Length, 40-45 cm
Less than 3,300
Mature pine, pine-oak and and mixed conifer forests at altitude of 2,000-3,500 m
Tamaulipas, Mexico Sierra Madre Oriental, Coahuila, Mexico Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Actually, Polly doesn't want a cracker. The maroon-fronted parrot is content with a menu of pine seeds, agave flowers, fruits and acorns. Pines, in particular, are so vital to its diet that mating season is timed to coincide with the fruiting of these trees. The extremely social bird mates for life, laying eggs in early July and spending October, November fledging one to three chicks. It migrates seasonally, building nests in holes in steep limestone cliffs, but never strays far from the trees that sustain it. These forests, however, are being consumed by wildfires and agricultural and residential development. And as go the pines, so go the parrots.