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Native to dry woodlands of southwestern Africa, this small parrot has established a thriving population around Phoenix, Arizona, with numbers estimated at over 2,000. Escapees from captivity are sometimes seen elsewhere. The birds around Phoenix are usually seen in small flocks. Pairs often nest under the dead fronds of untrimmed palm trees or in holes in giant saguaro cactus.
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Native to dry woodlands of southwestern Africa, this small parrot has established a thriving population around Phoenix, Arizona, with numbers estimated at over 2,000. Escapees from captivity are sometimes seen elsewhere. The birds around Phoenix are usually seen in small flocks. Pairs often nest under the dead fronds of untrimmed palm trees or in holes in giant saguaro cactus.

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