For thousands of years, birds of the parrot family have been kept as pets because of their gaudy colours and ability as mimics. There are hundreds of species, almost all of them native to tropical and sub-tropical regions.
Around the year 330, Alexander the Great conquered Persia and shortly thereafter marched his army into India where many battles took place. Upon his return, he brought a few strange and colourfull birds that could talk.
This was the introduction of parrots into European culture and these exotic birds have been part of our lives ever since as pets, companions and friends.
As one owner has said, parrots are exhilarating, funny, frustrating, challenging and always rewarding – like having a two-year-old who will stay that way!