An Introduction to the Birds of Tropical America


The parrot family, from the giant macaws to the tiny parrotlets, is one the joys of birding tropical America.

Santa Marta Parakeet
Santa Marta Parakeet (Pyrrhura viridicata)
ProAves El Dorado Reserve, Santa Marta Sierra Nevada, Magdalena, Colombia
The Santa Marta Sierra Nevada is a isolated mountain range rising to 5000 meters above sea level. Many species of birds and animals, called endemic species, are found only there.

Yellow-eared Parrot
Yellow-eared Parrot (Ognorhynchus icterotis)
Tolima, Colombia
The endangered Yellow-eared Parrot is now found only in Colombia, and relies on the endangered wax palm tree for food and nesting. This pair is mating on a dead wax palm.

Rusty-faced Parrot
Rusty-faced Parrot (Hapalopsittaca amazonina)
ProAves Dusky Starfrontlet Reserve, Urrao, Antioquia, Colombia
Looking for salt and minerals at a rock outcrop.

Scarlet Macaw
Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao)
Selva Park Hotel, Cacoal, Brazil

Orange-winged Amazon
Orange-winged Amazon (Amazona amazonica)
Parque Biotematica Megua, Baranoa, Colombia
Amazons are a family of large stocky green parrots. Amazon parrots travel in large groups, and are found throughout tropical America.

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