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parret.jpg (28597 bytes) Parrot, common name applied to any of about 340 species of brightly colored birds that make up the parrot family. Groups of parrots that have their own common names include the cockatoos, lories, lovebirds, macaws, and parakeets.

Parrots have curved, hooked bills and short legs. Their toes are zygodactyl,—that is, the first and fourth are turned backward. They walk awkwardly but are excellent climbers, often using their bills to pull themselves up to a higher branch. In most parrots the tongue is thick and muscular, used deftly for manipulating seeds, which, with fruit, are their principal food. Scientific classification: Micropsitta pusio