Parrots
Introduction


Parrots are very interesting birds the have colors like a rainbow and they mimic your talking like a young. Now do think that is interesting? I sure do. I chose to study parrots because how the talk (mimic), what endangers them, and their history. All of these facts are important because if we did not have parrots in the world it might have been different.

Zinc and its Dangers to parrots
Zinc poisoning (parrots society UK 3-15-04), The main use of zinc is to coat iron and steel witch is called galvanization to prevent the metal from rusting. This has been a popular way to finish steel parrot cages. The birds do require a certain amount of zinc, if they have too much zinc in their system it can affect their liver, kidneys, pancreas, or they could die. There are two types of the disease acute, and chronic. Acute when is when a bird ingests an object containing zinc, (paint flakes witch contain zinc). And a large amount of zinc is ingested at one time. Chronic is when small amounts of zinc are constantly consumed. The symptoms of zinc poisoning to the parrots are weight loss, and weakness. A veterinarian can treat the parrots of zinc poisoning, by injecting calcium in to the birds, but if the bird swallowed a piece of metal the vet has to remove the metal.


History


Parrots have been around for centuries and centuries. “The earliest known reference to a parrot in European literature is dated 397 BC,” (parrots society 3-15-04). In 385-322 BC Aristotle explained a bird similar to a parrot called a psittace. In 50 BC a guy from Rome named Diodorus Siculus wrote that he saw parrots in Syria. Also in AD 50 a guy named Pliny described a bird similar to the other bird descriptions. Around 1194-1250 parrots where highly prized by rulers like Frederick II. His favorite was an Umbrella Cockatoo, which was first shown to him by the Sultan of Babylon. “In 1492, Columbus, following his epic voyage to the new world, he brought back a pair of Cuban amazons for his patron, Queen Isabella of Spain,” (parrot society 3-15-04).


Their diet

What\'s wrong with seeds?
There\'s nothing wrong with seeds. Although inexpensive and cheap to feed parrots with, seed mixes do nothing for parrots. Seed diets are high in fat, and have lots of toxins and they don\'t contain enough protein, and essential vitamins and minerals to maintain parrot health.


That\'s because manufacturers pack mixes with the kinds of seeds typically pressed for vegetable oils (though parrots get the ones rejected by oil manufacturers) and don\'t use enough appropriate seeds. What few good seeds you\'ll generally find in a mix can\'t be metabolized properly because of the inappropriate seeds, but parrots eat seeds in the wild.


Some of the deadliest poisons in the world are manufactured by the plants that parrots eat in the wild, but parrots outsmart the plants by spending half their day eating dirt (a technique known as esophagi) The seeds they eat are coated with deadly toxins and tannins. Parrots eat dirt because it mixes with the toxins and they can pass both substances through their digestive system without being poisoned. Parrots do not worry about the freshness of their food.


Source: http://parrots.com


Parrots are omnivores, the mainly eat plants and seed and sometimes insects and other meat. The plants and the seeds they eat are fruit, buds, nectar, and pollen. The insects that the occasionally eat are like flies and crickets.


Ecology


In recent years it has been encountered most commonly in areas of mixed coconut groves and remnant forest, but it also occurs in coconut monocultures, up to c.950 m. Coconut nectar appears to be an important food source. In addition, at least two pairs have been observed on steep, tree-cropped volcanic slopes. It is a sedentary species, generally found in small groups of 1-4, but occasionally up to 19 birds.


Source: http://www.buschgaedens.org


Threats to their environment


Original forest on Sangihe has been almost completely replaced by cultivation. Moreover, the use of coconut plantations is no certain guarantee that it can survive without adjacent forest patches, which remain inadequately protected. This must constitute the main threat to the species, and the fringes of remaining forest isolates continue to be cleared by