Parrots are reputed to live to great ages – over 100 years if some reports are to be believed. Less well-known are the incredible longevities racked up by some very small pet and wild birds. I’ve kept a casual tally of the ages attained by many of the species I cared for at the Bronx Zoo, and recently reviewed some published studies on this subject.
A recent review of zoo collections, published in the International Zoo Yearbook (please see below), did not uncover any 100 year-old parrots. The most celebrated parrot in this category, a macaw named Charlie, is reputed to be 104 years old. Said to have been owned by Winston Churchill, Charlie now lives in Surrey, England, where he passes his time by screaming anti-Nazi sentiments. Unfortunately his history, and connection to his renowned former owner, could not be traced. Read More »