Story Behind the Photo: Sun Parakeets
Sun Parakeets are considered a medium parrot and are known for their bright golden-orange color. They are highly social and usually live in flocks of 30 or more. Due to declining populations, Sun Parakeets were elevated to Endangered species in 2008 and are only found in a small area in northeastern South America. These Sun Parakeets are residents of the Sarasota Jungle Gardens, a refuge of sorts for exotic birds that can no longer be cared for by their owners. I watched these two for several minutes as they preened each other and were quite affectionate. This photo was taken last October, but as soon as I saw what I imagine to be ‘true love’ between these Sun Parakeets, I knew it would make a great photo for Valentine’s Day.