The Parrot

Is there more to the parrot than pop art colours and raucous shrieks? One international study found the parrot to be the cleverest animal in the world–outsmarting other contenders like monkeys and dolphins. But they may be too clever for their own good. Former cocaine smugglers are finding there’s more money today in smuggling parrots!

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Think of Paradise. An azure sky, turquoise lagoon, white sandy beach, and up in the trees is a parrot. No other animal conjures up such images of life in a tropical heaven, which is why everyone from the Emperor Nero to Long John Silver kept parrots as pets. How else could you explain the phenomenal popularity of the Australian budgerigar? In England alone there are five million budgies and it has become the most prevalent parrot in the world.

But is there more to the parrot than pop art colours and raucous shrieks? One international study found the parrot to be the cleverest animal in the world—outsmarting other contenders like monkeys and dolphins. But they may be too smart for their own good. Even former cocaine smugglers are saying ‘no’ to drugs because, pound for pound, there’s more money in smuggling parrots!

The parrot that once perched on the pirate’s shoulder is now more valuable than the gold the pirate so painstakingly buried. Playful and intelligent, parrots are obviously no ordinary bird brains.

Episodes From This Series

The Cow

30 mins / 2001

The Bee

30 mins / 2001

The Shark

30 mins / 2001

The Whale

30 mins / 2001

The Parrot

30 mins / 2001

The Fish

30 mins / 2001

The Butterfly

30 mins / 2001

The Ram

30 mins / 2001

The Dog

30 mins / 2001

The Cat

30 mins / 2001

The Worm

30 mins / 2001

Who was the Real Lord of the Flies

2 Minutes / 2007

The Goldfish and the Emperor

2 Minutes / 2007

How a Moth Saved the Queen of England

2 Minutes / 2007

Dracula Was A Little Batty

3 Minutes / 2007

Are Butterflies the Messengers of the Gods

2 Minutes / 2007