Colorful Parrots

Blue and Gold Macaw

Blue and Gold Macaw

Buffon's Macaw

Buffon’s Macaw

Catalina Macaw

Catalina Macaw

Scarlet Macaw

Scarlet Macaw

Hyacinth Macaw

Hyacinth Macaw

Sulfur Crested Cockatoo

Sulfur Crested Cockatoo

Yellow Crowned Amazon Parrot

Yellow Crowned Amazon Parrot

Rainbow Lorikeet

Rainbow Lorikeet

Wild Lorikeet in Australia

Wild Lorikeet in Australia

Closeup of Colorful Feathers

Closeup of Colorful Feathers

Parrots are among the top ten intelligent animals.  People are drawn to them because they are so beautiful and can mimic human speech.  One of our favorite memories is the time we had “breakfast with the birds” in the rainforest of eastern Australia.  Rainbow lorikeets landed on our picnic table and helped themselves to apples as we ate!  In Sydney, we saw flocks of cockatoos flying around the Botanical Gardens.  The Taronga Zoo in Sydney gifted the Brookfield Zoo near Chicago a Major Mitchell’s cockatoo named Cookie in 1934.  In June 2015 Cookie celebrated his 82nd birthday (hatched on June 30, 1933 in Australia).  Cookie is one of the longest-living birds on record, and has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest living parrot in the world!  If you like birds in the parrot family, the best places in the world to see them are Australia and Brazil.

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

4 Responses to Colorful Parrots

  1. Pam, These are so beautiful! You could do the Capture the Colour with 5 birds. 🙂 Years ago we were tent camping on Sanibel Island in a place that also had an aviary. One morning I was walking to the shower and i heard a voice say, “Comeeeeer,” I looked around, (thinking that James was teasing me), only to discover that it was one of the resident parrots! 🙂 ~Terri

    • Pam says:

      What a great story! That made me smile. When I was a child my great grandmother had a large parrot and a bulldog in her small-town home. When she was in the backyard, a salesman came to the front door. She didn’t hear him knock, but the parrot did and said “come in”. He did, and the bulldog promptly bit him! If that wasn’t bad enough, then the parrot “laughed” loud and long. Life was never dull for her! 🙂

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