Parrots are a large order of birds distinguished by their curved beaks and zygodactyl toes (two forward, two facing back). Most parrots live in tropical climates and eat a diet of fruits, nuts, seeds, flowers, and insects. They have become popular pets because of their beautiful colors, boisterous personalities, and vocal abilities. Common types of parrots include macaws, Amazons, lorikeets, budgerigars, lovebirds, and cockatoos.