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Psittacidae (Parrots)
all these parrots are wild or feral populations
Species photographed:
 1. mitred parakeet
 2. red-faced parakeet
 3. white-eyed parakeet
 4. monk parakeet
 5. black-hooded parakeet
 6. blue-crowned parakeet
 7. blue and yellow macaw
 8. chestnut-fronted macaw
 9. yellow-chevroned parakeet
mitred parakeet
mitred parakeet, Kendall, Miami, FL, USA

white eyed parakeet
white eyed parakeet
white-eyed parakeet (Aratinga leucopthalmus). These were outside my apartment.

blue and yellow macaw
blue and yellow macaw drinking coconut water
blue and yellow macaw

Blue and yellow macaw (Ara  macao ) in Coral Gables, Florida, USA.  This individual was in someone’s front yard, drinking coconut water.   There is at least 7 individuals in Coral Gables and South Miami.


monk parakeets

Monk parakeets (Myiopsitta monachus), Miami, FL. 5 May 2007 I saw them on the side of the road while at a stop light.  I quickly pulled out my camera and took this picture through the  passenger side window.  This is the first time I have seen monks feeding on the ground.


black hooded parakeet or Nanday conure

Black-hooded parakeets (Nandayus nenday), Dania, FL, USA.  These parakeets were in a empty lot while I drove by.  I quickly pulled down a side street and took a picture.


blue crowned parakeet or conure
blue-crowned parakeet (Aratinga acuticaudata), Evergreen Cemetery, Ft Lauderdale, FL, USA
red masked parakeet and white eyed parakeet

red masked parakeet and white eyed parakeet

Red-masked parakeet (Aratinga erythrogenys) and white-eyed parakeet (Aratinga  leucopthalmus ), University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, USA


red-faced parakeet
red-faced parakeets on apartment roof
mitred parakeets, Miami, FL, 2009.
Mitred parakeets live in large numbers in Kendall near the Dadeland Mall. In the palm trees directly west of the mall along Kendall Drive next to 826, the parakeets come in the evening to roost. I saw about 500 at one time circling the palm trees as they prepared to roost. In the Kings Creek apartment complex, parakeets are always there perched on buildings or trees.  I have seen juveniles, but I have yet to see a nest. I wonder where they are nesting.
yellow-chevroned parakeet
yellow-chevroned parakeet
yellow-chevroned parakeet
yellow-chevroned parakeet, Fairchild Biological Garden, 2009.
I am always curious what parrots are doing in the city to survive and even flourish in the case of some species such as the yellow-chevroned parakeet. Urban landscapes provide a completely different habitat than what they natively inhabit, so they have to find new food plants and shelter. I am not sure if this parakeet is eating something or finding nesting material. Unfortunately I am not familiar with this fruit, so I do not know if the inside of the fruit is fleshy or just fibrous like cotton. I only saw it remove contton-like fibers, in which it did not seem interested. I think that it was looking for something else inside the fruit.
mitred parakeet
flock of mitred parakeets
Top: mitred parakeet
Bottom: flock of mitred parakeets feeding on fruits in a tree
Kendall, Miami, FL, USA
red masked parakeet
red masked parakeet
Mitred parakeet (top) and red-masked parakeet (Aratinga erythrogenys, below). Several red-masks and a few mitred and white-eyed parakeets were eating the seeds of the Florida black olive (Bucida buceras) in front of my house. I have never been able to get close enough to take a picture or even look at red-masked, white-eyed, or mitred parakeets on any other occasion than when eating black olive seeds.

The mitred parakeet (top) looks like it may be red-masked - mitred hybrid.
yellow chevroned parakeet
yellow chevroned parakeets

Yellow-chevroned parakeets (Brotogeris chiriri) in a palm tree on the University of Miami campus in Miami, Florida, USA.  They come to these palm trees nearly every morning to collect fibers for, I assume, their nest.  They also must be eating something, but I have  not discovered what.  The palms did not have any fruit.


chestnut fronted macaw

Chestnut-fronted macaw (Ara severa), Evergreen Cemetery, Ft Lauderdale, FL, USA.


mitred parakeet

Mitred parakeet (Aratinga mitrata), Kendall, Dade County, FL, USA


red masked parakeet or cherry headed conure

Red-masked parakeet (Aratinga erythrogenys), University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, USA 

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