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Young thick-billed parrots have white beaks, which turn black as they reach adulthood.

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Thick-billed parrots: Colorful, noisy, they once frequented the Verde Valley

After weeks spent crossing the most barren and windswept country the Southwest has to offer, the Spanish conquistador Antonio Espejo, his chronicler Diego Perez de Luxon and five soldiers, entered the Verde Valley in May 1583.