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Red-masked Parakeet
Native to the arid Tumbesian zone of southwestern Ecuador and northwestern Peru, this species is near threatened in its natural range. However it is introduced to southern Peru, Puerto Rico, Florida, and California. California populations appear to be limited with scattered with breeding confirmed in San Francisco and San Diego. The San Francisco population is currently estimated at 200-300 birds mostly in the north and northeast sections of the city. Although not currently accepted on the California bird checklist, it is on the "watch list" of species which might become established in the future. This is the species that was featured in the documentary film "Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill" released to theaters in 2003. It sometimes goes under the name "Red-masked Conure" or "Cherry-headed Conure" in the pet-bird trade.
Location
Fort Mason, San Francisco, California, USA.
Date taken
24 February 2021
Scientific name
Aratinga erythrogenys
Parrots and parakeets never fail to brighten my mood - stunning colours and delightful ‘expressions’ which are also sadly their achilles heal. Great image 🙂
 
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He's really rather beautiful, isn't he Joseph. A super picture too my friend.

I've managed to find some friends to join him in the Gallery now LOL. They virtually all come from California!
 

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Category
North America
Added by
jmorlan
Date added
View count
86
Comment count
5

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Device
Canon Canon PowerShot SX70 HS
Aperture
ƒ/6.5
Focal length
247.0 mm
Exposure time
1/320
ISO
100
Filename
Red-maskedParakeetsIMG_7739.jpg
File size
269.7 KB
Date taken
Wed, 24 February 2021 10:44 AM
Dimensions
800px x 926px

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