After years of deception and miscommunication, meaning from Hollywood television and other forms of media outlets, the true meaning of cold-blooded and warm-blooded animals and creatures has been taken out of context and lost its original meaning.
What was once considered a personality trait of mean aggressive and “cold” people, the true definition and scientific explanation will be revealed today, as well as answering the important question for us parrot owners, “are parrots cold or warm-blooded”
The answer is, well… sort of, warm-blooded. Parrots do appear to largely fit on to what is viewed as “warm-blooded animals”. Many people in the scientific community would point to this group to identify parrots. There is a slight degree of ambiguity, however, which we will further uncover later. But if parrots had to be labeled as one or the other, then warm-blooded is certainly the most appropriate definition for our feathery friends.
Some of the topics we will gloss over today include:
What actually are warm-blooded animals?
What actually are cold-blooded animals?
Are parrots warm-blooded or cold-blooded?
What does it all mean? (In more detail)
Let’s get right into the details if this fascinating debate.
What do warm-blooded and cold-blooded mean?
Put simply, cold-blooded animals cannot regulate their own body temperature, and therefore their body temperature is determined by their external environment.
Alternatively, warm-blooded animals maintain a constant body temperature (which they maintain) and do not fluctuate in response to a change in the external environment.
For example, if it’s cold outside, you would find that warm-blooded animals make their own statements to adapt to the environment and create their own source of internal heat to keep their body warm.
Similarly, when it’s very hot outside, the warm-blooded animals (although contradictory to the term ‘warm blooded’) attempt to keep their body temperature relatively cool in order to withstand the requirements of the environment.
On the other hand, when a cold-blooded animal is in a cold environment, they cannot maintain their own body temperature, and thus, it will decrease in order to match the temperature of the environment.
Likewise, the reverse situation will occur should cold-blooded animals find themselves in a hot environment.
It’s on the basis of being able to maintain one’s own heat, and not being influenced by the environmental factors that create the basis of warm-blooded and cold-blooded animals.
This phenomenon is referred to in the scientific community as the process of thermal homeostasis.
So to conclude, essentially, Animals such as birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians are categorized by this explanation of thermal homeostasis, which, as we know, refers to the maintenance of their body temperature in two ways, which allows for the categorization of both warm-blooded and cold-blooded animals.
These subtle differences and features between their respective way of life and ability to adapt to environmental changes are ultimately based on evolution, in a matter of survival.
Are Parrots Warm-Blooded or Cold-Blooded?
Now, in the answer above at the beginning of the article, you may have picked up on how reluctant I was to claim, “Yes! Parrots are a completely warm blooded animal!”
I am going to explain why now.
The truth is, that the terms cold bloodiness and warm bloodiness are two phrases that have largely gone out of favor in the scientific community, this is because thanks to the incomprehensible diversity that exists in nature today, no animal or species will perfectly fit into one of these two categories.
Recent advances in the scientific study of how animals regulate their own internal temperature show that the initial categories of warm-blooded and cold-blooded animals were actually far exact.
Many species fit much nicer into a “graded” range of scores from one extreme to the other, which in this case is obviously cold-blooded as one extreme and warm-blooded as the other.
This diversity includes their own exterior value in greater eco-friendly behavior, as well as the exploitation of various ecological niches.
So what does this all mean?
Well. There you have it, folks.
There is the answer.
Parrots are, predominately, a warm-blooded species.
However, in order to truly appreciate this fact, we would need to understand more about what it genuinely means to be warm-blooded or cold-blooded.
You might ask for example, upon hearing this news whether it was actually better to be warm-blooded or cold-blooded.
Let’s explain that.
Warm-blooded animals offer a nice, cozy, warm and stable environment for bacteria and fungi to live.
The result of this is that numerous kinds of conditions can form from the bacteria and germs that live.
On the other hand, cold-blooded animals are able to escape such infections by continually changing their body temperature from one extreme to the other in order to hamper the bacteria’s development.
However, this shouldn’t, of course, be of any concern whatsoever to parrot owners, as being warm-blooded does come with its own set of advantages too.
For example, warm-blooded parrots would have been able to stay in a chilly environment during the changes of the season, whereas cold-blooded animals essentially have no other choice but to relocate.
Also, warm-blooded animals have the added advice of being able to stay energetic, search for food and resources, while safeguarding themselves in a number of different temperature levels.
Whereas cold-blooded animals could only do this when they are sufficiently warm.
Cold-blooded animals also have to reach a standard body temperature before they can advance to find a companion and produce offspring.
In the entire spectrum of warm-blooded animals, parrots seem to be in a relatively good position.
Due to the fact that in warm-blooded animals, their heat loss is proportional to the size of their body mass, it would suggest that larger warm-blooded animals seem to be at an advantage, as warm-blooded animals that are small may lose their warmth quicker.
However, luckily for our feathery little friends, while they may seem particularly small in the animal kingdom, in the grand scheme of things, they are actually quite large.
This means that they can, in fact, benefit from the aforementioned advantages of a slightly larger body mass, meaning they need slightly less food than some other warm-blooded breeds.
In conclusion then, it is more complicated than just placing a level of cold-blooded or warm-blooded on any given animal breed.
As we now know, there is a much more complicated and wider debate surrounding the topic.
If we had to pick one or the other, we could label our feathery friends as being warm-blooded, since they maintain a consistent body temperature all year round.
Over time, these differences have manifested themselves as having both advantages and drawbacks.
Neither of which, should cause any concerns for parrot owners with regard to the long term health of their pet parrot.
Thank you so much for reading, and I hope to see you all again soon.