You probably recognize large talking parrots found in some pet stores as parrots, but did you know parakeets, cockatiels and cockatoos are also types of parrots? There are over 350 kinds of parrots and they all live in warm places.
Parrots live in rainforests and woodlands in Africa, Australia, Asia, Central America, and South America.
Parrots have a special talent –they can imitate human speech. They’re not talking to communicate, but they can say words and even sing.
Fun Facts about Parrots for Kids
- Parrots eat fruit, nuts, seeds, buds, flowers and even insects.
- Parrots can live up to 80 years old.
- It is illegal to keep a wild parrot as a pet.
- Some parrots are brightly colored. Others are mostly white or gray.
- Parrots have curved beaks.
- Winston Churchill and King Henry VIII kept parrots as pets.
- Imitate: copy
- Speech: talking
- Communicate: sharing thoughts, needs and feelings
- Illegal: against the law
- Curved: rounded
Learn More All About Parrots
Watch this really amazing video of a parrot:
A video of Einstein the talking parrot.
Question: Do all parrots live in tropical areas?
Answer: The Keas live in the mountains of New Zealand. They pester skiers at the ski resorts. They pick at skiers’ luggage and steal food and other small items.
Question: Do parrots fly?
Answer: Most parrots do fly, but they also spend a lot of time climbing trees and branches.
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