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The Common Shelduck was photographed in Duke Gardens at Durham, North Carolina.

The Common Shelduck was photographed in Duke Gardens at Durham, North Carolina.

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The Common Shelduck is black and white with a reddish chest band, a dark green head, and the drake has a knob on its red bill. It has a range of Europe and Asia. It has a habitat of mudflats, saline and brackish lakes, and fresh water rivers or marches. It has a diet of salt-water mollusks, insects, worms, seeds, and small fish.

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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.