Thursday, February 06, 2003

A long way from home

There's an Associated Press article appearing in several newspapers today about a flock of tropical parrots that make their home in Seward Park (Seattle, Washington). The article doesn't even mention what species of parrot they are, but after a bit of sleuthing I found this blurb which says the parrots, native to Peru, are either Chapman's mitred conures (Aratinga mitrata alticola) or scarlet-fronted conures (Aratinga wagleri frontata). Both are kept as pets, though it is unclear whether the flock is the result of an accidental escape, or abandonment by the former owner. This article has more information about the flock, made up of about 10 parrots, which have been in the park for over a decade.

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