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parrot : any of numerous widely distributed tropical birds that are often crested and brightly colored, have a distinctive stout hooked bill and zygodactyl feet, and include some excellent mimics (Parrot, 2015) [1]blank.gifWebster
Parrots, also known as psittacines are birds of the roughly 372 species in 86 genera that make up the order Psittaciformes, found in most tropical and subtropical regions. The order is subdivided into three families: the Psittacidae ('true' parrots), the Cacatuidae (cockatoos) and the Strigopidae (New Zealand parrots). Parrots have a generally pantropical distribution with several species inhabiting temperate regions in the Southern Hemisphere as well. The greatest diversity of parrots is found in South America and Australasia. Characteristic features of parrots include a strong, curved bill, an upright stance, strong legs, and clawed zygodactyl feet. Many parrots are vividly coloured, and some are multi-coloured. The plumage of cockatoos ranges from mostly white to mostly black, with a mobile crest of feathers on the tops of their heads. Most parrots exhibit little or no sexual dimorphism.

Parrots, along with ravens, crows, jays and magpies, are among the most intelligent birds, and the ability of some species to imitate human voices enhances their popularity as pets. Trapping wild parrots for the pet trade, as well as hunting, habitat loss and competition from invasive species, has diminished wild populations, with parrots being subjected to more exploitation than any other group of birds. (Parrot, 2015) [2]blank.gif Wikipedia

Spotlight


Bird rescue in need of a new home


In need of a good home: 80 parrots (David Klepper, AP via Boston.com)

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Resources


The Real Macaw (PBS)


The Real Macaw, Nutcracker (PBS)


The People’s Parrot: the First Community-Sponsored Genome (Allison Proffitt, Bio IT World)

Parrots in the Land of Oz (PBS)
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Nature, Parrot (PBS) BBC wildlife Finder, Parrot
dictionary

OneLook Merriam-Webster Free Wiktionary Visuwords
encyclopedia

A-Z Animals, parrot Wikipedia
directory

Specific Pet Birds (Internet Public Library)
Dewey 598 Birds (BUBL LINK)
Free Internet Public Library dmoz Commercial Best of the Web
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"parrot" DuckDuckGo WolframAlpha
product

shop Amazon eBay gift Zazzle
library

Library of Congress
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WorldCat (OAIster) Library of Congress UPenn Online Books Open Library Hathi Trust
dewey

598 Birds Dewey Browse
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education

Globio Glossopedia, Macaws
course

Open Education Consortium
blog

WordPress
news

NPR Archives Google News
article

Google Scholar
government

USA.gov
toy

Amazon Toys
belief

Phoenix, Wikipedia

Alex & Einstein


Alex the Parrot


Alex


Einstein


Alex & Einstein with Dr. Pepperberg


More YouTube videos on these parrots...

Tools


Scientist Stunned to See Cockatoo Using Tools for Food


Cockatoo shows tool-making skills (Michelle Warwicker, BBC Nature)

Fun


Humans do it, and birds do it, too, Dance (Gideon Gil, Boston.com)

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    Credit

    Editor Mary E. Hopper
    Contributor Neil R. Carlson


    © Cosma creator mehopper editor mehopper revised 7/17/2016 v.1.5
    1. ^ Parrot. (2015). In Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary (11th ed.). Retrieved July 11, 2015, from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/parrot
    2. ^ Parrot. (2015). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved July 11, 2015, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/parrot