A few months back, the folks from the blog City Parrots shared these beautiful photos with me of a wild parrot population (red-masked parakeets and Amazon parrots) in Ocean Beach, far from their native home in Mexico and South America. One of them (under the fold to preserve the mirage of decency on this blog) caught two amorous birds in the act of mating. So, if you ever wondered how parrots “did it,” now you say can you know.
Two red-masked parakeets in Ocean Beach, California
The story of the wild Amazon parrots of Ocean Beach is quite interesting, as two separate species were discovered: the red-crowned Amazon and the lilac-crowned Amazon. The two species are identifiable by the coloring of a patch of feathers on their head (red or purple). The red-crowned species is much more numerous, and can breed with the lilac-crowned species (creating a hybridized parrot more resembling the red-crowned variety).This probably will result in the absorption of the lilac-crowned species and the disappearance of that phenotype in a couple more generations. The naughty photo below the fold is actually a picture of the two species interbreeding, throwing care for their species to the wind!
On the left is an example of the lilac-crowned amazon and on the right is the red-crowned amazon.
Three red-masked parakeets
The two species inter-breeding, right out there in the open! Well I never!
Shall we take a closer look?
What? Is she smiling?