Q: How big do they get?
SW: The tallest parrot is the hyacinth macaw that reaches 40 in. (102 cm) and the smallest, the buff-faced pygmy parrot grows to only 3.3 in. (8.4 cm).
Q: Are they endangered?
SW: Of the more than 350 parrot species in the world, only a handful continue to thrive in the wild. Many species are endangered or threatened because of habitat destruction and illegal capture for the pet trade.
Q: Do parrots make good pets?
SW: Although parrots are often kept as pets, they are extremely noisy, destructive, often bite, require a lot of attention, and are long-lived. Many pet parrots end up unwanted or displaced. You should only consider having a parrot as a pet if you research the species’ needs and know you can provide the proper level of long-term care to keep it physically healthy and behaviorally enriched.