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Hello Ginger~
I hope you are having a perfect kind of day! It's still beautiful here and I am enjoying a day of snacking on apples and looking out the window. Simple times like this are the best ya know!!
You enjoy your day too!

Here is today's Parakeet blog!

I decided to look for more parakeets from South American, specifically in Ecuador where my mother and father were from! Did you know that Ecuador has 1500 bird species? It is only the size of Nevada. The United States has 800 species.

I saw a listing for a Red-Masked Parakeet and thought that would be interesting to learn about!
Imagine my surprise when I found out another name for the Red-Masked Parakeet is The Cherry-Headed Conure!
YES! Conures are considered Parakeets! You have to remember that the definition of a Parakeet is a small to medium sized bird with a long tail. This includes Conures!

They are from Ecuador and Peru and live in the lowland forests. They eat fruits and seeds out there in the forest. They are all green when they are hatched and get the red feathers when they are about 4 months old.
They are said to be very noisy and love to chew! My kind of bird!

There are wild flocks of them in Spain, Hawaii, Florida and California. The ones in California were featured in the movie "Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill." I also found out that there is a flock in Seward Park up in Seattle! I told mom it's time for a road trip! I want to go check them out!

The Red-Masked Parakeet it the 10th most common neotropical bird imported. Between 1981 to 1985
26,000 of these birds were imported to the United States. In 1994 the Red-Masked Parakeet went from being "of no concern" to "near threatened". Some of the problems is from loss of habitat but the major factor here is illegal parrot trade which still happens today.

The Red-Masked Parakeets do very well in breeding programs here in the US. I saw several ads for them online. They seem to run from $400 to $600.

Thank you for your time and I hope you enjoyed it!
Please be sure to drop by and leave a vote for Coach Muffin 203943 today! Thank you all so very much for all the votes you have dropped off! Muffin appreciates it so very much!

Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar
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