Chile - Burrowing Parrots

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A few birds photographed while standing on the stoep of the field office of an exploration project in Central Chile.

Chilean Mockingbird commonest of Chile’s endemics

Long-tailed Meadowlark

Picui Ground-Dove

Eared Dove

Dark-faced Ground-Tyrant

Fire-eyed Diucon

...and these were taken just before sunset in the small town of Monte Patria. These Burrowing Parrot (a large parrot of around 45cm) are but a few of the several hundred that congregate each evening on the trees, poles and wires within a two-block area of the town. The strange thing is that they were unknown in the town prior to a major earthquake in the area in 1997, and are only known from about 10-12 small pockets throughout the country, although they are much more widespread east of the Andes. One theory is that the parrots' cliff nesting sites were destroyed during the quake and they migrated to a more suitable nesting area.


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