Classification Order Psittaciformes, Family Psittacidae Scientific Name Amazona Viridigenalis Other Common Names Mexican Red-Headed Amazon Parrot, Green Cheeked Amazon Parrot
Species Description Length: 33 cm (13in). Green. Feathers with
black edges. Red Forehead. Blue crown and blue around the ear
coverts. Red wing coverts; primaries with blue tips. Green tail with
yellow tip. Eyes yellow, beak pale yellow, legs green-gray. Young
birds have a red forhead.
Habitat Woodland, along forests, and in low country.
Generally near water. Like to forage in cypress or acacia trees, in
pairs or large flocks.
Distribution Northern Mexico south to Veracruz
Captivity Gentle birds; very popular with aviculturists.
Usually fairly good talkers. Their courtship behavior - in the wild
in March - is accompanied by much shrieking and pecking at each
other. Provide a pair (housed in a good sized aviary) with a roomy
barrel or nest box. The female lays 2-3 eggs. Incubation time about
26 days. The Young leave the nest after aproximately 68 days. These
parrots need large sunflower seeds, boiled maize (corn), some hemp,
oats, wheat, white seed, millet. walnuts, hazel nuts, ground nuts,
fruits, and greens year round. Various berries, bilberries,
gooseberries, and strawberries, are essential.
Summary An Amazon parrot is a large parrot of the genus
Amazona native to the New World ranging from South America to Mexico
and the Caribbean.
Most Amazons are predominantly green, with accenting colors that
depend on the species and can be quite vivid. Amazons, like all
parrots, are zygodactyl, having four toes on each foot-two front and
two back. They feed primarily on nuts and fruits, supplemented by
Amazons are known for their exceptional vocal abilities,
playfulness, and dexterity with their feet. They are very loyal,
loving companions; having them is somewhat like having a
two-year-old human child in ability and temperament for 50-plus
years. However, some Amazons are aggressive
(usually during their mating time), and they all require a lot of
attention when kept as pets. Parrots require more attention and care
than domesticated pets such as dogs or cats. Parrots are highly
intelligent wild animals.
While there are a number of species of birds that can be
kept as cage-bird pets with little human attention, parrots must
have daily attention in order to keep them mentally healthy. Parrots
are not for the inexperienced bird owner. All parrots need a lot of
stimulating activities to keep from being bored and terribly
destructive to themselves and their surroundings. In particular,
since Amazons are cavity nesters in the wild, their desire to chew
wood is strong, and they need to be provided with destructible toys
to satisfy this innate urge.
Amazons are actually very
similar in personality to monkeys, and both animals lead similar
lives back in their rainforest canopies. Amazons are very energetic,
playful, social creatures that crave lots of interaction with their
human owners. The best pet birds are hand-raised and have bonded
early with human companions. More than other parrot species, Amazons
are well known for their strong or often moody characters. They can
be, at different times, cuddly, loud, quiet, stubborn, silly,
jealous, playfully aggressive or irritable. They will play and fight
with their toys for hours on end, even rolling over on their backs
to juggle a ball or play with some string. Sometimes, however, an
Amazon will temporarily become possessive of a toy, or a person, and
may become quite aggressive toward anyone who tries to interfere.
Careless owners have had fingers or ears bitten, followed by a trip
to the hospital for stitches. This is the trickier aspect of owning
an Amazon parrot, you really have to understand your bird's moods
and behaviors. Amazon parrots are definitely not for all pet owners,
they need much more love and attention than most people would
expect. Owning an Amazon is very similar to owning a dog with wings.