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Cockatoo vs. Parrot

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Cockatoonoun

A bird of the family Cacatuidae with a curved beak and a zygodactyl foot.

Parrotnoun

A kind of bird, many species of which are colourful and able to mimic human speech, of the order Psittaciformes or (narrowly) of the family Psittacidae.

‘I bought a wonderful parrot at the pet store.’;

Cockatoonoun

A lookout posted during a two-up game, when gambling was illegal.

Parrotnoun

A parroter; a person who repeats the words or ideas of others.

‘What kind of a parrot are you? He just said that.’;

Cockatoonoun

A bird of the Parrot family, of the subfamily Cacatuinæ, having a short, strong, and much curved beak, and the head ornamented with a crest, which can be raised or depressed at will. There are several genera and many species; as the broad-crested cockatoo (Plictolophus cristatus or Cacatua cristatus), the sulphur-crested (Cacatua galerita or Plictolophus galeritus), etc. The palm cockatoo or great black cockatoo of Australia is Probosciger aterrimus (formerly Microglossus aterrimus).

Parrotnoun

(archaic) A puffin.

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Cockatoonoun

white or light-colored crested parrot of the Australian region; often kept as cage birds

Parrotnoun

Channel coal.

Cockatoonoun

a parrot with an erectile crest, found in Australia, eastern Indonesia, and neighbouring islands.

Parrotverb

(transitive) To repeat (exactly what has just been said) without necessarily showing understanding, in the manner of a parrot.

‘The interviewee merely parroted the views of her tabloid.’;

Cockatoonoun

a small-scale farmer.

Parrotnoun

In a general sense, any bird of the order Psittaci.

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Cockatoonoun

a lookout posted by those engaged in illegal activity

‘he is alleged to act as cockatoo during these meetings’;

Parrotnoun

Any species of Psittacus, Chrysotis, Pionus, and other genera of the family Psittacidæ, as distinguished from the parrakeets, macaws, and lories. They have a short rounded or even tail, and often a naked space on the cheeks. The gray parrot, or jako (Psittacus erithacus) of Africa (see Jako), and the species of Amazon, or green, parrots (Chrysotis) of America, are examples. Many species, as cage birds, readily learn to imitate sounds, and to repeat words and phrases.

Cockatoo

A cockatoo is any of the 21 parrot species belonging to the family Cacatuidae, the only family in the superfamily Cacatuoidea. Along with the Psittacoidea (true parrots) and the Strigopoidea (large New Zealand parrots), they make up the order Psittaciformes.

Parrotverb

To repeat by rote, without understanding, as a parrot.

Parrotverb

To chatter like a parrot.

Parrotnoun

usually brightly colored zygodactyl tropical birds with short hooked beaks and the ability to mimic sounds

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Parrotnoun

a copycat who does not understand the words or acts being imitated

Parrotverb

repeat mindlessly;

‘The students parroted the teacher's words’;

Parrot

Parrots, also known as psittacines , are birds of the roughly 398 species in 92 genera comprising the order Psittaciformes , found mostly in tropical and subtropical regions. The order is subdivided into three superfamilies: the Psittacoidea ( parrots), the Cacatuoidea (cockatoos), and the Strigopoidea (New Zealand parrots).

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