Interesting facts about parrots

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  1. Parrots appeared in Russia at the very end of the 15th century. In 1490, King Maximilian I of Germany sent the outlandish bird as a gift to Sophia Palaeologus, the wife of Ivan III, the Grand Duke of Moscow. And at the end of the 16th century, the parrot was mentioned in the inventory of the property of Tsar Boris Godunov.
  2. Parrots ingest food in an original way: they peck it in their paws. Bird watchers cannot explain this feature; of all birds, only parrots do this. Interestingly, among parrots there are left-handers and right-handers, some hold food in their left paw, others in their right.
  3. The hyacinth macaw is one of the largest and most expensive parrot species. The largest individuals reach a length of one meter, half are on the tail. These parrots are native to the rainforests of South America. This species has a very beautiful plumage - cobalt blue. But, this beauty has become the reason that the hyacinth macaw is on the verge of extinction: the bird was caught in huge quantities for sale. By the end of the twentieth century, about 3, 000 individuals remained in the wild. Now the number has been approximately doubled.
  4. Woodpecker parrots are the smallest among their relatives. They live in New Guinea and neighboring islands. The body length is no more than 10 centimeters, and the weight is 10-15 g. Woodpecker parrots quickly get used to being kept in captivity, but it is almost impossible to teach them to reproduce human speech.
  5. In Europe, parrots appeared in the era of Alexander the Great, they were brought from India. And in ancient Rome, only a very wealthy person could afford to have a parrot - a bird cost more than a slave. Every parrot was taught to repeat the word "Caesar". The birds were taught by teachers who received a lot of money for their work.
  6. In the wild, budgerigars mate very carefully. After all, the spouses live together until the last day. If, for any reason, one of the birds dies, the other remains alone.
  7. In the US state of Idaho, firefighters are on call. Suddenly shouts of "Help!" Were heard from the burning house. There were no people in the house, but two parrots who were kept in a cage and could not leave the premises asked for help.
  8. Parrots are not nearly as harmless as they might seem at first glance. For example, in New Zealand, kea parrots are the real enemies for local farmers, who claim that these bloodthirsty birds attack sheep in flocks and are able to peck them to death. Scientists say that not all representatives of this species of parrots are so cruel, but some, indeed, do not mind including lamb in their diet.
  9. Well-known Australian naturalist Steve Irwin is known as a true daredevil. He perfectly found a "common language" with both crocodiles and poisonous snakes. But, even this brave man had a small weakness - he was afraid of parrots. True, Steve died from a stingray fish that struck a naturalist in the heart during underwater filming.
  10. One third of all parrot species are now endangered. The main reasons are poaching, trapping for the purpose of selling and destruction of the natural habitat of these birds.