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A parrot is any of the many birds belonging to the family Psittacidae. They have a characteristic curved beak shape with the upper mandible having slight mobility in the joint with the skull and a generally erect stance. All parrots are zygodactyl, having the four toes on each foot placed two at the front and two back.

Along with the cockatoo family (the Cacatuidae), the parrot family makes up the order Psittaciformes. Confusingly, the term parrot can be used in either the narrow sense of the parrot family Psittacidae or the broad sense of the order Psittaciformes.

Birds of the parrot family can be found in most of the warmer parts of the world, including India, South East Asia and West Africa, with one species, now extinct, in the United States (the Carolina Parakeet). By far the greatest number of parrot species, however, come from Australasia, South America and Central America.

Many species can imitate human speech or other sounds, and at least one researcher, Irene Pepperberg has made controversial claims for the learning ability of one species; an African Grey Parrot Alex, has been trained to use words to identify objects, describe them, count them, and even answer complex questions such as "How many red squares?" (with over 80% accuracy). Many other scholars claim that parrots are only repeating words with no idea of their meanings and point to Pepperberg's results as being nothing but an expression of operant conditioning.

Parrots are commonly kept as companion animals in many countries. Often the wings of such birds are clipped, but many people keep flighted pet parrots, allowing the birds to roam their homes or neighborhoods. Some parrots, including the conures, macaws, cockatoos, cockatiels, and budgerigars are said to make good family pets.

While most birds have a hinged lower mandible (jaw) and a fixed upper mandible, in parrots both the upper and lower mandibles are hinged. This makes them look a bit comical when they yawn. While most birds have three toes pointing forward and one toe pointing rearward, parrots have two forward-facing toes and two rearward-facing twos. This foot structure is termed "zygodactal."
Taxonmony
Phylum: Chordata
Class: aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittacidae
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Maroon Fronted Parrot
The Wild Ones
One of the two parrot species that live in Mexico. General Information Read More
Red-Tailed Amazon Parrot
The Wild Ones
General Information Read More
St Lucia Parrot
The Wild Ones
This species is found in the island of St.Lucia. Site includes information on Breeding, lifecycle, reproduction, conservation and habitat Read More
African Grey Parrot
Honolulu Zoo
African Grey Parrot Read More
Amazon Parrot
Honolulu Zoo
Amazon Parrot Read More
Eclectus Parrot
Honolulu Zoo
Eclectus Parrot Read More
Red-cheeked Parrot
Honolulu Zoo
Red-cheeked Parrot Read More
Red-winged Parrot
Honolulu Zoo
Red-winged Parrot Read More
African Orange-bellied Parrot
Kenya Birds
About African Orange-bellied Parrot Read More
Brownheaded parrot
SafariCamLive.com - African Wildlife to the World
Brownheaded parrots Read More
Hawk-Headed Parrot
Sedgwick County Zoo
Hawk-Headed Parrot fact sheet Read More
Thick-Billed Parrot
theBigZoo.com
About Thick-Billed Parrot Read More
Thick-billed Parrot
eNature.com
Pictures, Sounds, and information about Thick-billed Parrot Read More
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Parrot's cries sound false alarm - a news clip Read More
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BBCi
How Parrots Talk! Easy to read Read More
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National Geographic
Parrot fact sheet and pictures; video clip; audio clip Read More
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Bird Families of the World - Dan Roberson
Details about the Psittacidae family including pictures and good print references Read More
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Unique Australian Animals
Categorized information on Parrot including description, habitat, feeding, etc. Has nice pictures, too. Read More
Red-Crowned Parrot
Bird Friends Of Lake Murray And San Diego County
Red-Crowned Parrot pictures, description, and more Read More
Red-Lored Parrot
Bird Friends Of Lake Murray And San Diego County
Red-Lored Parrot pictures, description, and more Read More
Eclectus Parrot
Animals Of The Rainforest
Brief description, taxonomic information, pictures, and links Read More
Yellow-Eared Parrot
Animals Of The Rainforest
Brief description, taxonomic information, pictures, and links Read More
Swift Parrot
Tasmania - Dept. of Primary Industries, Water, and Environment
Brief narrative about Swift parrot Read More
Orange-bellied Parrot
Tasmania - Dept. of Primary Industries, Water, and Environment
Brief narrative about Orange-bellied parrot Read More
Blue-winged Parrot
Tasmania - Dept. of Primary Industries, Water, and Environment
Brief narrative about Blue-winged parrot Read More
Ground Parrot
Tasmania - Dept. of Primary Industries, Water, and Environment
Brief narrative about Ground parrot Read More
Dusky Parrot
Birds in Suriname
Brief description, pictures, and distribution map for Surinam Read More
Black-Headed Parrot
Birds in Suriname
Brief description, pictures, and distribution map for Surinam Read More
Blue-Headed Parrot
Birds in Suriname
Brief description, pictures, and distribution map for Surinam Read More
Mealy Parrot
Birds in Suriname
Brief description, pictures, and distribution map for Surinam Read More
Orange-Winged Amazone, Parrot
Birds in Suriname
Brief description, pictures, and distribution map for Surinam Read More
Red Fan Parrot
Birds in Suriname
Brief description, pictures, and distribution map for Surinam Read More
Gray Parrot
web.edunet4u.net/~nature/ (Korean)
Brief description and picture Read More
Thick-billed Parrot
The Wild Ones
Brief article about Thick-billed Parrot Read More
Double-Eyed Fig Parrot
Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodges
Narrative article about Double-Eyed Fig Parrot Read More
Australian King-Parrot
Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodges
Narrative article about Australian King-Parrot Read More
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