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In the early 1970’s, some of these birds were broughtto Nassau (Bahamas) in captiivity, from which a few escaped. They spread throughout the Bahamas and probably to Florida, where they were discovered in Homestead in the late 1970s or early 1980s. The species has gradually spread throughout Florida and has been seen in most Florida counties. They were observed in 62 of the 68 2010 CBCs, numbering around 9,000 birds.