Rosy-faced lovebird

A small, short-tailed parrot with a soft pink face and dark eyes. Native to southwestern Africa, but feral populations occur in Arizona and in Hawaii; a common pet species, and escapees may occur anywhere. Wild birds are leaf green with brilliant blue rumps, but escaped domestic types may be mostly blue or yellow. Inhabits dry forests and river valleys; present in cities in both natural and introduced range. Call is a shrill, high whistle. Native to dry woodlands of southwestern Africa, this small parrot has established a thriving population around Phoenix, Arizona, with numbers estimated at over 2,000. Escapees from captivity are sometimes seen elsewhere. The birds around Phoenix are usually seen in small flocks. Pairs often nest under the dead fronds of untrimmed palm trees or in holes in giant saguaro cactus.