October 10, 2015 – Greater Vasa Parrot (Coracopsis vasa)
These unusual parrots are found in Madagascar and the Comoro Islands. They eat nuts, seeds, fruits, and berries. In the breeding season both sexes exhibit physical changes. Their beaks and facial skin change colors and females lose the feathers on the tops of their heads. The females’ feathers also turn from grey to brown without a molt. Females are larger than males and tend to be dominant and aggressive toward them. Unlike most parrots they often have multiple mates. Their incubation time of 18 days is also much shorter than most parrots, such as the similarly sized African Grey’s at 29 days.