Parrots are some of the most colorful birds found in the wild and a pleasure to search for when traveling. Most species can be found in forests and open woodlands of Central and South America, they can also be found in grasslands of Australia, mountains of New Zealand, and even urban areas of the Untied States including Chicago, Brooklyn and San Francisco. Here are some checklists for parrot-watching equipment. These are general lists; watch the weather for each area and adjust accordingly.
Australia’s parrots can be found in forests, woodlands, grasslands, farmlands, or even in urban areas. Be prepared for changing temperatures and a variety of habitats. When visiting this country, your top priority should be sun protection.
___ A hat with a wide brim for sun protection
___ Sunscreen with strong UV protection
___ Solid, comfortable shoes that can take on rugged terrain
___ Layers of clothing since it can be cold in the morning and hot in the afternoon
___ Field Guide to Birds of Australia
South America/Central America
Depending on the country you are visiting, you may find yourself in cloud forest, open woodlands, farmland or grasslands. Be prepared for a variety of habitats and temperatures, but here are a few items that are essential in any country.
___ A hat with some sort of brim, baseball cap is fine
___ Insect Repellent
___ Lightweight, long-sleeved clothing (insect-repellent clothing is even better)
___ Wellington rubber boots to protect your feet against wet terrain and snakes
___ A bird field guide specific to the country you are visiting
Many “naturalized” parrots are found right in metro areas (including quaker parrots, conures, Amazons and Brotogeris), sitting on power lines or visiting backyard feeding stations. Be sensitive when visiting neighborhoods and using binoculars to watch parrots in someone’s backyard. You might consider knocking on the door and asking the homeowner for permission to watch the birds in and around their property, and in doing so, you often get a better view of the parrots.
___ Comfortable shoes
___ A bird field guide (handy to help prove that you are watching birds and not casing someone’s home)