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Thick-Billed Parrot
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The Thick-billed parrot is the only remaining Psittacine species native to the United States. The other, the Carolina parakeet, was hunted to extinction in the early 1900s.

Thick-billed parrots regularly ranged into central Arizona and New Mexico until the early 1900s, and sporadically until the mid 1960s. Today they are largely confined to the Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains in northern Mexico.

Last updated: October 4, 2011