Intelligent imitators, love your company
There are more than 370 species of parrot found in most warm and tropical regions. South America and Australasia are where the greatest diversity is found.
Cockatoos also belong to the parrot family along with true parrots of which there are five subfamilies of species. These true parrots include:
- 160 species of neotropical parrots living in South and Central America, the Mexican lowlands, the Caribbean islands, and southern Florida
- 30 species of broad-tailed parrots of which 20 species are rosellas
- about 70 species that live in the Indian and Australasian areas
- about 50 species of lorikeets and lories, centred in New Guinea, spreading to Australia, Indonesia and the islands of the south Pacific.
- three native and still living species in the New Zealand region, which include the kea, kākā and the flightless and critically endangered kakapo.
Parrots are great pets
Some parrots, in particular African grey parrots, Amazon parrots and the larger macaws, all have very long life spans – up to 80 years. There are also lovebirds, often referred to as pint-sized bundles of joy.
Parrots need company
Parrots are social creatures and need lots of company, so don't leave them in the cage at home all by themselves.
- Know where you local avian vet is, as any problems need to be dealt with quickly.
- A good-sized cage is mandatory if you have to go out for long periods.
- A shower once a week helps to keep their feathers in good condition.
- Use music to dance with your bird.
- Place their cage where they will be in the middle of family action.
Parrots are very social and love interaction. They love to be in the thick of things. Owning a parrot is a lifelong commitment. Parrots usually live at least 15 years and up to 80 years, so they can be your friend for life.