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Thick-Billed Parrots Hatched At New York Zoo

Six thick-billed parrot chicks raise the zoo's captive population to 23 parrots.

By the News Division
Posted: December 13, 2010, 4:30 p.m. PST

Thick-billed parrots
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 ( 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

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Very beautiful parrot!Glad to know they are being bred in captivity.
Traci, Glendale, OR
Posted: 7/22/2013 4:23:44 PM
What gorgeous birds!!!! Glad to hear there are more little ones.
Colleen, Whiting, NJ
Posted: 7/26/2011 7:35:34 PM
This is great news!
Jinky, Apollo, PA
Posted: 7/26/2011 6:15:27 PM
Awww...glad to hear it!
C. Fresco, whiting, NJ
Posted: 7/20/2011 7:20:55 PM
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