Parrots are wonderful creatures! I have one in my family, and she is smart as a whip and lots of fun. She lives in Brooklyn, and when she visits our town we get to hear sirens, trash trucks backing up, cell phone conversations, and myriad other city sounds. Of course she also talks, but it's the sound effects that amuse me the most! She loves fruit, also eats hard-cooked eggs; I'm not sure about seashells and flowers, but my parrot in the picture likes those things too.