pets, the courts and the budgies are medium-sized and have elaborately furnished beaks and footpads. They are small in comparison to the other parrots, but they are not tiny. The courts have round beaks, while the budgies have long beaks. Both species of the conures have a thick, wide-body, short neck, and droopy eyes. Their heads, necks, legs, and visors are covered with feathers. The courts have yellow or orange beaks, while the budgies have red beaks.
The third parrot group, the orioles, have long beaks and a short neck. These parrots weigh up to seven pounds and live mostly on berries. They have red-colored bellies and also have white throats. The orioles resemble a member of their family, the sunflower. The most distinctive feature of these parrots is that their feet are large compared to the rest of their body. They can walk on trees, climb trees, and perform acrobatics without any difficulty.
In addition to the three basic types of parrots, various other species are considered attractive pets. Some of the most common ones are the lories, the jays, and the tanagers. All these parrots are colorful birds, and their names have come from their bright plumage. They belong to different species, and they may belong to one hundred other species all over the world. Most of these parrots belong to the genus rook, which is brown, except the blue-collared orioles and the red-collared lories. Some of these parrots’ common characteristics are that they have green underparts, dark primaries, and their wings have black stripes.