In present times, conservation is the key to a better future. The world is surely improving technologically, but if we take a deeper look, is it improving? Everywhere we see wastage. Be it of water, food, or other earthly materials. Wastage seems to be the factor connecting them all. We all talk about the wastage that humans do, but on another note, pets too create a mess and waste items, mainly food. Food wasting by parrots is an actual issue, but many studies have revealed that this habit of parrots benefits the environment. Want to know how?
In this article, we will talk about how parrots waste food and how that can benefit the environment and other wild species.
Food Wasting By Parrots: The Study
Anyone who lives with parrots must be tired of cleaning the mess they create all through the day. Whether it is a big chunk of food or a smaller piece of fruit, whatever you give to your parrot, they seem to either drop it or intentionally throw it to the ground. But why do parrots do this?
Many researchers have noticed that even when food such as fruits, flowers, or seeds are really tasty. Parrots seem to taste a bite or two and then drop it to the ground. Is it intentional, or is it an accident that keeps on repeating itself? To get to the root of this, a conservation biologist and ecologist, Esther Sebastian Gonzalez, experimented.
During her research, she studied the behavioral pattern of caged and as well as free parrots. In this research, she closely studied if all of these parrots were of the same nature or whether it was a specialty of only a few parrots of the same category. What did she observe? Let us find out.
Among the 103 species of parrots studied, Gonzalez noticed that almost 80% of the parrots waste food. One hundred three included caged parrots, as well as wild parrots and they, were studied both inside the cages and in the field. Food wasting was found to be common. The most wasted food? Seeds of all kinds, even of the tastiest of plants.
The food that the parrots throw away is helpful for many animal species. One cannot deny that it is the nature of parrots to throw food, but they do so with a purpose. While in the wild, many animals are not privileged to eat what is present at the topmost parts of the trees. Besides, due to the high number of animals, the lower parts of the trees are wiped clean.
So, with the good intention of feeding the other animals, parrots throw even the best of fruits and flowers and seeds which apparently appears to us as food wasting by parrots.
Why do caged parrots do the same, if you ask? Well, just like we had many human traits within us, even when we did not develop them intentionally, this trait is present in parrots since birth. The only thing that develops is its precision to throw better food.
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