Are you as smart as a parrot? Take the following quiz to find out how much you know about these beautiful and intelligent birds.
(The answers are at the far bottom, but no peeking just yet!)
1) How many different kinds of parrots are there in the world?
(A) Around 100
(B) Around 300
(C) Around 500
2) How many toes does a parrot have on each foot?
3) How long is the largest parrot, from beak to tail?
(A) One foot
(B) Two feet
(C) Three feet
4) Where do most parrots make their nests?
(A) In a hole in a tree
(B) On the branch of a tree
(C) Near the roots of a tree
5) Which of the following birds is NOT a parrot?
(A) A cockatiel
(B) A mynah
(C) A love bird
6) Which of the following is something parrots don’t like?
(A) Being alone
(B) Taking baths
(C) Eating vegetables
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1) (B) There are more than 300 different kinds of parrots living all around the world.
2) (C) Parrots have four toes on each foot. Two toes point frontward and two point backward. Parrots use these feet for climbing trees and for holding their food while they eat.
3. (C) The largest parrot in the world is the hyacinth macaw, native to South America. It measures more than three feet from the tip of its beak to the tip of its tail.
4. (A) Most, though not all, parrots make their nests in holes in trees. One exception is the Quaker parakeet, native to South America, which builds large communal nests of sticks on tree branches or telephone poles.
5. (B) Although mynah birds are good talkers like many parrots, they are actually members of the starling family. A cockatiel is a member of the parrot family native to Australia. A love bird is a small parrot native to Africa.
6. (A) Parrots are social animals, and in the wild they live in flocks. They get very sad if left alone for a long time. Taking baths and eating vegetables, however, are two of their very favorite things to do.
5-6 correct: Congratulations! You are as smart as a parrot!
0-4 correct: Sorry! If you were a parrot, or as smart as one, you would know the answers. We suggest you study more. Start by reading If You Were a Parrot by Katherine Rawson.