The most colorful of birds with their ability to imitate human speech, the parrot is seen as a symbol of talent, communication, and intelligence.
Negatively, the parrot is often associated with pirates, thanks to the image of a pirate with a parrot on the shoulder, popularized by movies and cartoons. In such cases, parrots can be taken to signify lacking in original thought and subordination.
In India, this beautiful bird is said to aid courtship, because it is the sacred symbol of Kama, the Hindu god of love. Over at the western hemisphere, the Hopi people of Southwest America adopted the parrot as a symbol of the south and abundance.