September 22, 2016 – Blue-crowned Parakeet, Blue-crowned Conure, or Sharp-tailed Conure (Psittacara acuticaudatus, Thectocercus acuticaudatus, or Aratinga acuticaudata)
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These parrots are found in three distinct regions in northern South America, Eastern Brazil, and Central South America from southern Brazil through Bolivia, Paraguay, and Argentina. They feed on berries, seeds, nuts, cactus fruit, and crops such as mangoes, corn, and sorghum. Social birds, they travel in groups of up to 100 individuals and will join mixed-species flocks along with Mitred Conures. Five subspecies are spread across their ranges and are differentiated by slight color variations, mainly the amount of blue on their crown. Like most parrots, they nest in tree hollows. Females are thought to do most of the incubation, based on observations of captive behavior.