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April 2nd, 2007
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distributed research request: pretty bird
One of these seems to have taken residence in the tree outside our house:

It's probably an escaped pet, and someone's probably looking for it. My understanding is that the best place to report those is city Animal Control, and I'll call them when they open up at 11 am. (kadyg says she heard the bird at 1 am last night, so it seems to have settled in.)

My question is -- what sort of bird specifically is this? (There are several more pictures at this link.) I haven't seen too many parrots/macaws/etc up close.

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Edited to add: Consensus is a blue-and-yellow (aka gold-and-blue) macaw. Thank you! And animal control has been called -- the guy thanked me and got a laugh out of my "I don't think it's native" deadpan. He fired back "Not yet, anyway."

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From:soreth
Date:April 2nd, 2007 05:41 pm (UTC)
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Pterodactyl.

...What?

[Looks like a blue-and-yellow macaw to me]
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From:baxil
Date:April 2nd, 2007 06:16 pm (UTC)
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If it was a pterodactyl I'd have been all like "Hey that's a cool looking bird AAAAH MY MOST OF ME" as it came down and pecked me to death. But it still would have been ultra awesome.

Because then Nevada County would not only be the world leader in chainsaw suicides*, but also pterodactyl maulings.

[and thanks.]

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* This is actually true.
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From:kuangning
Date:April 2nd, 2007 05:48 pm (UTC)
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Looks like a gold and blue macaw to me. I miss those things; they used to be abundant back home and are all but gone now, thanks in large part to the pet trade.
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From:panzerwalt
Date:April 2nd, 2007 06:48 pm (UTC)
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yep, a gold and blue macaw. personally found them to be nasty dirty birds.
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From:heron61
Date:April 2nd, 2007 08:18 pm (UTC)
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I remember a friend of mine and I standing outside late one night in San Diego in the early 90s, when a small flock (4-5 birds) flew overhead. They made a great deal of noise (parrots being far from quiet birds) and were vividly visible in the street lights. I'm guessing that quite a lot of parrots get free, and in CA many of them make themselves at home. I'd not be in the least shocked to learn of feral parrots breeding in CA.
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From:kadyg
Date:April 2nd, 2007 09:40 pm (UTC)
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There is a rather famous flock living in San Francisco that is the subject of a book and a documentary. So it does happen.
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