This is a free-flying Black-hooded Parakeet photographed in Calabasas, CA. This species occurs naturally in pantanal, savannas and settled areas from southwestern Brazil to northern Argentina. Although no one knows for sure how the parakeets came to live in California, we know people are the reason, and these birds illustrate the capacity of humans to move wildlife around the planet for economic, social or aesthetic reasons. With the plentiful food from native and non-plants, and the mild climate, these birds are thriving in Southern California.
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