Tuesday, October 18, 2011

World Bird Wednesday: Pesquet's Parrot

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A Pesquet's Parrot (Psittrichas fulgidus) at the Wilhelma- that's a species I hadn't heard of before. It's not often shown in zoos because it's so highly specialised, it feeds only on a small number of fig species.

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This one is a male, he has a small patch of red feathers behind his eye which females don't have. The naked face makes this parrot look a bit like a vulture, it's sometimes called Vulturine Parrot. The species is native to New Guinea and is hunted for both meat and feathers and also for the pet trade. All this has caused the population to decline rapidly.

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They are large birds, much bigger than an African Grey Parrot for example, more than 40cm long. This guy here was very interested in the movement of my camera lens and eventually flew in for a closer look. I would have loved to pet him, but that impressive beak made me think twice about that.

I took a ton of bird photos at the Wilhelma, but two birds I cannot identify. Maybe you can help me. The first is some kind of shore bird. Unfortunately, I cannot tell you where it is supposed to live, since shorebirds from all over the world where group together in this exhibit:
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John identified this bird for me, a Blacksmith Lapwing (Vanellus armatus).

and here's one that is native to Africa (I know, not that much help) - from its overall shape, I would think it's some kind of thrush. The breast is coloured light grey. I looked through the thrush section of the Bird Photos website but didn't find it (it's a great resource nevertheless).
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Sources and further reading on Pesquet's Parrot:
Wikipedia
Birdlife
Papageien.org
Arkive

More birds at World Bird Wednesday

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