Visiting Bird

desertdi(z9 Tucson)June 6, 2005

This little guy showed up yesterday and hung out in our mesquite for nearly an hour. Is he an escaped parakeet? Any ideas?


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tomatofreak(Z9 Phx USA)

He looks a lot like the peach-faced lovebirds that we had a big discussion about last year. There's a whole community over near Papago Park in Phx. Whatever he is, he's a handsome guy! Yes, if he was all alone, he probably has escaped from a cage somewhere. Did you try getting him to come to you?

    Bookmark   June 6, 2005 at 4:35PM
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desertdi(z9 Tucson)

Oh yes, DH spent a good long while trying to coax him down and the bird looked like he wanted to but just couldn't bring himself to make the leap. I hope he can survive on his own. We have a bird feeder so he could always eat here. He seems to scare the other birds.


    Bookmark   June 6, 2005 at 7:05PM
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Pagancat(Phoenix, AZ)

Evidently their native environment is very much like ours, so much that there are some pretty large colonies (flocks, I guess) in the Phoenix area of ex-domesticates. Don't worry about him, he'll do great.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2005 at 12:13AM
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judy_b(AZ zone 9)

There's been a bunch of them in our area for years. I love seeing the flash of color they bring.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2005 at 3:01AM
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Zill(z9 AZ)

We have breeding colonies in our Central Phoenix area, too. Since we have feeders and seed bells up, it's a rare day that we don't have groups of 2 to 8 coming in. In past years, the flocks were much larger, but I think that when the flock increases past a certain point, a new flock is formed to colonize other areas. They are great fun to watch.

Di, your little guy looks paler than the standard adult Peachfaced. It may be a young one (although I see no black on the bill).


    Bookmark   June 8, 2005 at 3:07AM
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