Parrots, also known as psittacines, are among the most intelligent of birds. They are characterized by strong, curved beaks, sharp claws, brightly colored feathers, and their uncanny ability to mimic not only a variety of sounds, but also human speech. The order is subdivided in three families: the Psittacidae ('true' parrots), the Cacatuidae (cockatoos) and the Strigopidae (New Zealand parrots).
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