Meet Tahite

Meet Tahite
Puerto Rican Parrot, photo by US Fish and Wildlife Service
Puerto Rican Parrot, photo by US Fish and Wildlife Service

Bienvenidos! My name is Tahite. I’m a Puerto Rican parrot. Here are some things you should know about me:

  • I like to fly around where there are lots of tall trees. I live in the Caribbean National Rainforest or “El Yunque.”
  • I am mostly green with red feathers on my forehead and blue feathers under my wings.
  • I am about 12 inches long.
  • I like to eat seeds and fruits.
  • My scientific name is Amazona vittata but the Taínos call me “Iguaca.”
  • I make my nest high up in the cavities of tall trees like the palo colorado to stay safe from harm.
  • 500 years ago there were almost a million of us on Borikén. Today, because there isn’t much tall forest left on Puerto Rico, there are only about 100 of us in the wild.
  • The US Fish and Wildlife Service is breeding Puerto Rican parrots in captivity with the hope that someday soon we can live all over the island again. These efforts have increased the population to more than 400 birds.

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