Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Orange-fronted Parakeet

Orange-fronted Parakeet aka. Half-moon Conure
Playa Tamarindo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Member of the Parrot Family
§A Company of Parrots§

~true bird fact (birdter homes and gardens edition)~ The Orange-fronted Parakeet makes his home inside a hanging termite nest. A nesting pair will choose an appropriate spot and spend about a week burrowing into it from below and making a rather intricately laid-out nesting chamber. The birds then give the termites another few days to seal-off their tunnels to this area and voila, a nest that is hidden from predators, insulated, and dry. A guy in Costa Rica told your amateurnithologist that it was also a source of easy food for the young chicks, but I can find no corroboration of that claim on the internet. Let it never be said that I don't do the research!

Never complains, always seems to have a good mood
Laughs easily, big fan of pratfalls and physical comedy
Never talks philosophy or politics
Enjoys his free-time unashamedly, loves to relax

But that's not all parrot-fans. Your favorite bird blog has caught parrot fever! That's right, this month will be all parrot-posts all the time. If you're a fan of these lively and interesting birds, check back in the coming weeks. We've even got a birding expedition to attempt to find the notorious wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill of San Francisco! Will we succeed?! Keep checking the blog to find out.

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