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8:39 a.m. 2012-07-15

peachfronts are not the only weird ones out there

While I was looking through Helmut Sick's Birds in Brazil: A Natural History, I noticed this paragraph:

"A most interesting behavioral detail is the way American psittacids copulate, entirely unlike psittacids in the rest of the world. There mounting occurs -- that is, the male mounts the female during copulation, as is customary with birds -- but this is not the case with Neotropical psittacids. For example, a male Amazona remains at the side of the female (generally on the left), firmly clutching the perch with one foot. He then places the other foot and a wing over the female and the two rub their cloacae together....

Oho, so Peachfronts aren't the only American parrots who like to put a "different" twist on things when doing the dirty deed. And I thought my birds were soooo creative.

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