No, Big Bird never had any little brothers or sisters (that we know of, at least). Golden parakeets are real - and really brightly coloured!
No, no one’s showing anyone how to get to Sesame Street, and Big Bird never had any little brothers or sisters (that we know of, at least). On this Wildlife Wednesday, we’re all atwitter about golden parakeets!
These sunny soarers can be found swooping and flapping between the lowland forests of their native Brazil—more specifically, in the northern part of the country, just south of the mighty Amazon river.
Why are they threatened?
If you find these brightly coloured birds fascinating, you’re not the only one. As a matter of fact, some less-than-classy people find golden parakeets so interesting that they’re willing to buy the birds illegally. Luckily, illegal trade of these parakeets has slowed down over the years, but it was at one point a major threat.
These days, major concerns include habitat destruction and fragmentation. Road construction and urbanization can isolate flocks, and illegal logging can remove suitable roosting trees.