70 years of helping people to care for our ocean

By Ann Kunz 

Fishy Friday

Do parrotfish have a beak? Why is it called a parrotfish?

Parrotfish are brightly coloured reef fish which all have a beak-like jaw formed by fused teeth.  They use their powerful jaws to scrape algae off the rocks and bite corals during feeding. 

The algae that live within the corals are removed in the fish’s stomach and the unwanted crushed coral is passed out of the fish.  Just think of it – much of the coral sand found around coral reefs has already passed through a parrotfish!!