The Classification Of Parrot Species

Moluccan cockatoo

Q: I see the word “genus” used with parrots a lot. What does it mean?

Lydia B., Chandler, AZ

A: Genus is part of the way we categorize the different bird species. It explains how your bird fits into the grand scheme of life on our planet.

If you were to google species information on your bird, you might see the word “taxonomy” come up. Taxonomy is a system of classification that defines your bird’s place as a member of the animal kingdom. It branches off much like a family tree ...

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