We sat outside late one Friday afternoon when Little Captain suddenly said “parrot”. It came flying in on the porch and out again when our dog, let’s call him King James (he surely acts as if he is king and we are his followers) barked loud and chased him away. We calmed King James down and took him into the house and the parrot came down, sat on my husband and ate his food from his hand.
At that moment my mother called me, so I told her about the parrot and she sent my brother with a cage that they used once before.
Hubby quickly asked all the neighbors, but no one had a bird missing. He phoned the pet shop down the road. They used to sell these beautiful birds, but only sell fish now and to quote him their “fish doesn’t fly away”. We also phoned two veterinarians in the area and gave our number if someone should contact them about a lost parrot. I advertised on various Facebook groups but no luck finding the owner. There was one lady that came to see if it is her bird that flew away 5 months ago, but she said it is not the same parrot. After 2 weeks we decided that Polly the parrot would be the newest addition to our family.
Today I want to share with you 10 fun facts that we learned about parrots.
- There are more than 350 different species of parrots in the world.
- They are beautiful with the most amazing colors, although some species can be grey or white.
- They are loud and noisy. Try putting a baby to sleep when they want to shout.
- They are very clever and some of them can talk and imitate sounds.
- According to our local veterinarian, apples have no nutritional value to them; rather give yellow and orange fruit and vegetables, like mango, peaches, carrots, butternut, etc. Many parrots are omnivores and can eat meat as well.
- When you want to clip their wings is it apparently better to cut only one so that they are off-balance and can’t fly away.
- Parrots have very good eyesight… maybe it is from eating all those carrots?
- Some parrots have a very long lifespan and it is possible for some of them to outlive their owners.
- To be classified as a parrot the birds need to have a curved beak and four toes on every foot, two facing forward and two facing backward.
- Parrots use their feet to hold their food when they eat.
What an interesting pet to have!