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 Thick-billed Parrot (Rhynchopsitta pachyrhyncha)




Thick-billed Parrot | Rhynchopsitta pachyrhyncha photo
Thick-billed Parrot,Cincinnati Zoo

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THICK-BILLED PARROT FACTS

Description
The Thick-Billed Parrot is a bright green parrot with a large black bill and a red forehead, red above the eyes, red shoulders and red on the thighs. Adults have amber colored eye. Juveniles have brown eyes. The leading edge of the underside of the wing is red, with a blackish green stripe and yellow stripe behind the red. They roost in flocks.

Size
38cm

Environment
coniferous forest from 1200m to 3600m

Food
seeds from pine cones

Breeding
Nests in tree cavities such as old woodpecker holes

Range
found in the Sierra Madre Occidental of Mexico, and used to found in south western United States.

Notes
The endangered Thick-billed Parrot is well-established in captive breeding programs in zoos across the world.

Conservation Status
The conservation status in the 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals is "endangered".

Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Psittaciformes
Family:Psittacidae
Genus:Rhynchopsitta
Species:pachyrhyncha
Common Name:Thick-billed Parrot