Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter, said the only animal he was uncomfortable working around were parrots scientificamerican.com/ar…
Flocks of native wild parrots used to be common in North America, even into Canada. Known as the Carolina Parakeet, they were eventually all killed for their beautiful feathers by 1939. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Parrots become overly attached to their reflection and then very frustrated because the bird in the mirror they're in love with can't groom them or reciprocate any physical affection. beakcraze.com/are-mirrors…
A British man named Chris discovered his girlfriend was cheating when his pet parrot Ziggy Stardust started saying "I love you, Gary" in her voice. To make matters worse he later had to get rid of Ziggy because "it was torture hearing him repeat that name over and over again." theguardian.com/uk/2006/j…
Kea, a species of predatory parrot, found in New Zealand, are infamous for killing Sheep using their beaks and damaging parked vehicles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kea
Despite their looks, falcons are more closely related to parrots than they are to hawks and eagles. amentian.com/post/6xwZ
Parrots kept as pets will go through severe emotional trauma when they're given away, sold, or abandoned, developing destructive behaviors like screaming, aggression and self mutilation, plucking out their feathers In the wild they are extremely social and often mate for life (60-80 years.) birdsupplies.com/blogs/ne…
Willie, a parrot, alerted its owner, Megan Howard, when the toddler she was babysitting began to choke. Megan was in the bathroom, the parrot began screaming "mama, baby" while flapping its wings as the child turned blue. Megan rushed over and performed the Heimlich, saving the girls life. telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
An African grey parrot named "Nigel," who spoke with a British accent, went missing from his California home. When he was returned 4 yrs later via his microchip to his British-American owner, Nigel was able to speak Spanish & sing bars from the theme of "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly." theguardian.com/lifeandst…
After a woman murdered her husband and attempted suicide, their pet parrot who was the sole witness began repeating what's thought to have been their last conversation, including the words: "Don't shoot!" independent.co.uk/news/wo…
Karl Berg found after recording parrots, that parent parrots name their children and those names are used through life. npr.org/sections/krulwich…
Parrots live for ages: the African Gray 40–60y, Amazon parrots 25–75y, and Cockatoos 20–60y. Lifespans in captivity are longer than in the wild, as owners are able to provide safety and a consistent, well-rounded diet. thesprucepets.com/how-lon…
The rainbow lorikeet is a colorful species of parrot native to the forests of eastern Australia. Reportedly, they love showering and sometimes sleep upside down. As intelligent birds, they get easily bored and love to play with noisy toys. When they eat fermented fruit, they can get quite drunk. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rai…
A parrot was banned from a football game for imitating the referee's whistle and causing confusion telegraph.co.uk/news/news…
Waldo, an african grey parrot, is the lead singer of a death metal band called Hatebeak. It is the first band to feature an avian vocalist, and doesn't tour/play live because it would be "absolute torture for the bird to experience decibels at those levels.” thedailybeast.com/full-me…
President McKinley had a parrot named β€œWashington Post.” presidentialpetmuseum.com…
Falcons are more closely related to parrots and songbirds than they are to hawks. nsf.gov/news/news_summ.js…
A third of the world's parrot species are threatened due to poaching for the pet trade. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Willie, a parrot, alerted its owner, Megan Howard, when the toddler she was babysitting began to choke. Megan was in the bathroom, the parrot began screaming "mama, baby" while flapping its wings as the child turned blue. Megan rushed over and performed the Heimlich, saving the girls life. telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
President Andrew Jackson owned a parrot named Poll. When Jackson died Poll was present at his funeral, but had to be removed due to "Swearing and yelling profanities" that he learned from Jackson himself lafeber.com/pet-birds/pre…
Today I learned of "Freddy Krueger," a parrot caught in the crossfire during a drug raid and was blinded and burned, thus his namesake. Freddy recovered at a zoo where he was bitten by a snake yet survived; later he was stolen by armed thieves. He came back to the zoo later but unknown how. checopie.com/the-parrot-t…
Wild parrots lived in the eastern United States until 1918. The Carolina parakeet was a colorful, but poisonous bird that was native to areas as far east as the Atlantic coast, and as far north as Wisconsin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Dracula Parrots exist, also known as the Pesquets Parrot. Endemic to hill and montane rainforest in New Guinea. Despite their menacing appearance, they mainly live off fruit. parrots.org/encyclopedia/…
There are parrots native to Argentina roaming around New Jersey suburban towns for over 30 years. nj.com/bergen/2019/12/wil…
Today I learned of the Dracula parrot found only in New Guinea. Despite its name, the parrot eats no meat but rather feeds almost exclusively on figs. Just as vultures adapted a featherless head to feed cleanly on bloody carcasses, a Dracula parrot's lack of face feathers keeps its face clean of sticky figs. australiangeographic.com.…
A New Zealand wild Kea parrot snatched Β£600 from the van of a Scottish tourist out taking photos; a Canadian couple told him: "We’ve just seen that bird take something out of your van." He reported the theft to police who laughed. Kea are known car vandals, reported to break off wing mirrors. telegraph.co.uk/travel/ne…
Ross Perot had a Sesame Street character named "H. Ross Parrot." When asked to comment Perot said, "1) the nose is too small. 2) it's not a real Texas accent. 3) my family loves it, my grandchildren love it." and ""I'm sure that parrot thinks he's much better looking than I am." muppet.fandom.com/wiki/H.…
Iowa man Jerald Reiter brought his pet zebra & parrot into the Dog House bar in Dubuque, but the bartender told the trio to leave. Although his truck wasn't in motion when police found Reiter sitting in his truck with the zebra & parrot, he was charged with an OWI. A friend drove the pets home. thegazette.com/2012/05/22…
Owls have a reputation of being wise due to their large eyes, but are not smart enough to be trained - unlike parrots, hawks, and pigeons. They still have a complex brain, but it spends much of its time processing information from its optic nerves. scienceiq.com/Facts/WiseA…
Prosecutors considered, but ended up not, calling a husband's parrot as a key witness in a wife-husband murder case after the bird kept repeating "don't shoot" in the victim's voice; wife found guilty anyway. usatoday.com/story/news/n…
In 1970 pet parrots escaped or were released in Chicago and are thriving in Hyde Park. Thousands were imported from South America in the 50 and 60's. uchicagomedicine.org/fore…
Parrots that eat poppy flowers get instant energy similar to the effect of tea or coffee for a human. Wild parrots feeding on poppies are destroying poppy crops in Madhya Pradesh, India. Opium specialist Dr. RS Chundawat said that once the birds feel the energy, they quickly become addicted. bbc.com/news/world-asia-i…
Steve Irwin would take on crocodiles and other dangerous animals, but the one animal he was afraid of were parrots. pensandpatron.com/lifesty…
Humans are not the only animal that likes to get drunk. Australian parrots have discovered that sugar spilt from cane trucks and wet by dew overnight can rapidly ferment in the Sun, providing free booze. sciencefocus.com/science/…
In 2013, a photographer recorded seventeen seconds of footage of an elusive night parrotβ€”a Lazarus species that hadn't been spotted in nearly a century. A bird expert called it "the bird-watching equivalent of finding Elvis flipping burgers in an outback roadhouse." newyorker.com/magazine/20…
Today I learned of Yosuke the lost African grey parrot who was reunited with his owners after reciting their full address and his name to the veterinarian who found him. "I'm Mr. Yosuke Nakamura," the bird told the veterinarian. nbcnews.com/id/24753683/n…
An endangered parrot in New Zealand would only mate with people's heads, so they made an ejaculation helmet for people to wear, the parrot to fuck and the helmet to collect the rare semen. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
In 1931, a 15 year old girl suffering from paralysis was mistakenly injected with blood from a pet parrot after her family physician called a nearby hospital for advice and misheard "parent's blood" as "parrot's blood" cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc…
Ravens can speak better than parrots, enjoy playing in the snow, make their own toys, and do weird things with ants mentalfloss.com/article/5…
The mascot of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Pirate Parrot, was implicated for buying cocaine and introducing professional baseball players to a drug dealer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maj…
Parrot fish poop, on average, 700 pounds of sand per year. virgin.com/virgin-unite/l…
The first animal to ask an existential question was from a parrot named Alex. He asked what color he was, and learned that it was "grey". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
There are an estimated 550 wild parrots living in NYC that were accidentally released from a shipment at JFK airport in the late 60s nytimes.com/2014/09/17/ny…
Scientists studied a parrot for 30 years and found he had the intelligence of a five-year-old human. He had a vocabulary of 150 words and could ask for a banana. If he was offered a nut instead, he would stare in silence, ask for the banana again, or take the nut and throw it at the researcher. allenschool.edu/blog/heal…
Humans are the only species that can understand a rhythm and predict a beat. whereas animals (with the exception of very few individual animals,e.g Snowball parrot) can only react to the beat but not predict it. frontiersin.org/articles/…
There are only two parrots native to North America. The Carolina Parakeet, declared extinct in 1939 and the thick-billed parrot of the SW US, that has since migrated to Mexico. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Parrotfish have a parrot-like beak, made from their teeth being tightly packed together. Some also create a mucus bubble around themselves while sleeping to help protect against predators. Some are also sequential hermaphrodites, meaning they change genders (f to m) as part of a natural phase. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
Andrew Jackson's pet parrot was thrown out of Jackson's funeral for cursing too much presidentialpetmuseum.com…
After Nigel the English-speaking African grey parrot vanished from his owner's California home for four years, making a return fairly unlikely, amazingly he not only returned but could now speak Spanish. mashable.com/2014/10/14/s…
In the 80's, a container containing parrots in Athens broke and parrots from South America and Asia prospered in Athens' climate. Some owners released theirs in the "wild", establishing parrot colonies. greece.greekreporter.com/…

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