The Parrot Page

Each parrot is shown at a different scale, appropriate to
filling the EnjoyBirds screen with its illustration.

Composite of all the illustrations (each copyrighted) of the family Psittacidae from the software product: EnjoyBirds.

This plate is now out of date. It was assembled from the original 52 EnjoyBirds parrot species illustrations, converted into a JPG file and then reduced in size for this web page.

Many of the species illustrations have recently been redone, and the species range polygon data have been edited in response to the June, 2003 issue of Birding magazine, for ABA members, edited by Ted Floyd.   This terrific issue had several articles on parrot species that now can be found in many American states and cities.  One covered the amazing adaptation to northern cities by the Monk Parrot. An article by Bill Pranty and Kimball L. Garrett on identifying any and all parrots in the ABA area gave detailed population estimates for fifteen species, as well as carefully considered field marks for each. 

These parrot populations have mostly developed from escaped birds becoming acclimated to the new landscape. Consequently, parrots can be found most likely in centers for international trade - Miami, FL and Los Angeles, CA.

Four of the species described* were not originally included in Version 3.5 of EnjoyBirds, because they are not recognized by the AOU, our source authority, and, aside from these new populations their range is outside our main map.  But we are now working to include those and two species not covered in the article**, so the next software version will allow you to identify everything you might ever see within the project region.

Of course, caged birds continue to frequently escape but seldom survive, let alone breed in northern regions, so keep an eye out for the unexpected.

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* Blue-crowned Parakeet, Red-masked Parakeet, Dusky-headed Parakeet, and Blue-fronted Parrot.

** Sulphur-crested Cockatoo and Cockateil.