The life cycle of a parrot begins within an existing enclosed space, which is typically located in tree hollows, crevices on the face of cliffs, termite mounds or ground holes. Baby parrots go through five stages of growth to reach juvenile status. Adult parrots can live up to 80 years.Continue Reading
In the first stage of life, hatchling parrots are completely dependent on their parents for food and shelter. By the time parrots reach the nestling stage, their eyes are open and they are ready to interact with their immediate environment. However, they are still dependent on parents for food. Fledgling parrots are eager to begin flying, but are not yet ready to feed themselves. Parrots in the weaning stage of life learn how to forage for food and feed themselves while continuing to develop essential motor skills. The fifth stage of a parrot's young life is the juvenile stage. This is when parrots gain independence from parents and are able to explore on their own. Juveniles are not ready to breed.
Parrots are sociable birds and often live and forage for food within a large flock. When parrots are mature enough to mate, they typically choose a partner for life. Parrots who are in good health, and have access to safe shelter with plenty of food, can live for decades.Learn more about Parrots
The average weight of a Senegal parrot is 4.4 ounces, while the average weight for a Congo African Grey is 14 ounces. The weight of a parrot will vary depending on the species as some parrots are much larger than others.Full Answer >
Humans are the main predator of parrots, hunting and trapping them in the wild for the exotic pet trade. Monkeys, snakes and large birds of prey feed on the eggs of the parrot, greatly reducing the number of parrot births. The destruction of the parrot's natural habitat through deforestation has also greatly affected the number of parrots in the wild.Full Answer >
The scientific name for parrots is Psittaciformes, and they are part of the Psittacidae family. Approximately 350 species of birds, each with a unique scientific name, make up the Psittacidae family. This family includes parrots, parakeets, macaws, cockatiels and cockatoos.Full Answer >
Baby parrots are called chicks. The African gray parrot lays three to five eggs in a clutch. Eggs incubate for approximately 30 days. The female is primarily responsible for sitting on the eggs, although the male also takes turns.Full Answer >