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Hello Amando~
Are you having a fun day? I hope so! I'm sitting on mom's shoulder this morning to keep an eye on her while she types for me! I want to make sure she gets every word correct!
Enjoy the day!!

Here is today's Parakeet Blog!

Today's featured Parakeet is called the Grey-cheeked parakeet! They are also known as Pocket Parrots, Orange Flanked Parakeet and the Orange Winged Parakeet! These really cute birds are from South America. They live in the lowland forest and Shrublands in Ecuador and in Northwest Peru.

They are green with grey cheeks, dusky blue crowns and orange feathers under their wings. They are very tame birds as well as intelligent and curious. They can talk and mimic sounds. They are a little larger than a lovebird. You have to DNA these guys to find out who is girl and who is a boy.

From 1970 to 1992 there were thousands of them imported to the United States. In 1992 the federal government passed a law to stop the importation. At one time they were one of the 10 most desirable birds for pets. It is harder to find one today but there are still breeders out there. They run from about $200 to $400. They are illegal to own in Hawaii. Caiques, Parrotlets and Quakers are also illegal in Hawaii. It is said that they want to protect their natural habitats and at the same time deter the illegal cage trade.

Today they are categorized as CITES II which means they are protected and can not be imported legally. That hasn't stopped the illegal trade and with that and loss of their natural habitat the wild flock in down to about 15,000.

There are 2 reserves in Ecuador and Peru where most of the wild birds live. They are the Cerro Blanco Protection Forest in Ecuador and the Tumbes Reserve in Peru. You can see a picture of them in my gallery. They both look like paradise and it's very cool that the governments down there took action to protect the birds.

I hope you enjoyed today's blog! I thank you all for taking the time to read it and remember that this is for Muffin so you do not need to reply. Please fly by Muffin's page 203943 and leave a vote today!

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