Dracula Parrots are the Coolest Bird You’ve Never Heard Of

I’m not sure why this bird isn’t all over the fashion of the goth world. It’s just about the most Goth bird you’ve ever seen! (Seriously, how did this not make it in to Renfield?!)

With shiny black feathers on it’s back and bright red plumage on its wings and underbelly (males have red feather’s behind their eyes as well) the Dracula Parrot or Pesquet’s parrot exists only in New Guinea feasting on little else but specific species of figs, which is why scientists theorize it evolved to lose the feather’s on its face, to avoid getting them sticky with syrup.

It’s cry has been described as a rasping growl, which becomes a scream when it is in flight.

The Dracula parrot is a relatively large parrot, measuring a total length of about 18 inches and weighing between 1.5 and 1.75 pounds.

In areas where they aren’t hunted, you might often find them in groups of 10 to 14. They can almost always be found in pairs. Dracula parrots are believed to have a lifespan of 20 to 40 years and they nest in large, hollow trees. They are only known to lay one or two eggs at a time.

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It is believed that between 20,000 and 50,000 Dracula parrots exist in the wild. Unfortunately, it has been classified as vulnerable on the IUCN’s Red List. This is mainly due to habitat loss and the fact that poachers go after the Dracula parrot for their feathers, which are highly prized by collectors.


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