Fans of Dracula will love this type of parrot because it looks like the vampire count’s pet bird. The birds are called Pesquet’s parrots, and they look mysterious. Their feathers are black and white, which makes them hard to forget. Their red feathers are the most striking thing about them, and they are not as scary as they look. People sometimes call them “Dracula parrots,” but they don’t eat blood. Instead, they eat figs. If you want to meet a Pesquet parrot, you’ll have to go to New Guinea, where they only live.
They are big birds, about 20 inches long and weighing about 26 oz. Male parrots can be told apart from females by the red spots behind their ears. They are most likely to be seen in the mountains of New Guinea. They move by jumping, which makes them easy targets for predators. Because of poaching and loss of territory, the number of Pesquet’s parrots is also going down. Watch the video presentation, where you can also hear them sing, to learn more about them.