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Species  There are over 350 different parrot species.  
Physical Characteristics Characteristic features of parrots include a strong curved bill, an upright stance, strong legs, and clawed zygodactyl feet.
Life Expectancy The average life span of a large parrot is 75 years.  Most animals live longer in captivity than their wild counterparts.  The opposite is true of birds because they are very susceptible to airborne pollution.
Reproduction The chicks grow incredibly fast and require a great deal of food to fuel the growth.  Typically only one  or  two chicks from a single clutch will survive.  The average clutch is about two or three eggs.  The length of gestation varies, depending on the size of the bird
 Vision   The ability to see detail and color is better in parrots than in most mammals.
 Hearing  The discrimination of sound waves and ability to localize the direction of sound are well developed and similar to that of humans.  However, parrots appear  less sensitive to higher and lower vocal tones as compared to humans.
 Smell The sense of smell is present, but poorly developed.
 Taste   Birds can taste, but compared to mammals, this sense is poorly developed.  Taste buds in birds are found on the roof of the mouth, not the tongue.