Close up blue Quaker parrot

Some Birdie Factoids You May Not Know

Last Updated on by Mitch Rezman

Normal Values for a Small Bird

  • Temperature: 108 – 112 Fahrenheit
  • Pulse Rate: 600 – 800 bpm
  • Respiration: 75 – 100 respirations per minute

Normal Values for a Large Bird

  • Temperature: 108 – 112 Fahrenheit
  • Pulse Rate: 200 – 300 bpm
  • Respiration: 30 – 50 respirations per minute

Impress your friends at the next bird club meeting with these tidbits
  • Amazon parrots lack a preening or uropygial gland.
  • African Gray parrots Iris color is black for the first 4 months of age, but changes fully to yellow by 4 years.
  • The pressure exerted by a large macaw beak can be greater than 350 psi so they can access the meat of walnuts, macadamia nuts, or coconuts,
  • The edges of the beak squeezing your finger making you go white and break out in a cold sweat are called “tomias”.
  • Brush-like, papillae-tipped tongues allow lories and lorikeets to eat nectar and pollen. These nectarivores possess a weakly muscled crop, proventriculus, and ventriculus or gizzard.
  • The Quaker Parrot gets their name from their unusual behavior which looks like they’re quaking and shaking. In reality this head bobbing and shaking behavior is quite normal.
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