The light phase Swainson's Hawk was photographed at Freezout Lake Wildlife Management Area in Montana

The light phase Swainson’s Hawk was photographed at Freezout Lake Wildlife Management Area in Montana

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This Swainson’s Hawk is a light phase brown above with a tan breast band and white face, and a narrow gray-banded rounded tail often ending in white. It has a range of northwestern North America to northern Mexico, mostly western. It has a habitat of plains, range, and open hills, sparse trees. Usually soars over the grassland, or by perching and scanning the ground.

The female Merlin was photographed at Humboldt Park in Bayview, Wisconsin

The female Merlin was photographed at Humboldt Park in Bayview, Wisconsin

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The female Merlin is a small compact falcon, slightly larger than a Jay, with dusky brown above, a bold streaked breast, and a broad black-banded tail. It has a range of the Northern parts of the Northern Hemisphere and summers mainly in Canada and Alaska. It has a habitat of open conifer woodlands, prairie groves, and in migration foothills, marshes, and open country. It feeds on mostly small birds, large insects, rodents, bats and reptiles. It is a fast flying bird swooping down on birds in the air and the ground.

The female American Kestrel was photographed near the Milwaukee, Wisconsin General Mitchell International Airport

The female American Kestrel was photographed near the Milwaukee, Wisconsin General Mitchell International Airport

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The American Kestrel is the smallest falcon, the size of a Jay, with a rufous back and tail, and a black and white face with a double mustache. It has dark brown barring on the back, long pointed wings, and a long tail. It has a range of most of North and South America. It has a range of open country, farmland, cities, wood edges, dead trees, and wires. The diet is mostly large insects, and some small mammals, rodents, birds, and reptiles. It is commonly seen perched on roadside wires.

The African Grey Parrot was photographed at Parrot Mountain Park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

The African Grey Parrot was photographed at Parrot Mountain Park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

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The African Grey Parrot is all grey except for a black bill, and red tail and under-tail coverts. It has a range in the African Congo. Their habitat is savannas, coastal mangroves, woodland and edges of forest clearings. It feeds on fruit, nuts, leaves, bark, and flowers. They are one of the most intelligent parrots and all known for their ability to mimic speech. There numbers are declining due to the loss of habitat and capture for the pet trade.

The Orange-Winged Amazon Parrot was photographed at Parrot Mountain Park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

The Orange-Winged Amazon Parrot was photographed at Parrot Mountain Park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

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The Orange-Winged Amazon Parrot is mainly green with blue and yellow feathers on the forehead and crown, yellow-orange on the cheeks, some orange on the underside of the wings, and a gray-black beak and gray feet. They are found mostly in northern and central South America. They habitat in forests, damp woodland, mangrove swaps, and bamboo clumps. Their diets are seeds, fruit, vegetables, cheese, and chicken. They are considered to have an endangered status and tend to live for 40 to 80 years.

 

The Blue-Fronted Amazon Parrot was photographed at Parrot Mountain in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

The Blue-Fronted Amazon Parrot was photographed at Parrot Mountain Park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

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The Blue-Fronted Amazon Parrot is mainly green with blue feathers on the forehead above the beak and yellow on the face and crown and a gray-black beak and gray feet. The range is over eastern and northern Bolivia, eastern Brazil, Paraguay, and northern Argentina. It has a habitat in forests, woodland, savanna, and palm groves. Their diets are seeds, fruit, and vegetables. They are considered to have a good population status and tend to live for 40 to 80 years.

The Yellow-Headed Amazon Parrot was photographed at Parrot Mountain in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

The Yellow-Headed Amazon Parrot was photographed at Parrot Mountain in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

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The Yellow-Headed Amazon Parrot is bright green with a yellow head and beak with a red patch at the bend of the wing and the tail, a sometimes yellow on the end of the tail feathers, and gray legs. Their range is mainly in the pine forests and mangroves in Guatemala, and coastal slopes of Mexico. They may be seen around Los Angeles and southern Texas. The popularity as a pet has severely reduced its numbers in the wild, as it is one of the parrots that talk best. The population is estimated at 7000. It feeds on fruits, seeds, and buds.

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