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'Dracula' Parrots Are The Patronus Goth Teens Have Been Waiting For

Amy Pilkington 26 Feb 2020

If I were to start this article with something like, "Hey, parrots have some pretty cool colorings!" you'd probably all have the same response: DUH.

I mean, fair, but I wouldn't be featuring a parrot unless it was particularly special! I promise!

Meet Pesquet’s parrot, also known as a vulturine parrot, or colloquially: the "Dracula parrot."

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It feels like what happens when a moody bird looked at all those other, colorful parrots and decided they were "too loud," but still wanted a pop of color.

And what a pop it is!

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These gorgeous birds are only found in the rainforests of New Guinea.

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They're also one of the few parrot species without feathers on its face, which adds to the vulture-like quality that gives it one of its names.

Their call is described as: "Harsh and rasping; also described as growling. Also drawn out scream given frequently in flight."

Which definitely fits their creepy look.

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The only visual difference between males and females are tiny red dots behind the males' eyes.

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Sadly, the Dracula parrot is listed as vulnerable to extinction. This is partially due to their limited habitat and diet of figs, but also hunters and trappers after their unique feathers.

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Hopefully, more worldwide knowledge of these amazing birds will help promote more initiatives to protect them.

Meanwhile, we can appreciate them from afar and marvel in their gothic beauty.

h/t: Parrot Encyclopedia

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