Family African and New World Parrots
Habitat Tropical woodlands and forests. This habitat provides its main food sources, fruits, seeds, nuts, berries, blossoms and leafy buds of foliage, which is similar to many parrots of the region.
Native to the Pacific slope of southern Mexico and Central America, this parrot - a close relative of the Yellow-headed Parrot - is popular as a cage bird. Escapees from captivity are sometimes seen free-flying in southern cities of the U.S., often associating with flocks of other parrot species.


3-4 eggs are incubated for 26-28 days and the young fledge at 8-12 weeks.

Illustration © David Allen Sibley.
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Text © Kenn Kaufman, adapted from
Lives of North American Birds

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Songs and Calls

Noisy calls early in the morning and again at sunset.
Audio © Lang Elliott, Bob McGuire, Kevin Colver, Martyn Stewart and others.
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