Today is World Parrot day
Parrots are wonderful birds of which there are 398 species found mostly in tropical and subtropical regions.
Parrots are mainly plant and seed eaters but there are some carrion and insect eaters among them.
Parrot lineage is difficult to determine as there are very few Parrot fossils available but some studies have suggested they evolved on the super continent Gondwana between 51 - 66 million yerars ago,
Parrot size ranges from the Buff-faced pygmy Parrot at 8cm (3.1 in) to the large Hyacinth Macaw at 1m (3.3 ft) in length.
There is a flightless parrot called the Kakapo in New Zealand which are also known as the Owl Parrot.
Also in New Zealand is the carrion eating parrot called the Kea.
Photo: Rainbow Lorikeet -- By Brendon Crook -- Heathcote, N.S.W, Australia.
More interesting facts on Parrots are linked below:
By Brendon Crook