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Noble Parrot

Parrot are a family of brightly colored, hook-beaked birds of the tropics. The family includes the macaws, cockatoos, parakeets, and other groups. There are about 350 species of parrots. They inhabit a variety of habitats—especially forests—in the world’s tropical and subtropical regions.

Parrots vary in color, size, and tail length. In most species the plumage is green, yellow, red, white, or black with patches of red, yellow, or blue on the head, wings, and tail. Parrots range in length from 3 ½ to 40 inches (9 cm to 1 m), including the tail. The parrot has a large head, a short neck, and a thick, powerful, down-curved bill. The eyes are small and, in some species, surrounded by a patch of bare flesh. Each foot has two toes pointing forward and two toes pointing backward. The feet and bill are used for grasping, grooming, and climbing. The parrot is unique among birds in using one foot to grasp food while balancing on the other.

Parrots travel in flocks. They communicate by shrieking, squawking, or twittering. They are admired for their beauty, intelligence, and affectionate natures, and for their ability to learn tricks and mimic the human voice. Parrots feed mostly on plant parts, including blossoms, buds, fruit, leaves, nuts, pollen, and seeds. A few parrot species also eat small invertebrates, such as insects and mollusks. Parrots generally nest in holes they find in trees or in rock crevices. Some parrots dig burrows in banks or cliffs. Parrots tend to be monogamous, and the largest species mate for life. In most species, the female incubates the egg, during which time she is fed by the male.

Parrots are generally hardy animals. Smaller parrots, such as cockatiels and budgies, may live about as long as cats and dogs—that is, anywhere from 8 to 15 years. Some small parrots may live for much longer. Larger species such as macaws, cockatoos, Amazons, and African greys are known to live 60 or more years.

Species Descriptions

Noble parrots are quite pleased to serve humans: nowhere else is their fascination with sounds so rewarded. From the subtleties of humanoid language, to the exuberance of man-made music, even to the wonderful creaking and clacking of human machines, their world is full of sounds to hear, study, and savor.

A lot of noble parrots find themselves in service to seagoing humans, who regard them fondly as a pleasant diversion.

Of course, the rare human who discovers his “pet’s” true nature will find that he has an even more valuable friend than he thought.

Noble Parrot Species Traits

  • Ability Score Modifiers: -4 Strength, +6 Dexterity, +2 Wisdom.
  • Size: Tiny.
  • Base Speed: 10 ft., Fly 60 (average).
  • Natural Weapons: talons (1d4) (this is a single attack using both talons).
  • Natural Armor: +2.
  • Special Attacks or Qualities: Any special features of the species available to all members are given here.
  • Senses: Low-light vision (Ex).
  • Bonus Feat: Weapon Finesse.
  • Skills: +8 racial bonus to Perception checks.
  • Family: Avian.
  • Noble Animal Type: Noble parrots have the noble animal type except where superseded by other species traits and features.
  • Social Group: None.
  • Automatic Languages: Common, High Fauna and Raptor.
  • Bonus Languages: Bat, Camel, Canine, Crocodilian, Elephant, Equine, Feline, Herdspeak, Hyena, Lizard, Monitor, Serpent, Simian, Songbird, Ursine, and Woodland.
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The Noble Wild. Copyright 2009 by Lee Garvin and Skirmisher Publishing LLC.