Rainforest Parrots

The Rainforest Parrot (Psittaciformes) is the most colourful bird in the rainforests. It is both a plant eater and a meat eater. It is beautifully colourful with bold colours of red, green, black, white and blue.

The Rainforest Parrot is found in the tree top layer of the forests where it flaps around leading an interesting life. There are many different species of Rainforest Parrot, yet they are a distinctive group of birds that everyone recognises. Rainforest Parrots are popular due to their beautiful, colourful plumage and interesting behaviour.

The Parrot group also includes cockatoos, Lorikeets, Rosellas, parakeets, macaws and lovebirds.

Rainforest Parrots have adapted to living in the rainforests and even on savannahs and mountains. Rainforest Parrots feed on seeds, fruits, roots, nectar, fungi and wood-burrowing insects.

Rainforest Parrots are a nocturnal species which means they sleep during the day and are awake at the night time.

Rainforest Parrots are also most recognisable by the well-developed beak. A large hook-shaped, down-curved top beak over a smaller up-curved lower beak. They have a broad skull with a large brain case, which constitutes towards their intelligence. Most parrots like to talk and mimic sounds and phrases.

Parrots, unlike most other birds, do not build nests. They raise their young in tree hollows or excavate holes in banks, cliff faces or termite mounds.

Parrots have a highly sociable nature and can make wonderful, funny, amusing pets.

Rainforest Parrots include the Scarlet Macaw, the Blue and Yellow Macaw, the Great Green Macaw, the Military Macaw and the Mealy Parrot. Click on a particular parrot to find out more about each species.