Family African and New World Parrots
Habitat Wide range of habitats including tropical rain forest, woodlands wet woodlands, cultivated areas with trees, plantations. Mostly below 2,500 feet.
A large, short-tailed parrot, native from eastern Mexico to northwestern South America. In southern California and southern Texas, birds escaped from captivity are often seen mixed in with flocks of other feral parrots, such as Red-crowned and Yellow-headed Parrots.


3-4 white eggs laid in a tree cavity. 26 day incubation and chicks fledge in about 60 days after hatching.

Illustration © David Allen Sibley.
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Text © Kenn Kaufman, adapted from
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Songs and Calls

Produces a wide variety of sounds, from high-pitched trilling, to loud, metallic scolding.
Audio © Lang Elliott, Bob McGuire, Kevin Colver, Martyn Stewart and others.
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