You know that sayin’…you learn something new everyday? After all of these years of living in the Sonoran desert, yesterday I learned that Phoenix, Arizona has wild peach-faced lovebirds.
Aren’t they adorable? Taking a walk along the canal system in Phoenix, a noisy group of birds caught my attention. I’m not a bird watcher, but I do have a pretty good sense of various bird calls. So imagine my surprise looking up and seeing these adorable little creatures! After reading about them it seems they originated in south-west Africa where they thrive in natural arid habitats such as the Namib Desert. So how did they end up in Phoenix? Seems this area had some large aviaries that existed years ago and this particular bird bred well in their captivity and before long large flocks of them were flourishing. The aviary owners decided to let the birds go free knowing the environment here was so conducive to their needs; hot, dry and dusty arid conditions.
Ahh…the wonders of nature. Love them!