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The popinjay designates the heraldic representation of the parrot, and occurs frequently as a charge in English coat of arms starting from the time of Henry the 3rd.


In Indian culture, the parrot signifies fertility. Kama, the Hindu god of love, is often depicted riding a beautiful parrot as his mount.


In tropical countries, the parrot is used to commemorate business or administrative achievement. Through the centuries, the bird has been kept by the affluent member of society. Evidence suggests that parrots were used in trade, by groups as diverse and pirates and the ancient Toltecs.


From ancient Greece and Rome to the European Middle Ages and beyond, parrots have been kept by the upper classes, the wealthy, and those in positions of power. Parrots are linked with famous people including Alexander the Great, Henry VIII of England, and Marie Antoinette.