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Thickbilled Parrot

Scientific Name:
Rhynchopsitta pachyryncha

Status:
Endangered

Distribution:
Forested mountains of the Sierra Madre Occidental in Chihuahua and Durango, Mexico.

Habitat:
Mature pine, fir, spruce, oak and conifer forests.

Diet:
Pine cones, acorns and other seeds, juniper berries, fruit, vegetable matter

Length:
15-16 inches

Reproduction:
1-2 eggs hatch after 28 days of incubation. Young hatch blind, naked and helpless and are fed regurgitated food by both parents. The chicks leave the nest at about 8 weeks of age and may be recognized by their lighter colored beaks.

General Description:
Generally green in color with a broad red band on the forehead and red blotches on the bend of the wings and thighs.Behavior: Live in flocks of 7 or 8 to up to 1000 birds. In the morning they break up into small groups and fly to feeding areas. When flying in flocks they exhibit V or line formations.

Did you know? The only living parrot native to North America, thick-billed parrots disappeared from the United States in 1935. The species was put on the endangered species list in 1979. The El Paso Zoo, in cooperation with Mexican conservation groups, is working both here and in Mexico to help save this magnificent bird. The El Paso Zoological Society is sponsoring a Pennies for Parrots campaign. Donations to help conserve these birds in captivity and in the wild can be sent to the El Paso Zoological Society, P.O. Box 10179, El Paso, Texas 79995.

Where can you find them? Zoos and protected natural habitats in Mexico. Historically they were found in Arizona but reintroduction efforts have been unsuccessful.

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