By Stella Davis
Posted: 04/01/2013 09:41:53 AM MDT
A pair of thick-billed parrots has become a hit with visitors to the
The sociable birds don't talk, but they make plenty of noise in acknowledging
visitors who come to see them. Living
& Gardens State Park
Holly Payne, animal curator at the park, said the birds, considered an endangered species, were acquired from the
The thick-billed parrot is one of only two species of parrot that once inhabited the
The thick-billed parrot is bright green in color with a large black bill and red crown, shoulders and thighs.
It is estimated that only 1,000 to 4,000 of the birds exist in the wild. However, the native species is well-established in captive breeding programs in many zoos around the world.
Payne said the parrot used to live in