Thick-Billed Parrot

Rhynchopsitta pachyrhyncha

The only living parrot that once ranged in the United States, the thick-billed parrot is dependent on highland pine-oak forests for food and nesting.  Its range has been reduced to a few areas in Mexico where it continues to suffer from habitat loss and the pet trade.  Conservationists are working to protect the forests by encouraging sustainable alternatives to logging such as ecotourism.

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where to see themWhere to see them: Wings of the World
heightHeight: 1.3 ft
weightWeight: 11 to 15 oz
lifespanLifespan: More than 30 years in captivity
habitatHabitat: Mountain forest
dietDiet: Pine cones, acorns, and berries
exclamationRisk Status: Species at Risk (IUCN - Endangered)

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