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know what they are saying.
are just good copycats.
are proud of being able to speak.
There are more than _____ different species of parrots.
Parrots can grab branches with their feet so tightly that
the branches are choked off the tree.
they can hang upside down if they want to.
no predator can carry them away.
Parrots belong to three main groups: the parrots and parakeets; the lories and lorikeets; and
the macaws and macawakeets.
Parrot eggs look a lot like
large white marbles.
Mated parrots usually stay together
until their eggs hatch.
until the young leave the nest.
A parrot's bones are
loosely fitted together for easier flying.
Many kinds of parrots have a small ring of bare skin around
Parrots only live in warm, tropical places.
The biggest parrots are the
At three weeks, a parrot's first real feathers are starting to grow. They look like pins, so they are called
Mother parrots stay with their chicks while father parrots
scout around the nest for predators.
go out to get food for them.
Cockatoos in zoos have lived more than
Parrots can use their feet to
bring food to their mouths.
measure the distance to a food source.
Some parrots build nests in strange places—like
deep in caves and underground burrows.
in hanging vines and thick spider webs.
inside termite mounds and cactuses.
All parrots have _____ bills.
Parrots mostly eat
seeds, nuts, and fruits.
insects, larvae, and leaves.
worms, spiders, and carrion.
One purpose of a parrot's bright coloring is
so that parrots of the same species can find each other.
to attract predators.
to make it feel pretty.
What trait is characteristic of most cockatoos?
They have sharp spines on the tips of their tails.
They have blue eyes.
They can raise or lower the crests of feathers on top of their heads.
Lories have funny-looking tongues to collect nectar. Their tongues
are hollow like straws.
look like tiny brushes with hundreds of little bristles.
are longer than their bodies.
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