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Unravel the Mysterious Lifespan of Parrots: 2 Years to 80+

Explore the incredible diversity in parrot lifespans and the fascinating factors contributing to their longevity, reshaping our understanding of these intelligent creatures.

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STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • There are more than 350 types of parrots, or psittacines; smaller parrots may live an average of eight to 15 years, according to some estimates, while others may live 25 to 50 years
  • A study of more than 130,000 individual parrots uncovered a wide range of lifespans, including an average of two years for fig parrots and 30 years for scarlet macaws
  • The sulphur crested cockatoo came in with an average lifespan of 25 years, but some birds lived much longer — more than 80 years
  • When comparing lifespan and brain size, the researchers found that bigger brain size was associated with longer lives in parrots
  • It’s suggested that bigger brains are indicative of greater intelligence, which gives parrots a survival advantage

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