Photo: Rick & Nora Bowers/Vireo

Thick-billed Parrot

Rhynchopsitta pachyrhyncha

This large parrot feeds on pine cones in the mountains of Mexico, moving around nomadically with changes in the cone crop. It was formerly a sporadic visitor to the mountains of Arizona and New Mexico, but the last big invasions were in the 1920s. In the 1990s, small numbers from Mexico were released into the Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona, with the hope that a resident population would become established, but the experiment has not resulted in a viable local population.
Family African and New World Parrots
This large parrot feeds on pine cones in the mountains of Mexico, moving around nomadically with changes in the cone crop. It was formerly a sporadic visitor to the mountains of Arizona and New Mexico, but the last big invasions were in the 1920s. In the 1990s, small numbers from Mexico were released into the Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona, with the hope that a resident population would become established, but the experiment has not resulted in a viable local population.
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Illustration © David Allen Sibley.
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Text © Kenn Kaufman, adapted from
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A gentle, talkative ahhr and a-ha-ha-ha, soft for a parrot.
Audio © Lang Elliott, Bob McGuire, Kevin Colver, Martyn Stewart and others.
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