Rhythm, Rhyme and Reason
Monte's World - Monte the Parrot (and his fine feathered friends).
Find out more about Monte's home, mom and dad, food and what he likes to do in tropical Mexico. Monte the Parrot invites you to come and explore his world!
Parrots are among the most exotic and versatile of birds. Their ability to bond with humans, cleverness and longevity has endeared them to us. They have been an inspiration for artists, graphic designers and decorators. They inspire because there is no need to improve upon nature. The birds themselves are sumptuous enough!
The first parrots in Mediterranean cultures were probably brought to ancient Greece. They soared to popularity as pets during the days of the Roman Empire because they could imitate the human voice. Parrots were high priced luxuries that came with position in society. Cages for these birds were elaborately designed and made of precious metals such as silver.
Mexican trade in parrots thrived before and after the arrival of the Spaniards in 1519. The capital city of the Aztec civilization with its libraries, zoos and aviaries was stocked with thousands of birds in carefully controlled environments. Parrots were highly prized for their beautiful plumage which was added to textiles, warriors' quilted armor, headdresses and cloaks for the nobility. The pampered birds were placed upon their eggs by hand during the incubation process. Feathers were harvested carefully without harm to the parrots and were considered an elite commodity.
Psittaciformes constitute a vast range of parrots, lorries, cockatoos and parakeets, varying in length from Pygmy Parrots of little more than 6" to the enormous Hyacinth Macaw that can reach lengths of three feet or more. This rare member of the parrot family is an endangered species, and less than 5,000 are known to exist. Fortunately, for enthusiasts and serious breeders, parrots and macaws are now being raised in captivity and reintroduced into their natural surroundings.
Parrots have successfully adapted to environments that do not conform to their native habitats. Many birds that escape from captivity settle in urban spaces while others find new homes in the countryside. In Mexico it is common to see parakeets appearing as startling additions in gardens and patios where seeds have been scattered. More than 330 different species distribute themselves from equatorial jungles of Brazil to regions near the Antarctic.
Amazon parrots are dwellers of the high trees, nesting close to the crowns where their coloring renders them invisible. Despite their camouflage the poaching of large numbers in the wild for sale continues. Because flocks are diminishing and their offspring are slow to develop many parrots face extinction today.
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