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Does anybody know what the green birds with the yellow heads are that I see and hear in most wooded areas of St Thomas? They look like parrots, but I'm hoping somebody can provide more specifics. Thanks.

Posted : March 28, 2007 6:37 pm
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They're parakeets, Noisy little buggers which generally run (fly!) in packs, chittering chattering and squawking up a storm. Very societal. Nice that you enjoy them as so few visitors pay attention to the birds here! Have you seen the anis? In areas where you spot the parakeets you'll more often than not spot the anis.

They're big blackbirds, a parrot varietal and VERY ugly. All black, quite large with big parrot-like heads and beaks and long forked tail feathers. Very distinctive rather wailing voice. They also travel in "packs" and build comunal nests as in DUH! First birds lay their eggs and then everyone else joins in to lay so that the first layer often gets crushed as sometimes does the second...

I don't have it to hand but James Bond's (no, not 007!!!) Caribbean bird book is an awesome spotting identification source. Cheers!

Posted : March 28, 2007 6:58 pm
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is that parakeets as in Budgies?

Posted : March 28, 2007 10:37 pm
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They are St. Thomas conures.

Posted : March 29, 2007 5:00 am
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Thanx for the referral of the book, I have a book by Herbert A. Raffaele and it is not the best. A photographer recently sent me some pics to identify. Yellow head, yellow/greenish torso, with deep green wings and back. The birds are in flight so the bottom of the wings themselves are greyish with a little white. Having difficult identifiing it. I don't believe this to be a parakeet, tho not sure. Are you speaking of the Canary winged parakeet? Got any detail as for the actual name of the parakeet you are referring to? There are 5 parakeets shown in my book, none with yellow heads. HELP!

Posted : March 29, 2007 11:13 am
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I could have swore I saw a Parrot on the powerline right by the post office on STJ. He was sqwauking up a storm. That was one freaking big parakeet!

Posted : March 29, 2007 1:39 pm
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I know a couple who lives in Crz Bay who swears there is a group (pack? herd?) of parrots who hangs out in town. I've heard them squawking and gotten glimpses of them here and there, but I've never gotten a really good look. I always took the couple's word for it that the were parrots, but maybe they are parakeets also. I'm not big on birds, so I'm not too sure.

Posted : March 29, 2007 4:24 pm
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Birds travel in flocks.

Posted : March 29, 2007 5:22 pm
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Linda, flock it is, except for these:

A bevy of quail
A bouquet of pheasants [when flushed]
A brood of hens
A building of rooks
A cast of hawks [or falcons]
A charm of finches
A colony of penguins
A company of parrots
A congregation of plovers
A cover of coots
A covey of partridges [or grouse or ptarmigans]
A deceit of lapwings
A descent of woodpeckers
A dissimulation of birds
A dole of doves
An exaltation of larks
A fall of woodcocks
A flight of swallows [or doves, goshawks, or cormorants]
A gaggle of geese [wild or domesticated]
A host of sparrows
A kettle of hawks [riding a thermal]
A murmuration of starlings
A murder of crows
A muster of storks
A nye of pheasants [on the ground]
An ostentation of peacocks
A paddling of ducks [on the water]
A parliament of owls
A party of jays
A peep of chickens
A pitying of turtledoves
A raft of ducks
A rafter of turkeys
A siege of herons
A skein of geese [in flight]
A sord of mallards
A spring of teal
A tidings of magpies
A trip of dotterel
An unkindness of ravens
A watch of nightingales
A wedge of swans [or geese, flying in a V]
A wisp of snipe

So I guess that would be a company of parrots hanging around Cruz Bay. (couldn't resist.....sorry.)


Posted : March 29, 2007 5:31 pm
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You just have to wonder who came up with all that !??

Posted : March 29, 2007 7:47 pm

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