Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Parrot Sets Birders A-Flutter.(Final)

Byline: Tania Soussan Journal Staff Writer

* Personable rare bird drops in for a spell at Ted Turner ranch

A lush green parrot with a crimson forehead and a raucous personality became an overnight sensation after dropping in for a stay at Ted Turner's Armendaris Ranch near Truth or Consequences.

The rare thick-billed parrot -- a species not seen in the United States for decades -- has bird watchers a-flutter.

"It's big," said Ken Stinnett of Las Cruces. "It's the first verified sighting of the thick-billed parrot in New Mexico."

Stinnett, a trained biologist who works as a stockbroker and studies birds in his spare time, hurried to the ranch last week to take pictures. …

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