These large parrots live in the south of South America. They are oftten bought as pets because of their beautiful plumage, but they are extremely noisy and destructive.
They are not endangered, and live in quite large extended family groups. They are sometimes called Burrowing Parrots because they dig into cliffs and make their nests in a colony, controlled mainly by the females.
It is difficult to tell the males from the females because their plumage is the same, although the adult males tend to be slightly larger.
We have several Patagonians at the Aviary and they occasionally have chicks. They are our second noisiest birds, and they often squabble about nest boxes and perches - you can often hear them from as far away as the beach!