The Pesquet Parrot (Psittrichas fulgidus), Also known as “Dracula parrot” in some parts of the world, it is a splendid medium-large specimen, with a predominantly black and red plumage. It is a species native to New Guinea, which you may have heard little about given the limited number of specimens currently living. Redlist, in fact, counts it among the “vulnerable” species, therefore potentially endangered.
The Pesquet Parrot is a rather imposing bird, which can reach half a meter in length (from the beak to the tail). Half of its body has a bright red plumage, while the other half, which includes the head, ranges from dusty gray to intense black.
Why do some people call him Parrot “Dracula”? Well, first of all because it seems that its appeal is nothing short of terrifying: parrots.org described it as a harsh and threatening scream, which the animal often throws even when it is in flight. In short, it is certainly not the ideal sound to wake up early in the morning. Secondly, its colors are very similar to those of the legendary Count.
This particular parrot it is a frugivorous animal, that is, it feeds exclusively on fruit or seeds. In particular, he is fond of some species of figs. Among the various parrot specimens, Pesquet’s is perhaps the only one that, during its evolution, has not kept any type of plumage on its face. This is probably due to evolutionary reasons – feeding mainly on fruit, the bird lost its feathers near its beak to prevent food debris from ruffling its feathers
At the moment, it is estimated that the specimens of Pappagallo di Pesquet oscillate between 20 thousand and 49 thousand, but the numbers are progressively decreasing due to the pressure of hunters and humans that put their habitat and species at risk. The hunt for this type of parrot is quite intense, as many hunters are interested in its precious colored feathers.