Willow’s World: Great Kiskadee

A bit of a messy start but I might as well throw it out there. Presently Willow has a series of feather images hanging on two of the walls in her “bedroom” and “Jungle Gym” room. I thought she may appreciate a change and decided what better way than to introduce Willow, and you and I, to some that may have passed through her natural world should she not have been captured back around 1992 and brought into Florida for the pet trade.

The White-fronted Parrot, Amazona albifrons, is found along the northwest Pacific and southern Gulf Coast of Mexico, south to Belize, Guatemala, Hondorus, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. There are also reports of White-fronted in San Diego and Los Angeles areas of CA, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami areas of FL, and along the TX/Mexico border in the vicinities of Brownsville and Mc Allen.

The Great Kiskadee, Pitangus sulphuratus, Is also located in some of the same areas of Mexico but the range extends south to include most of South America. Both species can be found in deciduous forests, forest edges, scrubby woodland, thorn bush, and agricultural areas. Wild White-fronted Parrots enjoy a diet with a variety of seeds, legumes, blooms, berries, fruits, corn, and mangoes. Great Kiskadee enjoy mostly flying insects, dragonflies, grasshoppers, bees, wasps, beetles, and termites but also an occasional small fish, tadpole, mouse, or nestling. Kiskadees will eat some fruits such as sugar hackberry, possum grape, and chili pepper.

The White-fronted Parrot, Amazona albifrons, is found along the northwest Pacific and southern Gulf Coast of Mexico, south to Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. There are also reports of White-fronted in San Diego and Los Angeles areas of CA, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami areas of FL, and along the TX/Mexico border in the vicinities of Brownsville and Mc Allen. Among the predators of both are hawks, some of which we know well here, a variety of other raptors and birds, and those darling capuchin monkeys. Now for a print, mount, mat, and frame of one of the images for Willow to admire or get nightmares over. Hmmmm… Will she even know?

All About Birds Great Kiskadee: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Great_KiskadeeChances of seeing one this far in the northeast where we are? In 2018 a Great Kiskadee was in Rondeau Park along the shores of Lake Erie in Canada. In 2019 there are reports from Albion, IN.https://ebird.org/map/grekis?neg=true…

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