Salmon-Crested Cockatoo

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Cockatoos are noisy, flocking parrots that live in Australia, Indonesia, and nearby islands. They are characterized by a large, feathered head crest that they raise in alarm or excitement. Strong, curved bills are used to crack seeds and eat insects and fruits. 

 

Hyacinth Macaw

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Two toes point forward and two toes points backward, allowing the hyacinth macaw to maintain a secure grip.on a tree branch. The hyacinth macaw’s strong, hooked beak is designed for cracking open nuts, a favorite of which is the oil palm nut.

Thick-Billed Parrot

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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.

Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo

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Major Mitchell’s cockatoos are nomadic, following the rain. When the conditions are right and plenty of food is available, they breed. Raising a head crest of feathers to reveal a flash of red and gold, the male arouses the female’s interest. Both parents incubate the eggs and care for the chicks.

Kea

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Unlike most parrots, the kea is adapted to a non-tropical mountain climate and will eat nearly anything edible. Famous for its curiosity and playfulness, the kea has been known to cause quite a bit of damage to the sealing around car windows and windshield wipers with its long, sharp beak.

Golden Conure

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Also known as the Queen of Bavaria conure, the golden conure is bright yellow with green wing feathers. Compared to other parrots, its beak is large relative to its body size, and is used as a “third foot” while climbing. Deforestation and the exotic pet trade are taking a toll on golden conure populations in the wild.

Blue and Gold Macaw

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Macaws are brilliantly-colored, neotropical parrots. They are intelligent, social birds that communicate with each other through loud squawks and screams. Long, flexible toes help the macaw hold onto branches and manipulate objects. The macaw uses its strong beak as both a nutcracker and a ‘third foot’ for climbing.

Bourke’s Parakeet

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Though they nest in trees, Bourke’s parakeets are often called “grass parrots” because they spend much of their time on the ground. Escaping the heat of the day, Bourke’s parakeets forage for seeds at dawn and dusk. Usually in pairs or small groups, hundreds of parakeets converge at waterholes during the dry season.