Olive-throated Parakeet

Crossbilled Parakeet

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A small flock of Olive-throated Parakeets flew into a couple of trees on the grounds of the Jamaica Inn each morning and feasted on the seeds found high in the trees.  Parakeets are part of the large parrot family.  In this picture you can see the long tail that comes to a point – this differentiates a parrot from a parakeet because a parrot will have a shorter blunter tail.  Also note that the bottom mandible of the bill does not align with the upper but instead crosses beneath.  Like the Red and White-winged Crossbills found in Northern America the bill is designed to crack open hard seeds to get at the meat inside. A Jamaican endemic.

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Interesting points!