Parrot Types/Types Of Parrot
Parrot Types/Types Of Parrot
There are so many parrots in the world that no one hardly talks about the species, so I am going to be telling you how to spot different species and how many species there are in the world.
Amount of species:
There are 402 species of birds which make up the order of Parrots, most commonly known as Psittacines. Out of all of them, one of them is the rarest, and that is the Spix’s Macaw a species adapted to forests of Brazil that was not recorded in anything until the 19th century (1800AD). The most common species of parrot which most of you have probably seen before is the Macaws which are the parrots’ people keep as pets.
With over 400 species of parrots in the world, it’s hard to identify one of these beautiful birds. To help find out what species it is, look at its appearance and watch its behaviour to spot how it is different from other parrots or even other birds. If you have done this and still don’t know what type of parrot it is, try speaking to a bird specialist or even your local pet shop as they might know.
Finding common parrots (Macaws):
There are many kinds of Macaws, but most of them are spotted by their bright, colourful feathers and their large body size. They are also spotted from their large beaks and long tails. If you see a bird with a combination of these colours: Blue, red, yellow and green, you have most probably spotted a Macaw.
Spotting a Cockatoo:
These beautiful creatures are spotted because of their large beak and yellow crest on their heads and sometimes a plumage that is white, black, pink, yellow or red. They can move the crest on their head to show emotions, they move it in an up and down motion. These parrots are mostly associated with Australia, Indonesia and the Philippines, so, if you see a bird with a yellow crest in any of these places, you have most probably spotted a Cockatoo. Cockatoos will eat an odd assortment of bird seeds, dry and normal fruits, nuts, berries, blossoms, roots, and vegetation such as leaf buds. Some cockatoos even eat insects and their larvae and other small insects. They are known to raid farms and destroy sprouts. Most species of parrots are mostly green but this colour is not found on cockatoos or their mini cousin’s Cockatiels. Most Cockatoos are about the same size as the common parrot.
Spotting other species of parrot:
Think you have found a parrot but do not know what species of parrot it is? Well, here is a way to spot a conure. Conures are very small but have a big personality. They also come in a variety of colours, including green, blue, yellow and black. You can recognize these birds by their playful behaviour – they bob with excitement and hang upside down. They are native to South and Central America. They also eat things like commercial seeds, fruit, vegetables and on the odd occasion a small treat.
Look for their Illuminously bright colours. Lorikeets are about the size of a small parrot with the most colourful plumage in the parrot family.
Spotting Amazon parrots:
These South American parrots are very popular to keep as pets. They are pretty large reaching up to 41 cm in length (16 inches).
To spot budgies, watch for their small size and black markings on their wings. They are also native to Australia and can be kept as pets in many other countries. Budgies are normally no longer than 7 inches (17.74 cm).
Looking at the parrot’s features (colours):
Find out what colour different parts of the parrot’s body areas this could determine the species of parrot it is. Most parrots stick with the common colour red, blue, green and yellow. But some parrot species could include these colours; black, white or pink. Also, make note of where the colours are. For example, if you see a large parrot with blue, red, green, yellow and a large beak you have most probably found a Macaw which is probably the most common parrot found as pets.
Look at the size of the parrot’s body:
The size of the parrot’s body can determine which species of parrot it is. For example, if you find a small parrot, it is probably a budgie, whereas if you find a larger parrot it is most probably a Macaw. But, if you find a small parrot that looks exactly like a macaw, it is most probably a toddler Macaw.
Watch the parrots behaviour:
The behaviour of the parrot can determine the species of the parrot. So this includes looking at what it eats, where its nest is, how it eats, how it acts in its nest and how energetic it is. For example, Conures are very energetic and hang upside down and bob in excitement. This could also come down to if they mimic wildlife sounds or noises from around their environment or, if they copy human sounds or small sentences or even other animal sounds like a lion’s roar, a birds chirp or even the trees rustling.
Find out where you saw the parrot:
The region in which you saw the parrots could help you figure out what species of parrot it is or the behaviour and environment the parrot might live in. If it is from somewhere like the amazon rainforest, it is most probably going to be an Amazon parrot as they normally live there due to the temperature and the environment around them. If they are spotted around somewhere you live you can narrow it down from regions to cities or states or even local forests which could help you find one again by going to that same place. Some parrots that you might see from you country could be from your local forest or even from the other side of the country or continent in which you live in.