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.
There are many types of parrots, all of which share two common characteristics. To be classified as a parrot, a bird must have a curved beak and feet with four toes- two that curve forward and two that curve back. Most wild parrots are found in the Southern Hemisphere, but a few species, such as maroon-fronted parrots, thick-billed parrots and keas, live in snowy climates. Parrots eat insects, plants, nuts and seeds. They are social birds that travel in flocks and usually keep one mate during their life span.