You can’t parrot this colour, as reported in Biology Letters, DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2004.0269. Kevin McGraw of the Department of Neurobiology and Behaviour, Cornell University, has studied the vibrant reds, orange and yellow feathers of 44 species of parrots and found that they make a group of five pigments called psittacofulvins that have not been found in any other animal or bird. All 44 species studied used the same group of pigments. The variation in colour in parrot feathers comes from variations in the concentration of the pigments. Other types of colourful birds use carotenoids from their food to produce red, orange and yellow colours.

Editorial Comment: Parrots have other distinctive features, such as the ability to move both upper and lower beaks, plus one of the largest brain weights per body weight for birds, plus no evidence fossil or living to indicate they are related to other birds. This should be no surprise if you believe Genesis, which tells us God made birds as separate kinds. At least seven parrots were taken on Noah’s ark and after the flood have spread out all over the world. There are now many varieties of parrots but this is not evolution – it is the result of inbuilt variation potential within the original Parrot kind. (Ref. parrots, pigments, kinds)