Zoological name: The long-tailed parakeet (Psittacula longicauda),
the rose-ringed parakeet (P. krameri) and the alexandrine parakeet
(P. eupatria) are a few examples.
Distribution: True parrots are distributed in Asia, Africa, America and many other islands.
Habitat: They are found in forests, orchards, near cultivated land etc.
Physical feature: These brightly coloured birds usually have a solid red, green, yellow, white or black with contrasting shades of red, yellow or blue colours on the tails, wings, or head. The salient anatomical features include large head, short neck, short legs, and strongly down-curved hooked bills. The slightly movable upper mandible is loosely articulated with the skull. There is a bulging' cere' at the base of the bill through which the nostril opens. All parrots have zygodactyls feet i.e. the first and fourth toes are backwardly pointed while the second and third toes are forwardly pointed. Toes are armed with powerful hooked claws. The crop is well developed. The tongue is thick and heavily muscled.