This trailer offers a first look at our new episode, Natural History and Future of Thick-billed Parrot.
Join OutBirding team Bret Whitney and Micah Riegner on a quest for the Endangered Thick-billed Parrot in the magnificent coniferous forests and canyons of the Sierra Madre in northwestern Mexico. In the field with researchers from the Mexican NGO OVIS – Organización Vida Silvestre -- we’ll visit the largest breeding colony of the Thick-billed Parrot and share the researchers' most recent insights, some as yet unpublished, on the population trend of this now highly Endangered species. We’ll also learn of the most critical threats to the Thick-billed Parrot throughout its annual cycle, and its prospects for the future.
This short trailer sets the table for our two-part discussion of Thick-billed Parrot history. We published Part 1 this week; Part 2 will follow a few weeks from now.
The Thick-billed Parrot is a globally Endangered species inhabiting the Sierra Madre Occidental of northwestern Mexico. The northernmost nesting population is only a few hours’ drive south of the US border, and the parrots used to occur regularly in some of the “sky island” mountain ranges of southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico. To gain historical perspective on the first ecological studies of Thick-billed Parrots in the Sierra Madre and also the saga of the US population, Bret Whitney, Micah Riegner, and Rose Ann Rowlett invited some of the early researchers to give their first-hand accounts of these little-known chapters in North American ornithology.