Posted: December 13, 2010, 4:30 p.m. PST
Six thick-billed parrots hatched at the Wildlife Conservation Society's Queens Zoo.
Six thick-billed parrots (Rhynchopsitta pachyrhyncha) have hatched at Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo in New York. This brings the zoo’s total captive population to 23 parrots, which is good news for conservation efforts. The thick-billed parrot in the wild is endangered due to habitat loss and destruction. There is an estimated population of 2,000 to 2,800, according to BirdLife (www.birdlife.org). The distribution of the thick-billed parrot includes northwestern to central Mexico, along the Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range from western Chihuahua and eastern Sonora to Michoacan. It is one of two species of parrots that were once native to the United States. Learn more at www.queenszoo.com.
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