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Parrots
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   8.34

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     challenging words:    anatomy, brush-tongued, communal, hair-like, kakapos, lorikeets, moreover, tough-shelled, vocabulary, yoga, upright, devour, species, distinctive, feathery, nocturnal
     content words:    Guinness Book, World Records, Most Proficient Talking Bird, New Guinea, New Zealand, South America, North America


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1     Parrots are birds with both beauty and intelligence! Wearing colorful, feathery outfits, parrots are famous for carrying out tricks such as riding miniature bikes and solving puzzles. Of course, parrots are best known for their ability to imitate human voices. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, an African gray parrot named Prudle had a vocabulary of more than 800 words and won the title of the Most Proficient Talking Bird!
 
2     With over 340 different species in the world, some bear the word "parrot" in their names, but others don't. Those that choose to conceal their parrot identity include cockatoos, lories, lorikeets, parakeets, macaws, budgerigars, and lovebirds.
 
3     Regardless of whether they are called parrots or not, they all have the same anatomy. Members of the parrot family have short yet strong necks and large heads with hooked beaks. Because parrots have hinges connecting their beaks to their skulls, they can open their beaks wider than other birds. The sharpness of their beaks also allows them to crack open all sorts of tough-shelled nuts.

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