Did Parrots Exist in Prehistoric Days?
Indeed, parrots are one of the oldest species that lived on earth since prehistoric times, and some fossils and their remains confirm that they have not changed in their size or shape for thousands of years.
In Sanskrit literature, we read a lot, about parrots and other birds. They have always been popular as pets and companions too. Even in ancient days, sailors took them along their voyages as companions.
Parrots are basically tropical birds and like to live in forests. They move together usually in flocks. They make their nests in the holes of big trees to lay eggs. Parrots are vegetarians unlike many birds who eat insects. They enjoy eating fruits, nuts, grains and vegetables such as chillis full of seeds.
Parrots can be seen swinging from branch to branch using their bills as well as their feet while searching their food. Their claws are very useful for them. Holding a small branch with one claw, a parrot can enjoy holding and eating his food with the other claw.
There are more than 600 species of parrots, living mostly in the tropical countries. Many of these can be taught to “speak” some words. The African gray parrot is considered the most intelligent bird and also the best talker.
Parrots are usually colourful birds and look beautiful. Besides, they are strong and hardy in the sense that they can adjust to different climates and places. Parrots can live well in captivity and usually have a very long life.